Janna Sweenie Biography

Janna Sweenie is Deaf, and is the Program Coordinator for the American Sign Language Program at New York University. She previously served as the Interim Director for the same ASL program. Janna has been teaching American Sign Language at New York University for over 25 years, and she created the ASL 5 course.

Janna Sweenie is also a two-time winner of the NYU Steinhardt School, Applied Psychology Department, Administrator Award. Janna is an Iowa School for the Deaf graduate, and her M.A. in Deafness Rehabilitation is from NYU. 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 David 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.” For the last 16 years, Janna has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for the Deaf in the State of New York Department of Education. Janna Sweenie 5-1-17