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Five Common Misconceptions About American Sign Language

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

Let’s look at five misconceptions associated with American Sign Language.

American Sign Language (ASL), like any foreign language, falls prey to a wide array of misconceptions from people who have less familiarity with the language.

While it is called “American” Sign Language, this doesn’t mean it shares all of the same traits as the English language and is simply a representation of English that uses hands and gestures.

But ASL is different from that. Let’s look at five misconceptions associated with ASL.


Easy Reminders for Communicating With Deaf People

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

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Here are some useful tips that will help you through easy and effective communication.

Communicating with a deaf person isn’t all that different than communicating with a hearing person.  When communicating with both deaf and hearing people, many of the same nonverbal cues are used.  This type of nonverbal language just requires more focus and attention when communicating with deaf people.  Here are some useful tips that will help you through easy and effective communication. (more…)

The History of American Sign Language

Monday, August 8th, 2016

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American Sign Language allows people of all different ages to connect with one another.

From medical exam rooms to speeches to church services, American Sign Language can be found in the most extraordinary places. It has helped people heal when they are sick, find what they are searching for, and helped neighbors communicate. But have you ever wondered where this language system came from? Let’s take a look at the origins of American Sign Language. (more…)

Benefits of a Medical Interpreter

Monday, April 4th, 2016

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Your medical interpreter will be able to communicate your needs to your medical staff.

Going to the doctor is a stressful appointment for anyone but it can be even more stressful when a person is faced with the challenge of being deaf. Whether a first doctor’s appointment or a visit with a specialist, medical interpreters help deaf/hard of hearing patients understand the doctor clearly.  Here are some reasons a medical interpreter is important! (more…)

The Value of American Sign Language Interpreting Services

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Speeches, concerts, plays, performances, corporate events—they all have something in common: the ability to benefit from interpreting services. As the US continues to acknowledge its many deaf citizens, interpreters for American Sign Language are seen more and more at community and public events.interpreting-services-american-sign-language

Reaching out to deaf citizens by providing interpreting services for them at venues, meetings and more is a valuable benefit. If you have something to be heard, and you want it to reach as many people as possible, you likely will benefit from interpreting services. Keep reading how having an American Sign Language interpreter benefits not only deaf citizens, but others as well.


At Family Service Foundation (FSF), a social services organization in Baltimore, Maryland, we are dedicated to providing advocacy and support to individuals with mental and physical disabilities that have recently left inpatient settings. Integration back into the community can be difficult; for that reason, each member of our team works to provide services specifically tailored to each individual and family that we work with. We believe that all individuals can achieve their highest levels of social, physical, and emotional well-being in the community when they have the proper support. FSF specializes in serving Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. We also have American Sign Language interpreters on staff at all of our locations for the convenience of our Deaf and hard of hearing clients. For more information about The Family Service Foundation, please visit our website at or give us a call at 301-459-2121.
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