Health literacy and Deaf People & Navigating the healthcare system. Certified Deaf Interpreter, Teri Hedding, MA, CDI wll oversee this event. 

Date:Sept 9th-10th, 2017

Time: 8am-4pm each day

Venue: Ramada Plaza 3333 28th St, Grand Rapids, MI

Target Audience: Deaf, Interpreters, ITP students, everyone is invited

PS: Registrations and other details coming soon. 

Silent Celebration



Join us for our annual barbecue picnic on August 19 from 11 am to 3 pm at Douglas Walker Park – Shelter A, 1195 84th Street, Byron Center, MI 49315.
We’ll have hot dogs, burgers, water, children games, expo booths and a silent auction!   
A minimum of a $7 donation fro adults and $5 for kids is appreciated. Please note that no dogs, except service dogs, are allowed.  See you there!


American Sign Language I, II, III and Conversational ASL classes are offered in Grand Rapids. Grand Haven currently only offers ASL 1 and 2. Lansing, Zeeland and Ostego currently only offers ASL 1.Individual tutoring lessons are customized to fit your needs, your budget, and your skill level.

American Sign Language class sessions are 8 weeks long and meet once a week. The class fee is $90 and the book for ASL 1, 2 and 3 and Conversational is $55. The book is a one-time cost and covers all classes. It can also be used as a reference. Fall 2017 ASL classes begin September 11 – 15.Registration will begin June 30th, 2017 and ends September 5th, 2017. For all classes - payments must be made in full by September 1st, 2017 to guarantee your spot in the class. All registrations after September 5th will be $100. 

No refunds after the first day of class.           

For students under 18 please contact datwood@deafhhs.org.​​​​​​​                                 



Arraignment to Sentencing: A Walk Through A Criminal Trial


A workshop for ASL interpreters: this is a very interactive workshop with a tour of a Kent County courtroom and their holding cells. It is a basic introduction to legal terminology and process related to criminal proceedings. The workshop will cover arraignment to sentencing. You will be introduced to who’s who and what’s what in a courtroom, the movement of a person who is in custody within the court building, and timing of a criminal case, and the Miranda Warning. You will have hands-on practice interpreting the Miranda Warning, and learn about interpreting in the criminal process, teaming, and using CDIs. There will also be a discussion about the CPC and NCSC code of ethics. This is a workshop you do not want to miss!

DeafBlind 101


Join us and gain the essentials of Interpreting for DeafBlind individuals. Through hands on activities, role playing, lectures and group work, participants will practice the skills needed to work with DeafBlind consumers and learn about the various modes of communication they use.

This workshop is geared toward Deaf, Sign Language Interpreters and ITP Students.



This year's Mayfest will be held at the Bridgewater Place (333 Bridge St, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) We will have an auction and a cash bar. Also, Andy Rent has kindly agreed to emcee this amazing event! 

Tickets are $35 per person. After April 28, the price increases to $45. Call Bob Spaman at 616-732-7358x206 or email finance@deafhhs.org to purchase your ticket.


These will be an amazing experience for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers! They are sure to bond over the incredible experience. Oftentimes, these children do not have opportunities to go on adventures such as this, and this is guaranteed to be a memorable event for them, and give them the self-confidence and skills to go onto bigger things.
Register your teen today for our camp! It's only $45 per camper.

Email Renita at Kidsigns@deafhhs.org to submit registration form. To submit payment, contact Bob at finance@deafhhs.org.
Note: Scholarships are available for those who meet our requirements. Please contact Deb Atwood at datwood@deafhhs.org for information on scholarships.


 If you are interested in participating in our 9th Annual KidSigns Kamp, it will take place the week of July 17 – 21, 2017.

 It only costs $60 per child, or $110 for two to four children. Email Renita at Kidsigns@deafhhs.org to submit registration form. To submit payment, contact Bob at finance@deafhhs.org.
For scholarship forms, please contact Deb Atwood at 616-732-7358x206 or datwood@deafhhs.org.