Peer Review: Proposed Position Statement on American Sign Language

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) invites you to peer review the draft of a proposed position statement prepared by the ASHA Ad Hoc Committee to Develop a Position Statement that American Sign Language is a Distinct Natural Language.

Proposed Position Statement on American Sign Language [PDF] 

After reading the proposed policy, please answer each question, and enter your comments on the review forms in the spaces provided. Please indicate the line number on the statement relating to your comment. 

Please direct any questions to Adena Dacy, ASHA Associate Director, Clinical Issues in Speech-Language Pathology, and Committee Ex Officio, at

Comments are due by March 3, 2019

If you are unable to provide your comments electronically, you may print out your comments and mail them to the attention of the Speech-Language Pathology Practices Unit at the ASHA National Office, 2200 Research Boulevard, #350, Rockville, MD 20850.  

Please forward this message to other individuals and organizations that may wish to participate in the peer review.

The members of the committee look forward to your comments.


James Mahshie, Chair, ASHA Ad Hoc Committee on ASL 
Marie Ireland, Vice President for Speech-Language Pathology Practice, Board Liaison

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