SignOn was created out of a need to practice American Sign Language live online with a Deaf Language Model - true language immersion. While Ashlee was studying to become a sign language interpreter, she became homebound and struggled to meet the required interaction hours with the Deaf Community. She was unable to go to the scheduled Deaf events or Deaf Socials. Through these struggles, Ashlee created the idea for SignOn! She felt there had to be a better way for students and others like her that wanted to interact with the Deaf Community but were limited by their schedules or could not travel. She didn't believe that she was the only one that ran into scheduling conflicts or unable to travel to a location. Ashlee found there was a need for live social interaction with the Deaf Community online. She realized that there was a gap in the learning and acquisition of American Sign Language. True ASL immersion was the missing link! In 2016, Ashlee launched SignOn to connect learners with the Deaf- SignOn's Deaf ASL Ambassadors.
Engaging the learner in American Sign Language
SignOn connects ASL learners and Deaf communities through authentic virtual learning interactions that give learners the unique opportunity to communicate one-on-one with a Deaf ASL Ambassador. SignOn users connect with their Deaf ASL Ambassador via a two-way video portal on our proprietary, web-based platform. During the live 30-minute sessions, users can personalize their experience, choosing to practice everything from basic vocabulary to daily conversation. The one-on-one live sessions are more engaging and immersive than the average textbook.
SignOn is available to anyone with an interest in improving their American Sign Language skills. We strive to meet the needs of a wide variety of individuals, from students in grades K-12 to students of college level ASL courses; from family members, friends and colleagues of Deaf individuals to companies that have a desire to better communicate with the Deaf Community. SignOn is committed to providing those who want to immerse themselves in ASL to experience a high caliber, flexible experience. The Deaf Ambassadors add an extra level of support to those who are new to the language and those who want to boost their ASL skills.
SignOn is available to anyone with a sincere interest in improving their American Sign Language ability. We strive to serve a wide variety of individuals, including students in grades K-12. Students that are learning college level ASL material and the family members, friends and colleagues of Deaf individuals. We also work with companies that have a desire to better communicate with the Deaf Community.
SignOn has a diverse group of Deaf ASL Ambassadors, all with different backgrounds, experiences and teaching methods. SignOn consists of Ambassadors that have Usher's Syndrome, Cochlear Implants, Hearing Aids, Cerebral Palsy. Each Ambassador has a different story, some have gone to schools for the Deaf, some have been mainstreamed, some have been in Deaf Ed programs and some have had a mix of experiences. Our Ambassadors bring a wide variety of experiences to their sessions as teachers, travelers, Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDIs), parents, sports coaches, artists, chefs, writers, small business owners, etc. Most importantly, our Ambassadors are committed to providing you with the best 30 minute SignOn session! The Deaf ASL Ambassadors are here to answer your questions, chat, practice, and improve your receptive and expressive ASL skills.