Our Community Education program offers several services:  American Sign Language classes, presentations, in-service training and deaf empowerment workshops. See which one fits your needs and contact us.




American Sign Language I, II, III and Conversational ASL classes are offered in Grand Rapids, and Holland. Grand Haven and Big Rapids.


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.


We are primarily a voice-off class, and students will be immersed in American Sign Language.



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.


We provide off-site classes upon request. We offer classes for places of employment or mental health organizations so they can communicate with employees, customers, or clients. We tailor the curriculum to your needs.


Individual tutoring lessons are customized to fit your needs, your budget, and your skill level.


Tutoring is $30/hour for a minimum of 4 hours. Beyond 4 hours, it is $35/hour.  At this time we have no free tutoring or tutoring scholarships available. A payment plan may be set up. Tutoring may be held onsite at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services, or offsite at your place of employment or at public places.



We offer customized trainings to ensure you are educated, aware and protected. Our presentations will fit your needs and schedule. It can be two hours, or all day. We will even bring our training sessions to you.

We believe that knowledge is empowerment, in equal access, and improved relationships between the Deaf and hard of hearing individuals with places of employment, organizations & businesses, health care & mental health facilities.


  • Information and updates about relevant civil rights laws and regulations
  • Accommodations
  • Deaf Culture & American Sign Language
  • Technology
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Communication
  • Advocacy & Referral Services
  • Demographic Data & Statistics

For more information on our fees and schedule, contact us at info@deafhhs.org or 616.732.7358