ASL Classes & Outreach

DAS provides education about Deaf and Hard of Hearing to the Western New York community through:

  • Sign Language classes
  • Outreach presentations
  • Deaf Community workshops

Through these educational opportunities, DAS enhances Self-Awareness in the Deaf Community and increases knowledge of Deaf Culture.  

DAS offers ongoing day and evening classes to teach American Sign Language (ASL), providing opportunity for ALL individuals.

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                                         
  • Businesses
  • Churches and Schools
  • Health Fairs
  • Local Law Enforcement and First Responders
  • Medical Service Providers

 

 Interested in learning more?  Contact the ASL Coordinator at communications@wnydas.org or call at 716-335-9388 

 

Upcoming Session: 2024 ASL Classes do occur on various days with semesters being set up throughout the year.. All are being done Virtually right now.

Winter 2024 Classes Registration will open up soon.

If you are interested in being on the waitlist, contact: communications@wnydas.org

 

Class Level Descriptions

Level 1 - No previous Sign Language experience required nor expected!  This class will focus on proper hand shapes, sign space, parameter of a sign, alphabet, numbers, introductions, personal information, yes/no questions, basic greetings, and Deaf Culture.

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 introduction ASL Grammatical structure.

Level 4 - Completion of Level 3 OR comparable skills required. This class will focus on Fingerspelling Techniques, Introduction of Storytelling techniques, and further development of Grammar. This level includes a student video project/assignment.

(LEVEL 4 will only be taught one semester a year). 

Classes are 10 weeks long and meet once a week per session. During the Winter Session we have a Snow Day added in, in the event classes are canceled due to inclement weather.

Current Cost:   $135 - General Public

**If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and require assistance to cover the cost of classes, please inquire about our scholarship options.

Refund Policy

Refunds will only be granted due to class cancellation OR student emergencies & /or medical issues 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 for a full refund.  Any notification after that, a credit will be issued and will be is valid up to a year (12 months from issued date).

If you paid via check, credit card, money order, Flipcause 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 DAS and you will receive your refund in form of a DAS business check within 30 days.

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