Save The Date    Mayfest 2018!  Thursday May 17th, 2018  Dominican Center at Marywood  6pm until 9pm

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Youth Program Event

6th Annual Family Event at The Kroc Center

Friday January 19th, 2018  5:30pm--8:30pm

Enjoy Summer Activities in the Winter

Beat the post-Holiday Blues

Bring the whole family! 

Activities include;

  • A Climbing Wall 
  • 28ft. Slide
  • Pool with 3 lap lanes 
  • Lazy River & Splash Pad
  • 17 person Hot Tub

ASL & Oral Interpreters will be provided along with volunteers and life jackets!

Cost:  $8 per person, purchased in advance

           $10 at the door

Scholarships available based on need

To reserve a spot please stop by, Deaf & Hard of Hearing 3680 44th SE Suite 201 Kentwood MI 49512, or call 732-7358, or email:

Ticket Holders are welcome to stay after the event until Kroc Center Closing

Kids Kamp


 If you are interested in participating in our 10th Annual KidSigns Kamp, it will take place sometime in mid-summer of 2018. 

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

Silent Weekend

Full Immersion Experience

Workshops, Peer to Peer Practice, Networking 

RID's & CEU's Available

Feb. 16 through Feb. 18 2018

Camp Manitou-Lin 1095 Briggs Road North

Middleville MI  49333

Cost: Early Bird (before Jan. 26th) ASL/ITP Students $150.00.

Early Bird (before Jan. 26th) Interpreters/Graduates $205.00

Cost: After Jan. 26th, ASL/ITP Students $170.00  Interpreters/Graduates $225.00

Prices includes lodging and meals

Saturday only $100 before Jan. 26th, and $150 after Jan. 26th includes lunch


Friday workshops begin at 5:00pm, welcome and opening ceremony at 7:00pm  

Saturday workshops begin at 9:00am and end at 5:30pm

Sunday wokshops begin at 10:00am with a worship service at 9:00am, workshops end at Noon


Silent weekend is a full weekend where you can learn, pratice, and succeed at honing your ASL Interpreter skills and knowledge. 

Come for Saturday only or stay for the whole weekend!

This event is open to students and certified interpreters.


Friday Workshops Include;

 "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About DeafBlind Interpreting" with Karen Bailey


 "DINGO" with our Fabulous Volunteers! 


Saturday Workshops Include;

 "Letting Go of English", practical tips for making your signing more ASL with Jamie Rix


 "Interpreting on the Couch:  The art of interpreting in psychotherapy" with Leslie Pertz


 "Ethics Round-Table #1 with Lindsey Williams


 "Am I Safe?  Practicing on the job safety" with Sonja Harrision, Kurtis Martin, and Jodi Jakey


 "What Does it Look Like?  Incorporating classfiers in your discourse"  with Misti Ryefield


Sunday Workshops include;

 "Strong Language" with Janna Rowan


 "Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, EHDI 101 & 201" with Nan Asher

 For workshop descriptions, and to register, email Jennifer Kolhoff at,



Dates TBD

American Sign Language I, II, III and Conversational ASL classes are offered in Grand Rapids. Holland, Hudsonville, Zeeland, Grand Haven, and Lansing currently only offers ASL 1 and 2.  Big Rapids currently only offers ASL 1.

Who takes ASL classes? Parents, neighbors, employees, employers, or friends of a deaf individual, and people who are simply interested in American Sign Language! Our courses runs for 8 weeks.

ASL I  – learn ABCs, numbers, names, family, sentence structures, and deaf culture basics.

ASL II & III – learn advanced vocabulary, and introduction to deeper concepts with ASL, such as classifiers and rhetorical questions. We also teach basic deaf history in this course.

Conversational ASL – learn advanced classifiers, pronouns, dialogue and sentences, learn how to converse with each other in daily settings.


Mayfest! 2018

MayFest is our signature fundraising event.  Along with a guest speaker,  we will have an auction and a cash bar.

Call Denise Stepehnson at 616-732-7358x206 or email to purchase your tickets.

 May 17th, Dominican Center 6pm till 9 pm


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


P Students.

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 Joinskills 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

TeenSign Camp


This 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 to submit registration form. 
Note: Scholarships are available for those who meet our requirements. Please contact Deb Atwood at for information on scholarships.

Silent Celebration


We’ll have hot dogs, burgers, water, children games, expo booths and a silent auction!   
A minimum of a $7 donation for adults and $5 for kids is appreciated. Please note that no dogs, except service dogs, are allowed.  See you there!