Sign Language

Learn Sign Languagefriends-sign-1Since the early 1990’s, the Society for Disabilities has offered beginning, intermediate and advanced sign language classes staffed by instructors. The Society has taught approximately 2,500 community members to sign. Many of the participants in these classes do not have hearing problems themselves, but have family, friends, or coworkers who must communicate using sign language. These classes significantly enhance communication in social and family settings.

friends-sign-2 Learn Sign LanguageDescribed below are the classes offered at Society for Disabilities. Some of these classes are only offered once a year. Please refer to our current registration form for availability. Books may be required & should be purchased from a variety of sources prior to the first class. Children under 13 may only attend classes only with preapproval from the Society and if accompanied by an adult or by meeting requirements of Children’s class.

BEGINNING (A) ASL

This is our basic beginner’s class. Some things that will be covered will be:

  • ABC’s – manual alphabet
  • Basic Sentence Structure
  • Family Relationships
  • Animals
  • Fundaments of Communicating (ASL)
  • Personal Pronouns
  • Past & Present
  • Feelings & Emotions
  • Vocabulary used in everyday conversation

We will be learning how to put our vocabulary words into sentences and how to express ourselves with gestures and body language. This class in recommended for Beginners & those with some exposure to the language. This is a progressive class designed to advance incrementally with each 8 week session.

Required book A Basic Course in American Sign Language (Humphries, Padden, & O’Rourke, authors)
Required materials Notebook and pen or pencil

BEGINNING (C) ASL

Some things that will be covered/required will be:

  • Voice off instruction
  • Sign in small groups and in front of class
  • Games/activities
  • One deaf social
  • Pot luck at the end of the class session
  • Deaf Culture
  • Weekly quizzes

The sessions will be focusing on building conversational skills and receptive skills. Students must have the ability to sign basic sentence structures. This is a progressive class designed to advance incrementally with each 8 week session. Required book A Basic Course in American Sign Language (Humphries, Padden, & O’Rourke, authors)

Required materials Notebook and pen or pencil

Children’s Sign Language

This class is for students, ages 5-12 wanting to learn ASL. Lessons include fun activities. The class is only 1 hour and is a six weeks course. This is a great course for deaf children and their siblings, cousins, & friends. Only those able to be in a class setting, with focus & good behavior, for that period, should attend alone. It is recommended that a parent or adult attend with the child, if they are unable to meet these requirements.

Required book Signs for Me: Basic Sign Vocabulary for Children, Parents, & Teachers (Bahan & Dannis, authors)

Intermediate Sign Language*

Not available this session
This class will work extensively on finger-spelling and how to read it. Through the use of games we will concentrate on more one-on-one communication. New vocabulary words will be taught each week and used in our sign conversation.
*In order to take this class, you must have a solid working knowledge of Beginning Sign. Students might consider Beginning B, C, or D as an alternative to an intermediate class. Ask for more details.

Advanced Sign Language

Not available this session
This class concentrates on building your sign capabilities and confidence. The instructor gives directions and conducts most of the class in sign, so you will need to have enough ability to understand fairly well. This is an excellent opportunity to improve your conversational sign abilities and gives you someone else to practice with.
In order to take this class, you must have a working knowledge of Intermediate Sign or higher.

* Due to unfortunate circumstances our sign language classes are postponed until further notice. A waitlist is available to be placed on.

Contact Anthony at 209-524-3536 or anthony@societyfordisabilities.org