ASLTA Crew Program

First ever in American Sign Language Teacher’s Association’s history, we are establishing a youth program that focuses on bringing our next generation into the sign language field. ASLTA’s mission is to perpetuate, preserve, and promote American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf Culture through excellence in teaching. This includes teaching ASL as a heritage or first language, as a second language, and as part of Deaf Studies. With this in mind, exposure to American Sign Language and its greatest advocates will lead our youth in the future of this field. The young generation is the generation ASLTA want to invest in for many years to come. At this conference here in San Diego, we are introducing the ASLTA Crew Program to the biennial conference and expanding this investment. 

Similar to the National Association of the Deaf and the Council De Manos, we are looking to recruit individuals age 12-18 who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or a KODA (Kid of Deaf Adult) to partake in fun activities including taking videos, photos, make video announcements, introducing presenters, and be runners for the ASLTA Board and the Conference Committee. 

ASL Crew Name *
ASL Crew Name
Must attend the ASLTA conference

Disclaimer: This is only the beginning of a screening process. The youth is expected to meet the criteria listed: Age 12-18, Deaf/hard of hearing/KODA, ASL user, and his/her parents being registered for ASLTA 2019 Conference. The youth is expected to submit an ASL or a Written Essay Question response by March 1, 2019 - 

What does American Sign Language mean to you? 

ASL: Make a maximum 3 minutes video in .mov or .mp4 file 

English: Type a maximum one page with 12pt font size and single spaced in .doc or .docx file 

Email file to with subject header: Last name, First name - ASLTA Crew Program. 

Upon acceptance into the ASLTA Crew Program, the fee is $100 which includes breakfasts, lunches, refreshments, backpack, water bottle, a field trip, and training.