Did you know that American Sign Language (ASL) has rules regarding the development of name signs? Join us as Beverly Woodel teaches us the ASL rules behind name signs, including descriptive and abstract name signs. We will also discuss how and by whom name signs can be given. We want you to be able to recognize appropriate and inappropriate name signs, to know how to approach someone who might have an inappropriate name sign, and to know the appropriate way to go about getting your name sign changed if it doesn’t follow ASL rules.
Teaching undergraduate ASL courses since 2004, Beverly Woodel is member of the faculty at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, N.C., where she teaches ASL. She currently holds Provisional Certification through the national American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (ASLTA). She holds a Master’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Sign Language Teaching and a Bachelor’s Degree from Gallaudet University in Physical Education.
From a Deaf family, Woodel was raised in Morganton, N.C., where she attended North Carolina School for the Deaf, as did many generations of her family.
During her leisure time, she enjoys quality time with family, assisting her mother when needed, and spending time with her Deaf husband and her two hearing children. When Beverly and her family are not out enjoying the lake on their jet skis or taking out the pontoon boat, she enjoys participating in cross-fit training classes and competition. Beverly and her family currently reside in Morganton, N.C.