ASLU is an online curriculum resource center. ASLU provides free self-study materials and lessons as well as fee-based instructor-guided courses.
ASLU has been offering online sign language instruction since 1997. The program began as an effort to support parents of deaf children living in rural or “outlying” areas without access to sign language classes. Many students requested the opportunity to use these courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student’s signing ability. Since verification and documentation is a time consuming process requiring the attention and participation of a skilled ASL instructor, a formal fee-based program was provided in addition to the free resources. Students who do not need documentation or instructor-based evaluation should not register nor pay tuition. Such individuals are welcome to self-study from the publicly available online lessons for free.