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ASL University
ASLU is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center.  ASLU provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information as well as formal tuition-based courses.

ASLU has been offering online sign language instruction since 1997.  The program began as an effort to support parents of Deaf children living in rural or "outlying" areas without access to sign language classes. 

You are welcome to self-study from the various publicly available lessons for free.


ASLU was founded by Dr. William G. Vicars, Ed.D. (Also widely known as "Dr. Bill"). He holds an accredited doctorate in Deaf Studies / Deaf Education from Lamar University in Texas and taught for nearly two decades as a full-time Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies at California State University - Sacramento.  ("ASL University" is not affiliated with the California State University system -- CSUS was simply his day job.) Dr. Bill was born hard of hearing and has become more and more Deaf over the years. He is married to "Bee" (Belinda) Vicars who is also Deaf.

ASL University is an "online" school -- thus we are "located" in the cloud.  However, for what it is worth, we based in Sacramento, California, (US).  Dr. Vicars and other members of the ASLU instructional team are sometimes available to provide workshops and seminars world-wide to schools and organizations. Correspondence may be directed to: [Contact info]


Hello ASL Heroes!!!

       Welcome to ASLU!   I'm Dr. Bill.  (Also known in some circles as "Indiana Bill" or "Professor V").  When not out having adventures I disguise myself as a mild mannered college professor at Sacramento State University in California, (USA).  (Click here for info regarding my qualifications.)

       I developed ASL University (hosted at as a tool teach my college classes -- so I use the ASLU lessons and materials constantly.   Making these resources available to the public has been a lot of fun (a lot of work, but a lot of fun).  I'll be the first to tell you, ASLU (Lifeprint) isn't perfect, but hey if you are going to get anywhere you've got to start somewhere.

Registration is open year round for Fall 2021 for ASL 1, ASL 2, ASL 3, and ASL 4. Each course is $483.
Within 72 hours after registering and paying tuition you will receive a "Welcome" email with instructions on how to take and succeed in your ASL course.    

For more information and/or to register for classes visit: REGISTRATION
Take care and best wishes.

~ Dr. Bill

William G. Vicars, Ed.D.
Director, ASL University

Former day job: Tenured (full) Professor of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies (Currently: Emeritus)
California State University - Sacramento

Superhero Identity: "Indiana Bill" and/or "Safari Bill" and/or "Professor V"


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Summary:  ASLU is a curriculum resource center.  We do not offer a degree.  We do not claim to prepare individuals for employment.  Nor are not seeking accreditation.  Mostly we just offer an excellent (and continually evolving) ASL curriculum and various free ASL resources.

Many people like to dive in and start learning with "Lesson 1," or check out the "First 100 Signs" page or the Lifeprint Library.

Tip:  American Sign Language is a complete, natural language.  In addition to learning vocabulary -- becoming truly fluent at ASL involves learning grammar, culture, and history




*  Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy DONATE  (Thanks!)

Another way to help is to buy something from Dr. Bill's "Bookstore."

Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)  

*  Also check out Dr. Bill's channel:

You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University  
ASL resources by    Dr. William Vicars