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Bailey, C. and Dolby, K. (2002). The Canadian Dictionary of ASL. Edmonton, Alberta: The University of Alberta Press.

Baker-Shenk, C. and Cokely, D. (1991). American Sign Language. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (2012). The Signing Dictionary for Kids. Toronto: Ontario.

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf and marblemedia – see sign language in action on an award-winning TV series now online!

Eastman, G. (1989). From Mime to Sign. Silver Spring, Maryland: T.J.Publishers

Supalla, S. (1992) The Book of Name Signs: Naming in American Sign Language. San Diego, CA: Dawn Sign Press.

Valli, C., C. Lucas, K.J. Mulrooney (2005). Linguistics of American Sign Language. Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet University Press.

The Deaf Community

Brislin, R., K. Cushner, C. Cherrie and M. Yong (1986). Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide. First Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Brislin, R and Cushner, K. (1996). Intercultural Interactions: A Practical Guide. Second Edition. Cross-Cultural Research and Methodology. Vol.9. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, Inc.

Cripps, J. Deaf Culture. A. Small (Ed.) Retrieved from:

Gibson, H. and Small, A. (1996). Reflections of Ourselves: The Deaf Community from Both Sides of the Mirror. In: Signing On: Adopting a Cultural Perspective. Bobier, D. (Ed). London, Ontario: McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario.

Lane, H., Hoffmeister, R. and B. Bahan. (1996). A Journey into the Deaf World. San Diego, CA: DawnSignPress.

Saks, O. (1989). Seeing Voices. Berkeley, California: University of California Press.

Small, A. Cripps, J.S.  and Cote, J. (2012). Cultural Space and Self/Identity Development Among Deaf Youth. Monograph I. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf and Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research

Solomon, A. (2012). Deaf. Far from the Tree. New York, NY: Scribner, Simon and Schuster, Inc. 49-114.

Deaf Theatre in North America

Kilpatrick, B.R. (2007). The History of The Formation of Deaf Children’s Theatre in the United States Dissertation, Faculty of the College Of Graduate Studies, Lamar University, In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Doctor of Education in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education.

Miles, D and Fant, L. (1976). Sign-Language Theatre and Deaf Theatre: New Definitions And Directions. Murphy, H.J. (Editor). Northridge: Center On Deafness California State University, Northridge.

Tracte, R.E. (1998). Deaf Theatre in Canada: Signposts To An Other Land. Edmonton, Alberta: University of Alberta

ASL Literature Genres

Byrne, A. (2013). American Sign Language (ASL) Literacy And ASL Literature: A Critical Appraisal. Toronto, Ontario: A Dissertation Submitted To The Faculty Of Graduate Studies In Partial Fulfillment Of The Requirements For The Degree Of Doctor Of   Philosophy Graduate Program In Education York University.


Small, A. and Cripps, J.S. (2009). Attitude Planning and Language Planning. In Reference Guide: Barrier Free Education. Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Hearing Society. 23-43. Retrieved from:

Accessibility and the Arts

ACTRA (2016). A Catalogue of ACTRA’s Diverse Performers. Retrieved from

ACTRA (2013). Practical Tips for Auditioning Deaf Actors. Retrieved from

ACTRA (2013). Guide for Auditioning Deaf Actors: Helpful Links. Retrieved from

ACTRA (2016). #ShareTheScreen. Video. ACTRA Toronto Diversity Committee. Retrieved from

Artbridges (2016). Resources and Tools for Community Engaged Arts.

Canada Council for the Arts (2015). Expanding the Arts: A Guidebook for Working with Artists who are Deaf or have Disabilities

Jacobson, R. and McMurchy, G. (2010). Focus on Disability and Deaf Arts in Canada: A Report from the Field. Canada Council for the Arts Retrieved from

Lu, A. (2014). Making Queer Events Accessible for the Deaf Community: A How to Guide. Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf.

Picasso Pro and Creative Trust (2012). The Performing Arts Access Program: Handbook Part II – American Sign Language (ASL) and Theatrical Interpretation.

Picasso Pro Archive (2016). Retrieved from:

Artistic Sign Language

Dennison, S. Director of ASL and ASL Consultant, “I Was the Most Alive with You”, role explanation.

Dennison, S. Director of Artistic Sign Language, “I Was the Most Alive with You, sample.

Kubey, A. (2014). What Makes Sign Language in Theatre Artistic? September 14, 2014.

Nadarajah, N. (2016). The Limping Chicken: Sign Language in Theatre Should be Art Not Access. June 15, 2016. 

Sign Language Theatrical Performances

Agamemnon Performances (Behind the scenes rehearsal). Directed by Jose Saldana, Deaf filmmaker. Retrieved from:

I Was Most Alive with You Retrieved from:

Shakespeare: Found in Translation. Directed by Cathy Heffernan, Deaf filmmaker. Retrieved from:

Spring Awakenings Retrieved from:

Tribes Retrieved from:

Signed Music

Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf (2015). Signed Music: Rhythm of the Heart. Deaf Arts Handbook Series. Toronto, Ontario. Retrieved from:

Cripps, J.H., Rosenblum, E. and Small, A. (2016). Signed Music. In P. Boudreault, G. Gertz & J.G. Golson (Eds) The Deaf Studies Encyclopedia. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

Cripps, J.H., Rosenblum, E., Small, A., & Cripps, J. S. (2014). Understanding music through American Sign Language [Website]. Towson, MD: Towson University.

Cripps, J. S., Small, A., Rosenblum, E., & Cripps, J. H. (2015). Signed Music: Rhythm of the Heart. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf. Documentary.


The Association of Visual Language Interpreters of Canada (AVLIC)

Canadian Hearing Society Newsletter: ASL Interpreter Information I call the OIS Scheduling Centre, I speak to an Assignment Coordinator. What do they do?

Deaf Culture Centre

George Brown College ASL/English Interpreter Program

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