acronym A word formed from the first letters of several words.
active hand The dominant hand; that is, the hand that moves when forming a sign.
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act.
American Manual Alphabet Twenty-six handshapes that represent the letters of the alphabet.
American Sign Language A visual language that is the primary means of communication for the Deaf.
audiogram A graph on which a hearing test result is recorded.
body shift The movement of the signer’s upper torso to represent two or more characters in a story or conversation.
The “Broken Ear” The National symbol that represents deafness.
classifiers A set of handshapes that represent categories, shapes, sizes, and movements of objects.
cochlear implant A device surgically implanted into the skull to stimulate the auditory fibers, allowing certain amounts of hearing.
CODA Acronym meaning “Children of Deaf Adults.”
compound sign Combining two or more signs.
Contact Sign A form of communication that uses sign language in English word order and combines both elements of ASL and English. Also referred to as PSE (Pidgin Sign English).