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What is Sign Language?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language.  With signing, the brain processes linguistic information through the eyes.  The shape, placement, and movement of the hands, as well as facial expressions and body movements, all play important parts in conveying information.

aslSign language is not a universal language — each country has its own sign language, and regions have dialects, much like the many languages spoken all over the world.  Like any spoken language, ASL is a language with its own unique rules of grammar and syntax.  Like all languages,
ASL is a living language that grows and changes over time.

ASL is used predominantly in the United States and in many parts of Canada.  ASL is accepted by many high schools, colleges, and universities in fulfillment of modern and “foreign” language academic degree requirements across the United States.  (http://nad.org/issues/american-sign-language/what-is-asl)

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Why Learn?

Learning American Sign Language (ASL) is a great way to open up many doors.  As an integral part of Deaf Culture, ASL is an avenue to meeting and interacting  with a brand new group of people with distinct cultural, linguistic, and experiential differences.  It opens a world to a new culture, as well as new and unique literature.  Interacting with Deaf people will also provide an opportunity for you to view the world through a different perspective.

Sign language is also gaining popularity around the country.  Many states have even passed laws recognizing ASL as a complete and natural language.

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Sign Language Classes at Bridge Interpreting

Bridge Interpreting routinely provides community sign language classes and specialized classes for businesses.  Our classes aim to teach community members and coworkers how to communicate with individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.  We offer Beginner and Intermediate classes at a Bridge Commercial - Sign Class 3 variety of locations.  Our classes are taught by sign language interpreting professionals in collaboration with  Deaf/Hard of Hearing professionals.  If you are interested in taking sign language classes with Bridge Interpreting, please contact us at:

Email: interpreters@meril.org
Phone:  816.244.0834
Online:  www.meril.org/signinginterest

Scheduled Sign Language Classes:

Beginner Sign Language Class – St. Joseph
Tuesday Evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
September 20, 2016 – November 8, 2016
Cost:  $50 (includes book)
Register for this class by clicking here.

Beginner Sign Language Class – Maryville
Thursday Evenings, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
September 22, 2016 – November 10, 2016
Cost:  $50 (includes book)
Register for this class by clicking here.

Note:  While our classes are a great place to start to learn to communicate with Deaf/Hard of Hearing individuals, we are not teaching individuals to become professional interpreters.  Becoming an interpreter requires specialized training and education.  If you are interested in becoming a sign language interpreter, please see additional resources below.

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Additional Resources

Listed below are some resources regarding learning American Sign Language (ASL) and interpreting:

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