Black ASL: The Effects of its Discovery on the Community
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As a Black Deaf researcher and author, Carolyn McCaskill reflects on her journey on interviewing Black Deaf community members about the use and presence of Black ASL, which resulted in the publication of "The Hidden Treasure of Black ASL: Its History and Structure" with other authors. Her reflections offer important insights on the transformative effects of bringing the Black Deaf experience and perspectives to researching sign language and cultural experiences.
This conference proceeding was made possible with the financial support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Humanities Advancement Grants [#HAA-258756-8, 2018]; and Gallaudet University: the Office of the Chief Bilingual Officer, Yeker Anderson Club, and Department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
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