About

Our mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies. Learn more about our history

ASLTA is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers.

We are the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction. ASLTA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 ASL and Deaf Studies educators from elementary through graduate education as well as agencies. Find a certified ASLTA teacher

ASLTA supports the growth of the profession of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies teaching through exchange of ideas among teachers on best teaching practices at local, state, and national levels. Meet our board

ASLTA strives to achieve its mission every day by:

  • Ensuring that teachers of ASL meet the highest level of professional competence in knowledge and skill
  • Improving the professional status of ASL and Deaf Studies teachers
  • Promoting the teaching of ASL in all levels of education
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ASLTA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supported by the generosity of its individual and organizational members and donors. Membership in ASLTA is open to teachers of American Sign Language, Deaf Studies and related professions, including individuals who support the goals of the organization. View our bylaws