For those who would like to learn to have brief conversations with hearing-impaired individuals who are American Sign Language users, Independent Living of Niagara County is offering an eight-week course of instruction presented by ASL teacher Jeanette Grimaldi.
The "ASL for Beginners Class" will be held 4-5 p.m. Mondays, Oct. 17, to Dec. 5, at ILNC's Haeberle Plaza office, 746 Portage Road, north of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls. The class fee is $25, while the textbook is $12.
Potential participants can get more information, or register for the classes, by contacting Grimaldi at 716-402-5508 or [email protected].
ASL is neither spelling out every word with the manual alphabet, nor is it "English on the fingers," expressing exactly what people speak with hand signs. It is a language of its own, and has a different syntax, expressing entire concepts concisely with a mix of hand shapes, body postures and facial expressions.
Independent Living of Niagara County is a member of the Western New York Independent Living Inc. family of agencies offering an expanding array of services to aid individuals with disabilities to take control of their own lives.