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Hands in Action – Our Mission

It’s our passion and desire serve as a catalyst to reach and connect the deaf and hard-of-hearing with all God has for them and to equip people of any ASL skill level with the tools needed to grow and learn more.

We also hope to raise awareness and understanding of deaf culture and build a community where we can all learn and grow in God together. Everyone deserves a family where they can feel understood, respected and loved.

... more information to come!

Fall 2023 Edition - Weekly Lesson Guide

WEEK 1 - Sept. 7, 2023 — TOPICS: Welcome to Signing - The Basics
Week 1 Lesson Guide: 

ASL 'Must Know' Terminology: LHTS ASL CLASS-WK00-MUST_KNOW_01-TERMS.pdf
Resource Links: LHTS ASL CLASS-WK00-MUST_KNOW_03-LINKS.pdf
ASL Manual Alphabet: LHTS ASL CLASS-WK00-MUST_KNOW_02-ABCs.pdf
ASL Alphabet Video (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

WEEK 2 - Sept. 14, 2023 — TOPICS: Fingerspelling Practice, Pronouns & Possessives
Week 2 Lesson Guide:

The Basics of ASL Question & Response (guide): LHTS-BASICS OF ASL QUESTION & RESPONSE.pdf
The Basics of ASL Question & Response (video): 

WEEK 3 - Sept. 21, 2023 — TOPICS: Numbers, The Rule of 9, ASL Phrases using Numbers
ASL Numbers (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):
ASL Rule of 9 (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

WEEK 4 - Sept. 28, 2023 — TOPICS: Family & Clarification Signs / Asking Questions
Lesson Vocabulary Guide: LHTS_ASL_CLASS-WK04-Family&Clarification.pdf
Family & Clarification Signs in ASL (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

100 Family Signs in 5 Minutes (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

WEEK 5 - Oct. 5, 2023 — TOPICS: Directional Signs, Prepositions, ASL Staging & Storytelling Skills

This week, we'll be talking about directional signs and how they can be used to tell stories.
Directional Signs (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):​ 

WEEK 6 - Oct. 12, 2023 — TOPICS: Personality & Emotion Signs (New!)

This lesson is all about describing different personalities and emotions.
How to Sign Personality Types  (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

100 Family Signs in 5 minutes (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel) — Many of these signs in the beginning should be review, so use them as practice. The second half of the video covers positive and negative personality traits.
Each are only signed 1 time, so you may need to rewind it a few times if over the word to make sure you get it.

WEEK 7 - Oct. 19, 2023 — TOPICS: Home & Food Signs
Lesson Vocabulary Guide: LHTS_ASL_CLASS-WK07-HOME & FOOD SIGNS.pdf
This week's vocabulary is coming from the following videos from Learn How To. Sign (YouTube Channel):
Home & Food Signs (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):

25 ASL Signs Around the Home (Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel):


WEEK 8 - Oct. 26, 2023 — TOPICS: School Signs & Colors
Lesson Vocabulary Guide: LHTS_ASL_CLASS-WK08-SCHOOL SIGNS & COLORS.pdf
This week's vocabulary is coming from the following videos from Learn How To. Sign (YouTube Channel):
School Signs & Colors -

School Signs in ASL - Part 1 –


WEEK 9 - Nov. 2, 2023 — TOPICS: Holiday Signs

The holidays are just around the corner, so we'll learn some signs to help us celebrate the season.
Lesson Vocabulary Guide: info to come

WEEK 10 - Nov. 9, 2023 — TOPICS: Travel & Vacation Signs
This week, we're taking a trip using sign to some of our favorite travel locations.
Vocabulary taken from from the Learn How To Sign (YouTube Channel) videos below:
Vacation Signs:

50 States in 3 Minutes:

WEEK 11 - Nov. 16, 2023 — TOPICS: Church Signs & Sharing the Gospel in Sign
The church signs vocabulary come from 2 different videos from the Learn How To Sign (YouTube Channel):
Church Sign Vocabulary Guide: LHTS_ASL_CLASS-WK11-CHURCH SIGNS.pdf
25 Church Signs:

Church Signs:

EVERY WEDNESDAY at 7PM - Interpreter Training and Weekly Service at Faith Assembly of God, Curry Ford Campus – 9307 Curry Ford Road, Orlando, FL 32825.
Each week, there are a group of us that are attending the mid-week service at Faith Assembly where they have an on-going interpreter training program. We enjoy the service where students get a chance to improve their skills during the service, and afterwards, we gather in the atrium to discuss what we've learned  and how to improve. It's open to anyone interested in coming, so please let us know if you're interested.

Resource Quick Links

Learn How To Sign - YouTube Channel: 
This channel contains many of the vocabulary videos we go over each week along with other resources to improve your signing skills.

Handspeak: This site is an an incredible resource, not only as an online dictionary with videos for many ASL signs, but also information about Deaf culture, fingerspelling quizzes, words for the day and ASL storytelling.

Action Church ASL Small Group Portal:  We set up this online 'cloud' storage area to post videos and other resources that are too large to send any other way. It will continue to grow with more resources added as needed.

ASL.MS - Fingerspelling Practice: This site offers a series of random words where you can set the speed and number of letters, then type it in to see if you got it correct.

Church Center App - Resources Tab: All of the resources, the calendar and email messages will be handled directly through this app, which can be used on your mobile phone or computer. Here's a link to the Resources page with all of the same lesson materials for this small group to get you started.

Deaf Awareness Resources

Below are links to videos and resources to help you better understand the Deaf community. The goal is to improve communications between the hearing and Deaf communities because every voice—whether spoke or signed—deserves to be heard.

PLEASE NOTE:  Many of these videos are completely in ASL. You will need to turn on Closed Captioning if you are still learning so you can follow along.

Learning How To Sign (You-Tube Channel) Topics on Deaf Culture:
Can Deaf People Lip Read? :
Your ASL Questions Answered for 38 Minutes Straight (From a LIVE Zoom Call with viewers):


Do's and Don'ts of Interacting with the Deaf Community (by Chrissy Marshall - YouTube Channel )
Do's & Don'ts - Part 1:
Do's & Don'ts - Part 2: 

Things Not To Say To Deaf People:

Marlee Matlin on Deaf and Police Interaction (Voice over included for hearing)

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