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HR Magazine, September 2004 - Should Looks Count? Ready To Be Heard

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HR Magazine, September 2004Vol 49, No, 9

Demonstration: ASL, ESL and PSE

Three forms of sign language are used to communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.


  • American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language based on conveying concepts, typically used in the United States and parts of Canada.

  • English Sign Language which uses each word in a sentence.

  • Pidgin Sign(ed) English mixes ASL rules and English grammar.

In the videos below, Catherine Corrigan, a Society for Human Resource Management customer service staff assistant, demonstrates the differences in the three systems by signing the headline and description of the following HR Magazine article: "Ready to be heard. With minor accomodations, deaf and hard-of-hearing employees can be productive members of your team."  

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