DAS provides education about Deaf and Hard of Hearing to the Western New York community through:
- Sign Language classes
- Outreach presentations
- Deaf Community workshops
to enhance Self-Awareness in the Deaf Community and to increase knowledge of the Deaf Culture.
DAS offers ongoing day and evening classes to teach American Sign Language to the community as well as to Deaf Refugees and their families. In the summer, DAS even offers Baby Sign Language classes at various locations within the Greater Buffalo area.
Our continuous effort to create Community Awareness about Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities is accomplished through presentations to:
- Civic clubs Sponsored in part by:
- Neighborhood and Professional Associations
- Churches and Schools
- Health Fairs
Interested in learning more? Contact us at LearnASL@wnydas.org
New Curriculum Beginning January 2017!
Classes run from January 23, 2017 - March 22, 2017
Class schedule now available!
Level 1 - No previous Sign Language experience required. This class will focus on proper hand shapes, sign space, parameter of a sign, alphabet, numbers, introductions, personal information, yes/no questions, and basic greetings etc.
Level 2 - Some Sign Language knowledge required (Fingerspelling, Numbers, Colors, Basic Greetings, etc.) OR completion of Level 1. This class will focus on honing the basic skills learned in Level 1, allowing students to feel comfortable with Basic Conversations.
Level 3 - Completion of Level 2 OR comparable skills required. This class will introduce you to Classifiers (hand shapes), the importance of Facial Expressions and further develop their Grammatical skills.
Level 4 - Completion of Level 3 OR comparable skills required. This class will focus on Fingerspelling Techniques, and Introduction of Storytelling techniques. This level includes a student video project/assignment.
Level 5 - Completion of Level 4 OR comparable skills required. This class will be discussion-based. Students will discuss their opinions in ASL on topics related to Deaf Culture. Students will be introduced to ASL Idiomatic Expressions. Students will make a How-To video giving instructions on how to complete a task. This level includes a student project/assignment.
Level 6 - Completion of Level 5 OR comparable skills required. This class will focus on ASL Poetry as a visual language. Students will explore ASL poetry, hand shapes poems, and number poems. Students will also be introduced to Basic Interpreting Skills. This class will includes student videos of ASL poems.
Refunds will only be given due to medical issues/emergencies or class cancellation with documentations as proof.
We do recognize other obligations can get in the way of attending classes but adherence to this policy allows us to continue to offer our classes at a reasonable cost. If you realize that you cannot attend the class as scheduled, you must request the credit within 10 business days before the class begins. This credit is valid up to a year.
If you paid via check, credit card, money order, or PayPal, refunds will be issues upon proof the payment was properly credited to Deaf Access Services (DAS). Your refund in the form of a DAS business check will be made within 30 days of the approved request. If you paid by cash, payment must be confirmed by the recipient and you will receive your refund in form of a DAS business check within 30 days.