American Sign Language
American Sign Language, or ASL, is a distinct and fully developed language that has, among others, its own unique grammar. ASL is distinct from English or any other foreign language and distinct from other sign systems as well, both foreign-based and English based-based.
During the past few decades, several states passed legislation to identify and recognize ASL as a distinct foreign language which enabled colleges, universities, and high schools to accept and implement the language as it, therefore, fulfills all foreign language requirements for deaf and hard hearing students.
American Sign Language is a visual/gestural language that is distinct from English or any other foreign spoken language. ASL is also distinct from any other sign languages used in different countries, and the language is distinct from any other English language-based sign system used in America, e.g. English manually coded systems.