ASL: Communication and Community

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This program is available as either an e-learning course lecture, an in-person lecture course, or a virtual classroom course. The course is designed for employees and teams who work with the Deaf community and patients or clients who speak ASL. The aim of the course is to increase understanding and awareness of Deaf culture, community, and the different dialects used by the Deaf community, particularly in the Philadelphia area. This course was created in collaboration with several members of the Deaf community in Philadelphia.

The ASL program

The course includes proper terminology for working with Deaf/deaf patients and the differences between “big and small D modality,” how to request the correct American Sign Language interpreters to meet your client or patient needs, and an overview of ASL itself: its roots and cultural significance. The course also gives a brief overview of the history of ASL and the Deaf community, the manualism v oralism debate, ASL in schools, learning ASL, the hiring process for ASL interpreters, the ethics of hearing aid technology, and several personal experience stories.

ASL program duration

The course is timed to last for 60 minutes and is offered as an e-learning course, a virtual classroom course, and an in-person course. The e-learning version of the course is in the style of a self-led college lecture: slides with broad information, examples, and graphs are fully narrated. The course hand-outs also include a script to better follow along and retain the information. The e-learning and virtual classroom versions of the course are entirely online and easily accessible from our e-learning platform—no downloads or special permissions required. The in-person lecture version of the course can be scheduled at your convenience with a member of our team. The information is updated regularly to meet current standards. ASL: Communication and Community is further customizable to fit your organization’s needs. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or for more information using the below form.

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