About Us

We started by providing trainings and mentorship for sign language interpreters. With feedback from the Deaf community, we expanded to offer ASL lessons and group trainings too!

We've already delivered over 6000 hours of tutoring and 2000 hours of interpreter training.

We understand the importance of effective and flexible learning. That's why we respect your time and strive to provide valuable experiences that fit your busy schedule. Let's learn and grow together!

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Our Team

At SIGN Academy, our remote team of Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing trainers spans the US, Canada, and the UK, creating a rich blend of diversity and inclusivity. We wholeheartedly embrace these values and are deeply committed to serving the Deaf community. As independent contractors, we choose to collaborate with SIGN Academy driven by our genuine passion, not mere obligation. Join us in our commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment that will go above and beyond your expectations.


Our History

Formerly known as Perpetual Development, S.I.G.N. Academy has a rich history of providing professional development to sign language interpreters from 2009-2019. Since our rebranding in 2019, we have broadened our scope to include sign language learners, enabling us to reach a wider audience. Our diverse team comprises over 55 trainers, including Deaf, hard-of-hearing, and hearing individuals, who are located across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Together, we are committed to delivering high-quality training and fostering a supportive learning environment.

Hilary Maag, our Founder and Director of Training & Development, brings a wealth of expertise to the table. With a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership and over 19 years of teaching experience, she is a seasoned professor. Hilary's research centers on online training and sign language, complementing her extensive background as a nationally certified sign language interpreter for more than two decades. Her impressive credentials include multiple national certifications and four post-secondary degrees specializing in ASL/Sign Language Interpreting. Hilary's leadership extends to her role as Program Director for a prominent online Bachelor's program, solidifying her commitment to excellence in education.