Director's Blog

A Mother's Love for her Deaf Daughter
By Griseline Dionisio on March 05, 2017

“ My goal was not to become an interpreter or a teacher, my goal was to be able to communicate with my daughter.  I now feel the urge to give back to the community, I want to contribute by helping parents with deaf children to understand the importance of learning Sign Language.  I want to share my story.  I want for people to know how Deaf culture has opened up a whole new world for me and my family.  I want Deaf people to be empowered and for hearing parents to know that they can make a difference in raising deaf children.  Parents can help their children become as happy and productive as they can be.  Hearing parents need to learn Sign Language and about Deaf culture, they need to accept their lovely children for whom they are, they need to support them the best way possible.”

ASL Levels 1-2 Adults
By Griseline Dionisio on March 05, 2017

This class is for the serious ASL learner.  If you are committed in acquiring fluency so that you may communicate with Deaf individuals this class is for you.  ASL Levels 1-2 sessions are 3 hours long.  Each session is composed of 2 lessons.  You learn extra vocabulary, grammar and have more time to practice your skills.  We welcome you with open arms to experience the world of being Deaf.  You will learn to love and appreciate Deaf culture and its community.  What are you waiting for?  Sign up for this life changing learning experience.  We promise no regrets!

 

ASL Levels 1 - 2 Adults.  It is a beginner - advanced level course that teaches American Sign Language, Deaf Culture and history.  Topics include: basic vocabulary, grammar, history, fingerspelling, numbers, terminology, and Deaf culture and history.  The course is structured to help the students build basic expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language and to understand the cultural values, beliefs, and behavioral norms of the Deaf community.  This is an instructor guided course with independent studies.  During class time the students are provided with lectures and group activities to learn new skills and to reinforce, review, and practice what has been learned in class.  A certificate of completion will be provided once you finalize the course.  This is the best course to acquire and improve fluency.

Free Sign Language Information Sessions
By Griseline Dionisio on December 04, 2016

You are invited to sign up for a free information session.  Learn about what we have to offer.

Information sessions are held regularly throughout the year, on weekends and weekdays during various hours.  Space is limited, therefore, in order to attend registration is required.

Cost:  Free

Time:  30 min.

Flea Market Sale!
By Griseline Dionisio on November 26, 2016

Flea Market Sale! Don't miss it.  Family, friends and neighbors are invited to come to our Flea Market Sale this Saturday December 3rd.  There will be new and used items for sale.  Come in and buy a coat, sweater, shoes, boots, pants, and other items for the house.

What is a CODA?
By Griseline Dionisio on September 24, 2016

Hello, my name is Genesis and I am a CODA.

CODA stands for Children Of Deaf Adults.  This means my parents are Deaf.  Yes, both my parents are Deaf. They use ASL to communicate.  What is ASL?  Well, ASL stands for American Sign Language.  ASL is my first language.  I love my parents and I love signing with them.  My friends think sign language is cool and grown ups think I am cute when I sign.  I like that people are interested in sign language.  You should learn sign language too. It is fun when you can communicate without using your voice.

I have two brothers and they are also CODAs.  

I love my family.

 

American Sign Language Classes for Adults
By Griseline Dionisio on September 06, 2016

American Sign Language Instruction offers ASL classes for adults.  The classes are structured to help students learn vocabulary, sentence structure and grammatical features of sign language.  Students learn about Deaf culture and history.  The classes are small enough to provide individual attention to the students.  Group assignments provide the opportunity for students to practice their receptive and expressive skills in class.  The workbook is included with the cost of the course.

These courses are perfect for anyone interested in learning American Sign Language.

Introduction to American Sign Language is a 16 week course offered during the Spring and Fall semesters.  Each class meets for 3 a week.  You can choose classes that meet twice a week for two and a half hours or the Saturday class that meets once a week for three hours.

We recommend taking the ...

ASL Levels 1 and 2 Adults course.  This course offers 32 weeks sessions which are divided into 2 semesters (Spring and Fall). 


 

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Why Learn American Sign Language (ASL)?
By Griseline Dionisio on September 05, 2016
  • Communicate with Deaf family members, friends, and colleagues.
  • Discover a new culture and be more sensitive to cultural differences.
  • Improve your employability and become more valuable in the marketplace.
  • Become more open minded
  • Meet new people
  • Develop confidence
  • Impress people around you
  • Increase your creativity
  • Increase your problem solving skills
  • Enhance memory skills
  • Improve learning skills
  • Think more flexibly and creative
  • Improve communication skills