"Linguistic Lasagna"

10 Essential Ingredients for a Balanced ASL Meal

Presented by: Jo Dishaw, Certified BEI II Interpreter

.6 Professional Studies CEUs aproved by LARA-BPL

When: Saturday September 15, 2018

9:00am til 4:00pm

Where: Wyndham Garden Hotel 4495 28th SE Grand Rapids MI 49512

Cost:  Early Bird rate of $60 through Aug. 24th.  $80 regular rate after Aug. 24th

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Build your interpreting skills with your "Chef" Jo Dishaw who has 18 years experience as a certified interpreter, including endorsements for Medical, Mental Health, and Deaf/Blind. 

This workshop is intended for ASL and ITP students or novice interpreters.

  •  There are 10 linguistic features of American Sign Language that are imperative for interpreters to understand and utilize when interpreting.
  • This workshop will give hands-on practice with a learning focus of performing all of the ASL linguistic features, practicing in a friendly & non-judgmental space.
  • In the afternoon session you will be able to interpret using the 10 linguistic features taught during the morning session
  • The afternoon session will include interpreting for Deaf volunteers under the close supervision of your instructor and reciving valuable feedback.

this workshop is presented in spoken English. Please call Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services by August 31st if accomodations are necessary.  616-732-7358

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Kolhoff by email, workshops@deafhhs.org, or call 616-732-7358

We are grateful to our Mayfest Sponsors who include:


2019 Silent Weekend Volunteer Advisory Committee

Now Accepting Applications!

We need your input!


  • Are you Deaf or DeafBlind and want to give your perspective?
  • Do you have a great idea for a workshop?
  • Are you in an ITP and need professional development credits?


Our annual ASL full-immersion Silent Weekend Retreat is scheduled at camp Manitou-Lin in Middleville, MI for Feb. 15 thru 17 and with your help and input we can have a successful event!


This is a great way to contribute to the Deaf and the interpreting communities.  

Please email your interest to:

Jennifer Kolhoff

Workshop Coordinator, at workshops@deafhhs.org


(You do not need to live in the Grand Rapids area as committee meetings can be attended in person or via VP or conference calls. This is an unpaid volunteer position)

More Mayfest Sponsors include;

A special thanks to the following organizations:

Psi Iota Xi Charitable Organization

JH Transport Benton Harbor MI

Marges Donut Den, Wyoming MI


 American Sign Language 


Registration Open

These classes will teach you to communicate with people whose primary language is american sign language. These classes will not qualify you to be a certified interpreter of sign language.

A textbook is required for all classes, however the same textbook is used for all ASL 1,2,3 classes.

All classes are 8 weeks long and meet once a week for 2 hours from 6pm until 8pm

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American Sign Language (ASL 1, 2, 3)  Deaf & Hard of Hearing Offices

3680 44th SE Ste 201(around the back)

Kentwood MI 49512

ASL 1  is a beginner sign language class

ASL 2 & 3 are progressively in-depth

 American Sign Language Classes (ASL 1&2)

 Grand Rapids at the Dominican Center

     ASL 1  is a beginner sign language class

 ASL 2 & 3 are progressively in-depth


American Sign Language Classes

Holland (ASL 1 & 2)

ASL 1  is a beginner sign language class

 ASL 2 & 3 are progressively in-depth

American Sign Language Fall Classes in Grand Haven

ASL 1  is a beginner sign language class

 ASL 2 & 3 are progressively in-depth


American Sign Language (ASL) Classes in DeWitt (1 & 2)

 American Sign Language Classes at Ferris State in Big Rapids

ASL 1 & 3

Silent Weekend

Full Immersion Experience

Workshops, Peer to Peer Practice, Networking 

Coming Winter 2019


Mayfest! 2018

A huge thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, and donated to this wonderful event!  Hope to see you all next year!