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From Jamie Berke,
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Satisfy Your Itch to Learn Sign

A common question asked by people just becoming interested in sign language is, “How do I find a sign language class in my area? Many people I know are interested in learning sign language but can’t find classes.” Fortunately, there are many ways to get training in sign language.

College Sign Language Classes

A good place to check out is local colleges and universities. Due to the popularity of sign language, many colleges offer credited and uncredited sign language classes. Some may even have sign language clubs.

Sign Language Classes for Parents

If you are a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child, check with your child’s school or program. Most routinely offer sign language classes to help parents communicate with their children.

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These classes may or may not be free.

Deaf Service Organization Classes

Some interpreting agencies also offer sign language classes. Check local speech and hearing centers as well. Contact your state commission on deaf and hard of hearing for referrals. A resource center for deaf and hard of hearing in your area may also be able to provide referrals.

Community Sign Language Classes

Public libraries and country recreational programs frequently offer sign language classes.

Additional Sign Language Class Resources

Info to Go has a short, one-page publication on Locating Sign Language Classes. While you can learn sign language from books and videos, classes provide the human interaction and reinforcement needed to build your confidence. If you can not find sign language classes that allow human interaction, an alternative is sign language classes online. Such classes (not free) are available through SigningOnline.com.

Updated: January 26, 2007

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