American Sign Language is defined as a visual-gestural language, commonly used by the Deaf community and often by non-verbal students who have other handicapping conditions, that incorporates 41 hand-shaped symbols representing letters, words, ideas, concepts of approximately 900 English words, and some idioms that are specific to the deaf population.

This is a sign language dictionary that is organized by hand-shapes for students who use ASL as their primary means of communication and/or are non-readers. Vocabulary is organized by using categories of sign language graphics based on the use of the signer’s dominant hand. Each word is specifically color-coded to match the guide in the front of the book.