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American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the native language used by the Deaf community in North America. It is a visual language comprised of specific signs, handshapes and facial expressions following a unique grammar structure. Our courses are community based non-accredited classes.

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COMMUNITY COURSES - ADULTS (16+)

Deaf Access is proud to offer American Sign Language classes at a variety of levels year-round in partnership with Georgian College. All of our instructors are Deaf, professionally trained fluent users of ASL, and provide you with an interactive opportunity to be immersed in the language and culture of the Deaf community. There is no spoken language used regularly in class.

 

Deaf Access uses the Signing Naturally series developed by Deaf native ASL users at Vista Community College in Berkeley, California over 30 years ago. The functional notional approach is based on the language’s communicative use and focuses on natural and interpersonal communication needs.

 

Students with prior learning that wish to gain entry into advanced courses are required to show record of completed courses or take a placement test (fee applies – please contact our office at aslprogram@deafaccess.ca to book and note payment option below).

ASL Classes are now online!


Sign up today for our

Summer Sign Language Series!

This August, join us every Friday beginning August 14th for an informal, interactive, live ASL instructional series. Each week you will learn new ways to connect with people using the language of our Deaf community.

Space is limited to ensure everyone is visible on-screen. This is a 3 week non-certificate program.

Friday August 14 – ASL with friends, Friday August 21 – ASL for health and wellness, Friday August 28 – ASL at play and in the community

Seniors 55 +  10:30 am – 11:30 am

Adults 18+  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Teens 12 – 17  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Course fee: $25

REGISTER for the Summer Sign Language Series HERE


Registration for Fall classes is now open!

For Beginner Level 1 and 2 courses offered in partnership with Georgian College please follow the link below for class descriptions, schedules and to sign-up using the their online registration platform.

*please note that course materials for beginner level courses are available through the Georgian College campus book store.

ASL Beginner Level 1

ASL Beginner Level 2

Inquiries regarding registration can be emailed to coned@georgiancollege.ca.


For students returning to Deaf Access for Intermediate Level 1, this course will be offered

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 pm beginning September 15th. 

The ASL Intermediate 1 course offers an immersive environment promoting culturally appropriate behaviours and social language through a variety of activities and presentations. Topics to be covered include describing people & things, making requests, asking for advice and describing places.

Prerequisite: ASL Beginner 2

Materials: Signing Naturally Units 7 to 12 Student DVD workbook.

12 weeks – 36 hrs

Please follow the link below to complete the new online registration process. 

*Course materials for the intermediate level are available for purchase via the PayPal link below.

Intermediate Level 1

Inquiries regarding the Summer Sign Language Series or Intermediate level classes can be emailed to aslprogram@deafaccess.ca


VIRTUAL COURSES
ASL Assessment Fee (due upon booking)

CORPORATE COURSES

Are you a part of a municipality, company or agency that has Deaf employees or interested in improving interactions between front-line staff and Deaf customers? Deaf Access offers specialized courses that include an introduction to ASL as well as various communication strategies that will help promote better communication within your business or organization. Training is currently offered online and can be tailored to best match your specific needs.

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PRIVATE INSTRUCTION

Individualized private tutoring and/or instruction can be made available for those who are seeking extra support in their learning of ASL or for those with challenging schedules. Curriculum and learning expectations are tailored to each individual’s needs and goals.

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ASL INSTRUCTOR TRAINING

Are you fluent in ASL and culturally Deaf? Deaf Access partners with Ontario Cultural Society of the Deaf to offer training to those interested in becoming an ASL Instructor as well as experienced ASL Instructors looking for additional training or certification.

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LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE YOUR SIGNING SKILLS?

Hosted by local members of the community, monthly ASL Coffee Nights in Barrie, Orillia & Midland provide an opportunity for ASL students to practice their conversational ASL skills outside the classroom environment. For more information about this group please contact the Deaf Access office.