Family Information Center

Research-based information about American Sign Language and Bilingualism

for families with deaf and hard-of-hearing children

Growing Together: The Science of Visual Language and Visual Learning

The SCIENCE OF LEARNING clearly tells us:

more equals more!

More language means more vocabulary, more communication, more ways to grow together, more connection, and more laughter. 

More readiness for school, more readiness for reading, more resources, more access.

We are a Science of Learning Center funded by the National Science Foundation in the United States. We study visual language and learning. We study the advantages and benefits of being bilingual in both English and American Sign Language (ASL).

We are making new discoveries that benefit your family and your child.

This website is for you. Let’s thrive together.

Sign & Read Together

Read with your child and learn American Sign Language at the same time! Read more about our exciting bilingual and interactive storybook apps for the iPad. And request your free ABC poster today!

VL2 Parent Toolkit

Online resources are available to help you and your child learn ASL together! Introducing the Parent Toolkit Website by University of Manitoba and University of Alberta.

Parent Information Package

Learn what the research has to say about visual language and bilingualism.  Read real life stories, from real people, on growing up bilingual, and or learning sign language in life. Go here to see the contents of the parent information package and to request your own copy.