New American Sign Language Lab – Volunteers and Speakers Needed!

WHAT/WHO – Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services through our KidSigns Program is partnering with the Northview Public School system to sponsor an ASL Sign Lab for the families of deaf/hard of hearing children.

WHEN – on Monday nights for 8 consecutive weeks starting April 13, 2015 from 5:30p – 6:30p (4/13 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/26 (is a Tuesday after Memorial Day) and 6/1/2015

WHERE – at the Highlands Middle School cafeteria – Address: 4645 Chandy Dr NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

NEED – 1.) We need volunteers to watch the smaller children of parents attending that are too young to participate in the Lab.  We will have activities for them.

2.) We need Guest Speakers to come for 10 – 15 minutes each class and share their stories/challenges/advice/knowledge or how they can assist.  The group of parents and older kids that are attending these Labs need to hear from: deaf/hh community members and how they grew up and their challenges, CODA’s & SODA’s, hearing parents that have raised or are raising d/hh children. Teachers, interpreters, service providers, and businesses -anyone who has deaf/hard of hearing clients or customers who has a story/experience/advice or how they could assist these families.

HOW – we need many signing hands to help continue our mission to promote independence, a sense of Deaf pride, socialization, American Sign Language exposure, positive adult role models, awareness and education. Our program is open to Deaf and hard of hearing children, family, friends or any child wanting to learn American Sign Language in a safe and fun environment.

KidSigns is currently solely funded through private grants and donations.

Help us continue our mission and make a difference in our deaf/hard of hearing community.

If you have any questions and are willing to donate just 15 minutes of your time, please contact me as soon as possible

Thank you for your continued support of our d/hh communities!

Deb Atwood

Business Manager, DHHS