Article III - Objectives

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  1. OASLTA shall promote the official recognition of American Sign Language (ASL) as a language.

  2. OASLTA shall promote professional quality of American Sign Language/Deaf Studies instruction for American Sign Language teachers and ASL Lab Assistants and encourage ASL teachers to acquire ASLTA certification.

  3. OASLTA shall encourage educational institutions to include ASL and Deaf Studies in their curricula.

  4. OASLTA shall encourage educational institutions and community-based programs to include ASL/Deaf Studies in their curricula and have ASLTA-certified teachers.

  5. OASLTA shall provide input into national ASLTA’s standards and procedures for the teaching of American Sign Language/Deaf Studies.

  6. OASLTA shall facilitate an effective avenue for the exchange of information regarding methods and materials in the instructions of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies.

  7. OASLTA shall maintain a directory of certified and non-certified OASLTA members. 

  8. OASLTA shall engage in advocacy with the local/state/regional associations of the Deaf and language teaching organizations to promote ASLTA certification for ASL/Deaf Studies teachers. 

  9. OASLTA shall provide members a minimum of 6 hours per year of professional development related to ASL/Deaf Studies teaching according to ASLTA’s calendar year (September 1 to August 31).