What does the Office of the Attorney General do for DC residents? What is going on with crime in the neighborhood?
Come to the next Trinidad Neighborhood Association meeting to get answers to those questions.
The next TNA Community Meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7 pm in the Trinidad Recreation Center (1310 Childress St NE). Agenda items include:
ASL/English Interpretation will be provided by Access Interpreting, Inc.
Where Can I Learn ASL? That is a question often here around our neighborhood. Trinidad is multi-lingual neighborhood with English and American Sign Language (ASL) as two dominant primary languages. Our proximity to Gallaudet University means deaf and hearing neighbors often have need to communicate in ASL, the predominant sign language used in North America and Canada.
For those of us that are new to ASL, there are many ways to learn and many sources for resource material. You can start by signing with neighbors to learn basic signs or check ASL instruction books out of the library. The DC Public Library has a list of available resources on their website. (add link http://dclibrary.org/node/5884). A few online programs, apps, and courses a noted below. If you know of other good sources for ASL instruction or practice, please let us know at email@example.com.
American Sign Language University (ASL University) is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center that provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information. They also have fee-based instructor-guided courses. Anyone wishing to do so may use the online course material at www.lifeprint.com for personal study. The site contains more than 30 courses plus practice quizzes and games.
Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high-resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada. A guest may browse the site to find signs for words, organized by letter, but will have limited access to resources on the site unless joining and payment of a monthly or annual fee.
ASL Deafined is a website for both deaf and hearing. They have as part of their mission to provide a platform for teaching and encouraging the community-at-large to learn and utilize the basic skills of ASL. The subscription based website has ASL video instruction. Rates are from $10 per month to $200 per year.
ASL Pro has free reference and learning tools available to the public. These include a video dictionary, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies. There is also content that can be accessed through membership.
There are many other programs and more to come in the future. For example, Gallaudet University has received a grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to develop ASL Connect, an on-line learning resource. You can learn more about that on the GU website at https://www.gallaudet.edu/news/asl_connect_.html.
There are an abundance of YouTube videos available but be careful that any videos you use to learn ASL words or phrases were created by someone certified in ASL instruction.
There’s an App For That
There are many apps available for free or purchase that teach ASL. Two that have been used by TNA members are highlighted here.
Gallaudet University (GU): GU is the world’s only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. GU offers degree and non-degree courses, professional studies, and continuing education credit courses. To enroll in ASL classes you should first register and be accepted as a student.
Visit the GU website at https://www.gallaudet.edu for general information or the Center for Continuing Studies ASL pages at http://www.gallaudet.edu/asl/asl_courses.html for specifics on ASL class options. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. Information on fees can be found at http://www.gallaudet.edu/ccs/registration_and_fees/financial_information.html.
Graduate School USA: Formerly the USDA Graduate School, Graduate School USA is a private non-profit educational institution that has evening and weekend classes towards certificate programs or continuing education credits. They have beginning and intermediate ASL courses that run approximately $320 per semester. Visit the website at http://graduateschool.edu/index.html or call (888) 744-4723 for additional information.
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES): KDES is on Gallaudet University campus, just past the West Virginia Avenue entrance. The school offers a free ASL course geared towards hearing parents and family members of deaf students. When the class is not full, they extend places in the weekly class to the general community. Following the school calendar there are two semesters (roughly September to December and February to May with registration the week or two before sessions begin) and a long summer break. Typically the classes are on Wednesday evening (6 pm – 8 pm) or Saturday morning (10 am – noon). KDES classes are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The contact for recent classes has been Tara Miles who can be reached by e-mail at Tara.Miles@gallaudet.edu or by office phone at (202) 448-7318 (V) or (202) 250-2211 (VP).
DC Public Library – MLK Memorial Library Branch: DCPL typically holds a beginners’ level class, which covers 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar, on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. The class is on hiatus for the summer months and will restart in the fall (pending identification of an instructor). The class is free and open to the public and there is no need to register. Any level signer is welcome to join the class, review what you know, learn new signs, and practice conversation. To learn more or check into availability, you can contact the MLK library branch by e-mail at email@example.com or call (202) 727-2142.
Tutors are also available in the community and from the student population. You can ask deaf members of the community to identify someone that may have time available to teach you at your own pace.
There are some local gatherings or regular events where you can learn or practice ASL.
ASL/English interpreting is available at Trinidad Nieghborhood Association monthly community meetings as well as many TNA hosted events. Thank you to Access Interpreting, Inc for providing this service for the community.
If you utilize the service and don’t see it posted on a meeting or event notice, please contact TNA to learn if an interpreter is available. We do our best to provide access to all residents and are thankful for the generosity of Access.