FASLTA History

Date of chapter’s inception?

The date of our chapter’s inception was at an organizational

meeting on November 19, 1988.  The chapter was officially

recognized at the 1992 NAD-ASLTA convention in Denver,

Colorado as per letter from Keith Cagle dated August 17, 1992.


Original and present names of your local ASLTA chapter?

From 1988-1993, the chapter’s name was FSIGN,

from 1993-present the name is FASLTA

Meet Babs Coulton, Founder

People who started community activities….

  • Mike Tuccelli – FSDB, St. Augustine – several years of presenting workshops and Total Immersion Weekends for ASL students (Ended in 2019.  Mike and his wife, Maureen, stepped down.)

  • Mike Ernest – Hillsborough Community College – several years of presenting speakers and events such as Poetry by Clayton Valli

  • Betti Bonni , Babs Coulston, Kim Marie Smith – H.O.T. Institute – training sessions for ASL Students

  • Mary Bramblett – First Annual State DeaFest held April 12-13, 1996 in Tampa with Lynn Jacobowitz as emcee, comedian, and presenter (no snowstorms this time!)

  • Glenna Ashton – six years directing the annual trip to FSDB – H.S. Dept for ASL/Deaf students from 3 high schools in Palm Beach County.

  • USF (University of South Florida, Tampa) Educational Interpreter Club sponsored an ASL Immersion Weekend for High School ASL and Deaf Students since 1998.

  • Glenna Ashton – presented at the FFLA (Florida Foreign Language Association) October 15 and networked gaining support of FFLA for ASL.

  • Cheryl Zuckerman & Clenna Ashton – began monthly “Silent Social” at local mall food court; encourage ASL students to practice their signing and receptive skills.

  • Cheryl Zuckerman – 2005 began county-wide programs and inservice opportunities for ASL teachers; wrote curriculum and county exams, mentoring new ASL teachers.

  • FASLTA (Glenna Ashton and Alysse Rasmussen’s initial efforts), 2005 invited to join the board of FFLA (Florida Foreign Language Association) as ASL is now officially recognized as a “foreign language” by the Florida state legislature.

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