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Janna Sweenie

American Sign Language Instructor

Applied Psychology

(212) 998-5555

Janna Sweenie has been teaching ASL at NYU for more than 25 years. She teaches all ASL Levels at NYU: I, II, III, IV and V.  

Her Master’s degree is in Deafness Rehabilitation from NYU. She has been a consultant for Microsoft, Google, and New York City area museums, and online Social Media platforms. 

Janna is also an Iowa School for the Deaf graduate. 

Janna’s American Sign Language books, co-written with David Boles, include “Hand Jive: American Sign Language for Real Life” published by Metro Books, a division of Barnes & Noble, and “Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level 1 (Including DVD)” published by Course Technology, a Cengage Learning imprint. 

Recent co-written Boles Books include, “Day One: Learning American Sign Language in 24 Hours” and “For Deaf People Only” as well as, “Return of the Deaf Mute: The Lost Legacy of the Greatest American Deaf Generation” and, finally, “American Sign Language Level 5: A Field Guide for Advanced Communication Techniques for People with Other Disabilities.” 


American Sign Language

Gain a deeper understanding of Deaf history and culture, improve your communication and visual perception skills, and learn a new language in this undergraduate minor.

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