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ASLTA is a national professional organization of American Sign Language and Deaf studies teachers. Its 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.
ASLTA is the only national organization dedicated to the improvement and expansion of the teaching of ASL and Deaf Studies at all levels of instruction.
ASLTA is an individual membership organization of more than 1,000 ASL and Deaf Studies educators from elementary through graduate education as well as agencies.
The Association is committed to:
(1) Insuring that teachers of ASL meet the highest level of professional competence in knowledge and skill;
(2) Improving the professional status of ASL and Deaf Studies teachers, and
(3) Promoting the teaching of ASL in all levels of education. ASLTA supports the growth of the profession of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies teaching through exchange of ideas among teachers on best teaching practices at local, state, and national levels.