ASL Interactive is an opportunity offered by the FSDB Distance Learning Project for families and professionals to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through an online video chat room setting, free of charge. While learning vocabulary, grammar, and culture, each individual’s specific signing needs will be met through online surveys and weekly correspondence. Structured as an eight-week course, this learning opportunity is built around each participant and can range from beginner to intermediate levels. This online approach is a new endeavor many parents and professionals have requested to support communication with deaf/hard of hearing children at home and in the classroom.
While there is no cost for the course and families/professionals are encouraged to participate, we ask that participants wishing to be involved are able to commit the necessary time and effort. We also ask for constructive input to better shape the courses for the future. Interested participants will need access to a newer computer (no more than three to five years old), a high-speed Internet connection and a better than average web camera to participate effectively. This project is made possible through a grant from the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation.
Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired students. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. To visit the school or to learn more about eligibility for enrollment, contact 1-800-344-3732. For more information, visit www.fsdb.k12.fl.us.