Introduction to American Sign Language

In this introductory class participants will learn basic gestures, the Alphabet, numbers and vocabulary in order to start a conversation. Since this is a visual language, students will communicate with hearing and deaf presenters with their videos on. Come explore Deaf culture, disability justice and some language tips with us. By the end of our time together participants will be able to spell their name, offer a greeting and build a simple sentence.

Session I
Gestures, signs you already use

Session II
The alphabet

Session III
Numbers

Session IV
Tense, placement & review

Presenter: Kenya Budd and Ashantay Truong 
Dates: Monday & Wednesday – July 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28
Time: 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Ashantay Truong

My name is Ashantay and I am deaf and have a deaf family who all use ASL, American Sign Language. I graduated from the Washington School for the Deaf in Vancouver, WA. Currently I am a second-year student, studying Business Management, at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Kenya Budd

Kenya Budd enjoyed a 6 year long career as a student life specialist at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind. She went on to serve as a school interpreter for high school students in advanced placement classes. Kenya received her Special Education Bachelor’s degree with a Deaf Ed/ASL endorsement from the University of Maryland. Kenya completed her Education in Law and Social Justice degree at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon where she lives with her two children and French bulldog, Leo.

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