National Association of the Deaf

Government Resources in ASL



In recent years, several departments of the U.S. Government have decided to ensure that important information reaches the deaf and hard of hearing community by creating videos and/or establishing a hotline in American Sign Language. The National Association of the Deaf commends those departments and encourages others to follow in stride. Here is a list of current resources and if you are a government representative and interested in developing videos or you know of any other videos, please feel free to contact us by going to www.nad.org/contactus

Center on Disease Control (CDC)

  • Hurricane videos (Preparing for the Storm, Staying Safe After the Storm, Cleanup)

Health and Human Services (HHS)

Federal Communications Commission

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 

  • The IRS YouTube ASL Channel includes a growing collection of American Sign Language (ASL) videos featuring Tax Tips, Recovery and related topics including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Social Security Administration

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development created 12 videos in American Sign Language (ASL) with English captioning.  These videos provide critical legal and practical information in a format accessible to persons who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing.  These videos feature Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing Actors who provide important information related to fair housing and fair lending rights under the federal Fair Housing Act.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

  • Food Safety -- Food Safety videos in American Sign Language are provided to inform consumers about foodborne illness and raise the level of awareness of the dangers associated with improper handling and undercooking of food.

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