Janna and I are pleased to announce our latest book is now available for purchase from Amazon — American Sign Language Level 5: A Field Guide for Advanced Communication Techniques for People with Other Disabilities written by David Boles, M.F.A. and Janna Sweenie, M.A. — yes, it’s an eyeful of a title, but that sort of specificity is necessary for this sort sort of real life ASL field guide.

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Here’s the blurp from the opening of the handbook explaining the light and purpose of our work:

ASL is not just for Deaf People anymore. American Sign Language is actually a sophisticated communication meme with hundreds of applications for other disabilities that many overlook. We will provide footpaths for fresh discovery of interactive cross-disability communication. We are not teaching Baby Signs here. We are teaching ASL for those with Other Disabilities.

This is also a serious, scholarly, book with hard foundations in American Sign Language grammar, glossing and syntax — the teaching will also be fun and fresh and delightful.

While this book will be appropriate and reachable for every ASL learner, our top goal is serving the advanced, “ASL Level 5” professional and also mature signers like certified interpreters, other ASL instructors and ASL teaching programs as well as the Deaf and Other Disabled communities.

Over 85% of internet searches on our online multimedia teaching properties have some form of “ASL Level 5” as keywords searching for link results. We consider that empirical and quantitative proof that the phrase “ASL Level 5” proves a want for this book and that is the push that inspired us over the edge into this publication.

For over a decade, we have been working on an answer to that timely question — “Where is ASL Level 5?” — and the most fine-grained result are now in this 30,000 word handbook.

Here’s the chapters breakdown for American Sign Language Level 5: A Field Guide for Advanced Communication Techniques for People with Other Disabilities:

Chapter 1: Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Apraxia of Speech, Pure Alexia without Agraphia and Down Syndrome

Chapter 2: Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), Language Learning Disabilities (LLD), Traditional Learning Disabilities (LD), Dyslexia and other Special Needs

Chapter 3: Low Vision, the Blind and the Deaf/Blind

Chapter 4: Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis and Other Motor Impairments

Chapter 5: Amputation, Paralyzation, Limb Birth Defects and Broken Bones

Chapter 6: Hearing Impaired and the Non-Deaf Culture Deafened

Chapter 7: Brokering Dysfunctional Communication Dyads Between Parents, Average Siblings and Disabled Children and Adults

Chapter 8: Developing Communication Skills through ASL Play

Chapter 9: Tempering Classroom Communication Disconnects Between Teacher and Student

Chapter 10: Inventing New Methods and Excepting Technological Advancements, Plus a Note on Certified Deaf Interpreters (CDI)

We thank you for supporting our educational effort by purchasing our book — and we have a lot more books on a variety of topics being written and created for you right now.

Stay tuned for more news from David Boles Books Writing & Publishing!

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David Boles was born in Nebraska and his MFA is from Columbia University in the City of New York. He is an Author, Lyricist, Playwright, Publisher, Editor, Actor, Designer, Director, Poet, Producer, and Boodle Boy for print, radio, television, film, the web and the live stage. With more than 50 books in print, David continues to write 2MM words a year. He has authored over 25K articles and published more. Read the Prairie Voice Archive at Boles.com | Buy his books at David Boles Books Writing & Publishing | Earn the world with David Boles University | Get a script doctored at Script Professor | Touch American Sign Language mastery at Hardcore ASL.

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  1. Great to see the book is now available! Long process but a good result.

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    1. Yes, this book took years of planning and insight and experience to make happen. The results are unique and helpful, I think.

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      1. There isn’t another book like it. That’s for sure. The application of ASL to other disabilities is a unique and interesting niche.

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        1. Yes, and that’s what took so long — we needed real life, real time, experience to set up up the philosophy of, and ignite the applications in, the book!

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  2. Gordon Davidescu July 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Congratulations! This is an important and necessary book for our time!

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    1. Thanks, Gordon! It was definitely a challenge of a book to write. Some of it is linguistics common sense, some of it is innovative application of theory in critical communication dyads.

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