[Cato] Looking for an Alt Text resource for ASL

Kerri B. Holferty kholferty at whatcom.edu
Wed Jan 24 16:37:47 PST 2018

This is a toughie...not sure what resources are out there for this but I will do some checking. The Lighthouse in Seattle may have some resources since they work with Deaf-Blind folks.

I've had a blind student take ASL classes before and hired a Deaf interpreter who copy signed everything the instructor signed but did it tactilely for the blind student.


Kerri B. Holferty, M.Ed.
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From: Cato [mailto:cato-bounces at lists.ctc.edu] On Behalf Of Rovner, Amy
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 1:59 PM
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Subject: [Cato] Looking for an Alt Text resource for ASL


This is a bit off the mark for CATO but you all are my go-to's for accessibility questions...

I'm working with our Am Sign Language instructor at Shoreline.  She wants to make her class more accessible but is struggling b/c it has many, many images of signs. If she adds alt text to a sign that identifies the sign (like a definition such as "Apple"), then that's not helping a low vision/blind student, etc. learn the sign.  In most cases it's giving away the answer.

We're looking for an alt text dictionary for ASL.  These would be descriptions of what the hand/fingers and motions are in an image instead.  Something has to exist already and it's an overwhelming task for her to take on as one person.

Anyone know of such a resource or who I should ask??

Thanks in advance!


Amy Rovner, MPH RD
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Shoreline Community College
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