The Asia Pacific Sign Linguistics Research and Training Program (APSL) supported by the Nippon Foundation is a multi-country and multi-phase project that aims at developing sign linguistics as an academic discipline and providing sign language research training to deaf people in the Asia-Pacific Region with an ultimate goal of Deaf empowerment. Teams of professionally trained sign language researchers will be generated to support the establishment of sign linguistics research and training at the region, which ultimately promotes the concept of incorporating sign language in deaf education at different levels.