Born deaf to deaf parents and growing up with a deaf sister, Dr. Byron W. Bridges has used ASL as the primary language throughout his whole life. He attended deaf schools and public schools. Dr. Bridges earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Deaf Studies at California State University of Northridge, Masters of Arts (MA) degree in Linguistics from Gallaudet University, and a doctoral degree (Ed.D) in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University.
Dr. Bridges co-authored the book, Deaf Tend Yours. He has written video scripts and produced numerous sign language related videotapes/DVDs. He is a nationally-known teacher and lecturer in ASL and sign language interpretation. Dr. Bridges has been in the field of ASL linguistics, interpreting and post secondary teaching of ASL as a second language for 30 years. He is a certified Deaf interpreter (CDI), earning the certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf.
Sign Language 101's Enrolled Lessons
3 minFREESign Language lessonFree2 CQ
What is the difference between English and sign language? Rob Nielson compares ASL to written languages and explains why his lessons don’t involve speaking.
6 minSign Language lesson4 CQ
Want to learn American Sign Language, or ASL? Start with the basics of fingerspelling and learn the correct form for each letter of the alphabet.
5 minSign Language lesson3 CQ
Want to learn more descriptive American Sign Language (ASL) signs? In this sign language lesson, learn 12 signs for basic colors, as well as comparison signs.
10 minSign Language lesson6 CQ
In this American Sign Language lesson with certified ASL teacher Rob Nielson, learn common ASL words and phrases for meeting, greetings, and salutations.
12 minSign Language lesson7 CQ
Three-letter words are simple, right? Not if you’re learning ASL. Find out four essential fingerspelling strategies that’ll help you become fluent in signing.