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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Hand Speak - Online ASL learning

About HandSpeak
HandSpeak is a unique content site, consisting of visual and sign languages. Handspeak offers American Sign Language (ASL) online dictionary and lessons, plus other resources: Baby Sign, International Sign Language, Emoticon + Bodicon (facial expression + body language), gestures, manual alphabet (fingerspelling) and numeral, Sign stories and arts. The HandSpeak website is an excellent one-stop resource of the visual and sign languages online.

Handspeak, coined by Jolanta Lapiak with her alternative perspectives of language and art in her works, brings users to exploring an enrichening visual language, culture and art as well as enhancing their language, communication and expression.

About the Creator

Jolanta Lapiak is the creator of Handspeak. She is a multitalented media artist, poet and narrator in visual/sign languges, a natural teacher and student filled with creativity, vision and exploration. In her childhood, her first languages were mathematics and drawing, along with gestures, signed and written languages. Throughout her life as a native Signer, she has lived in several cities and countries as well as she travels a lot, absorbing in cultures and languages.

Jolanta earned a BA, summa cum laude, from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. and a BFA with distinction in Media Arts and Digital Technologies from Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary. She is a MFA candidate in Fine and Media Arts at NSCAD University in Halifax. She has studied ASL linguistics and culture studies. Among her works at, her greatest work is the HandSpeak site.

Who uses HandSpeak? Who learns and uses signs?
babies and infants, college students, clergies, dancers, deaf and deafened people, doctors, firefighters, foreigners, hard of hearing, hearing people, home-schoolers, military officers, musicians, nurses, owners of pets, parents of deaf children, parents of infants, performing artists, pilots, police officers, people with disabilities, public speakers, sale clerks, scuba divers, sign language students/ interpreters/ instructors, singers, teachers, teenagers, US Army, US Navy...

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