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Dear SignIt Supporter,

When I learned that my 18-month-old daughter was deaf, I didn’t know American Sign Language. But I quickly got my hands on everything I could find so we could start teaching Leah her primary language. The materials that were available then were, well, less than adequate. We ended up hiring a tutor.

When Leah was young, we focused our energy on creating Signing Time so her cousins and friends could communicate with her. I truly believed that someone would fill the gap and create high-quality, affordable materials to help parents of deaf kids learn ASL.

Almost two decades have gone by and the problem persists. According to, “about 90% of the deaf population has two hearing parents and 88% of those parents do not know sign language.” Lack of a shared language harms family relationships and academic achievement for deaf children. It’s heartbreaking. As Leah graduated from high school, we decided it was time to take action.

Today, the Signing Time Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of SignIt ASL, an innovative online course for beginners that brings together the cast of Signing Time with some of the best-known names in the world of Deaf humor, music, and culture.

We are inviting you to become a beta tester. Now through July 31, you can purchase SignIt Unit 1 (five complete lessons that teach ASL conversations about introductions, feelings, family, job, and school) for a special introductory price of $29.99.

We want to know what you think! If you see anything you like about SignIt or see ways we can improve the SignIt Lessons, please email us at

Happy signing,