ASL 1101 Orientation to Deafness

Study the culture of the American Deaf community. Issues raised include the relationship between language and culture, the history of deaf education, the Deaf President Now revolution and the collective goals and values of the Deaf community. Gain an understanding of the effects of hearing loss by way of basic audiology, speech pathology and the anatomy of the ear. We will also address access to services for the Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and Deaf-Blind consumers.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: American Sign Language
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Explain the structure of the hearing mechanism, the causes of deafness, and the use of various assistive listening devices.
  • Understand Deaf culture and the varying views of Deafness.
  • Explain the major historical influences in the development of American Sign Language and other signing systems.
  • Identify historical persons who assisted with the growth of sign languages and the education system.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its impact on employment issues.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of the forms of deaf education and will be able to correctly identify and define laws that apply to deaf education.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3