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 of being bilingual in 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 ASL 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 the University of Manitoba and the University of Alberta.

Family Information Package

Learn what research has to say about visual language and bilingualism. Read people's stories about growing up bilingual. Click here to see the contents of the Family Information Package and to request your own copy.