ASLU has been offering online sign language resources since 1997. The program began as an effort to support parents of Deaf children living in rural or "outlying" areas without access to sign language classes. (See:www.lifeprint.com) The resources at Lifeprint.com were organized into a curriculum and grew to be quite popular with ASL students, teachers, and interpreters as well as parents of Deaf children.
Many students requested the opportunity to use the ASLU courses to fulfill language requirements at their local high school or college. This required documentation of course participation and verification of the student's signing ability. The ASL Testing Center" was created to fill this important and growing need.