Sign up for ASL Classes & ASL tutoring
Take ASL I, II, III or Conversational ASL with us! If you want to reserve a spot now, contact Nancy Harrison at ASLCoordinatorDHHS@gmail.com.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Winter Session! You can call for more information at 616-732-7358. Sign up now!
American Sign Language I, II, III and Conversational ASL classes are offered in Grand Rapids, and Holland. Grand Haven currently only offers ASL 1 and 2. Lansing and Ostego currently offers ASL 1.
Our Spring 2017 ASL classes begin April 3 – 7. For our schedule and registration form, please click here.
Summer 2017 ASL classes begin July 10 – 14
Fall 2017 ASL classes begin September 11 – 15.
The cost is $90 per person. Our classes require a textbook, which can be purchased from D&HHS for $55.
ASL I – learn ABCs, numbers, names, family, and basic sentence structures
ASL II – learn advanced vocabulary and introduction to deeper concepts with ASL
Conversational ASL – learn classifiers, pronouns, dialogue and sentences, learn how to converse with each other in daily settings.
- A free initial evaluation will be offered to all students.
- Tutoring sessions will be offered at $30/per hour and must be prepaid. Minimum of 4 hours.
Lip Reading Classes:
- Minimum of 4 students must sign up
- $95 per session
- 8 weeks long
- Learn basic skills and practice with others
Both Tutoring and Lip Reading Classes will be held at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, located at 3680 44th St SE – Suite 201, Kentwood MI 49512, unless other arrangements are made in advance.
Private Courses: D&HHS can customize classes for corporations, agencies, or other groups throughout West Michigan. Private courses are set up on an individual basis with our ASL coordinator and business manager. The length of the courses as well as the prices will vary with the clients’ needs. We do ask for the client to be able to provide an appropriate work space if the class is to be held off site, which includes but is not limited to: white/chalk board or an easel with an easel tablet, appropriate writing instruments as well as a TV with a DVD player hooked up. WiFi access may be needed as well.
No CEUs or college credit are given for DHHS classes. Students will be given a certificate of completion for passing a class. Students are encouraged to visit the Grand Rapids location of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to further their education through deaf community involvement and use of our library.
American Sign Language interpreters are professionals who have completed intensive training in their field and need to be licensed to work, according to Michigan law (PA 204). Completion of D&HHS ASL classes does not qualify a student to work as an interpreter. The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act guarantees a deaf or hard of hearing person the right to effective communication in the workplace and in places of public accommodation; this requirement is not met by the use of an unlicensed signer.