ABOUT this Production

This movie was created from the vision of the California Department of Education and California State University, Northridge. Funding provided by the Annenberg Foundation.

Research tells us:

  • All babies benefit from sign language. Thousands of hearing babies learn to sign before they talk. ASL is a language for the whole family and community.
  • Vision is the natural pathway for brain cognition, connections and language acquisition for deaf and hard of hearing children. It taps into the child’s strengths.
  • ASL supports the development of written and spoken English and other languages.
  • Children can easily acquire and use more than one language at the same time.
  • ASL is one of the most widely used languages in the United States.
  • Time is of the essence. Infancy is a critical period for language access and language acquisition. But it’s never too late – hearing people of all ages can learn ASL.

Read and Download (PDF) the Letter from
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
(June 8, 2011)

Families seen on this video:

Wysinger Family

Ronco Family

Chauhan Family

McCarthy Family

Garcia Family