[Cato] Looking for an Alt Text resource for ASL

Ward Naf wnaf at whatcom.edu
Wed Jan 24 16:47:49 PST 2018

I found this for the alphabet http://www.deafblind.com/asl.html
I have emailed the site owner and asked if he has a resource for word signs.

Ward Naf
IT Director
Whatcom Community College
(360) 383-3430

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
eLearning Instructional Designer
Associate Faculty Nutrition
Shoreline Community College
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