ASLized fosters the integration of American Sign Language (ASL) educational research into visual media and literacy. The main objective is to produce teaching and learning materials in ASL with two focuses: 1.) ASL literature, preserving culture and history and 2.) ASL Linguistics, promoting a better understanding of the complex structure and use of sign languages.

Since June 2012, ASLized is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves every signer in the nation. Their tax identification number is 45-281751. ASLized is also licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.


Dan Hoffman

Born to deaf parents, Dan Hoffman has used American Sign Language all his life. He has been bestowed a unique educational background. He attended various school settings, first oral communication, then total communication, and finally graduating from a residential program in Florida where ASL was mainly used.

After 14 years working for the United States Postal Service, he decided to change his career because he found that passions lie with teaching. This led him to enroll Gallaudet University where he obtained his degree in Communication Studies. While at Gallaudet, he was involved with several organizations, including the stint as the vice president of Student Body Government under Holmes/Hoffman Administration. He went on and obtained a master’s degree and a doctor of education degree in Deaf Studies/Deaf Education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Currently, He is the program director for the ASL & Deaf Studies (Emphasis in Interpreting, General Deaf Studies, and ASL Education at Utah Valley University. He is married to Meme Kerr and has two daughters, three stepsons, and three grandchildren.

Candace Jones

Candace Jones was raised in Orlando, Florida. Candace is currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Candace graduated from Florida School for the Deaf in 2001. Candace went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Gallaudet University, followed by a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from Valdosta State University in Georgia. Candace holds Special Deaf Education and ASL certificates in the state of Georgia. Candace is currently the middle school ASL teacher at Atlanta Area School for the Deaf (AASD). 2018 marks her eleventh year of teaching at AASD located in Clarkston, GA. As part of her work there, Candace has opportunities to do English-to-ASL translation work professionally through the Accessible Materials Project (AMP).

Outside of AASD, Candace provides consultant support for the Research and Development Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD) at Georgia State University. She also serves as an adjunct-professor teaching ASL classes at a community college, Georgia State University-Perimeter College. Candace still enjoys returning to her first love, ASL poetry translations and hosting annual ASL Winter performances for students of ASL of all ages. Candace has been involved in special ASL poetry projects. Candace is also the anchor of Sign1News sharing news report to the world in ASL. Candace is a single mother of two children named Trevon age 15 and Nevaeh age 12, and her hobbies include traveling and shopping!

Joy Maisel

As an ASL/Bilingual Curriculum Specialist at the California School for the Deaf, Joy Maisel provides support to ASL and BLA teachers in all departments to ensure students learn effectively how to master ASL viewing, videosigning, and language skills and leads ASL team on ASL instruction and assessment development. She has been working in the field for almost 10 years; prior to joining CSDR in 2011, she worked as an ASL teacher/specialist at the New Mexico School for the Deaf and Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.

Joy has a life long passion for learning; she possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Studio Arts and a Master of Arts from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC in Deaf Studies: Teaching Sign Language. Also, she just completed her teaching credential in Deaf Education with National University. She enjoys ongoing professional development opportunities, and attends a variety of workshops and in-services provided by CSDR and a variety of agencies.

Last but not the least, Joy takes pleasure in photography, outdoor activities, and crafts/arts for fun when she is not busy with her dear family.

Elsie Stecker

Elsie Stecker comes from a three-generation Deaf family and graduated from Indiana School for the Deaf. She obtained a BA degree in Communication Studies and a MA degree in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. One of her lifelong goals is to make information openly available in American Sign Language (ASL) for everyone to use.

As a strong believer in giving back to the community, she founded ASLized, a nonprofit organization that produces educational resources in ASL, in 2011. Elsie and her team developed Signily, the first sign language keyboard app for iOS and Android, established the Journal of American Sign Languages and Literatures, and acquired a new publishing center for videobooks, better known as ASLChoice. Sorenson Communications recognized Elsie for her contribution to ASL in technology and was featured in their 2016 calendar among with other 13 ASL champions. She was also awarded for Excellence in Teaching by her ASL interpreting students at a community college.

Elsie is currently working as a full-time Certified Deaf Interpreter and can be found photographing furry creatures and eye-catching landscapes in colorful Colorado during her free time. She also cherishes every minute with her beloved family.

Mark Apodaca

Mark Apodaca has more than 35 years of experience in the management, accounting, and finance fields and has worked in corporate, nonprofit, and governmental sectors as well as higher education. He is a graduate from Golden West College, Pepperdine University and UCLA. A strong believer in community service, since 1983, he has served on a number of nonprofit organization boards. In 2002, he was awarded the Golden West College Pillar of Achievement Award.