The Marion Downs Hearing Center Sign Language Program introduces students to a new way of understanding the world through a second language. The program is designed to teach functional sign language to be used in everyday interactions. We serve teachers, parents, and others who are interested in developing the ability to more effectively communicate with varied populations.
We provide four skill levels (Beginner's, Beginner's II, Intermediate, and Intermediate II) and various workshops throughout the year. The program curriculum is built on American Sign Language (ASL) grammar rules and concepts, yet accommodates each student’s preference for the language (ASL, PSE, SEE).
Each skill level meets for twelve two-hour classes at the Marion Downs Hearing Center Administrative Offices. A workbook is included with tuition. Please click on the link below to see the most current schedule of classes. To register, go to our Events page to submit your registration and tuition electronically. (If you prefer to send your registration by mail, see page two of the brochure in the schedule below.)
NEW THIS YEAR: Beginner's Cued Speech Class. Lasting 6 weeks, this class places an emphasis on being able to cue fluently in cued American English; identify resources for continued development; and understand the underlying foundation of cued speech.
Our full length courses will be offered Fall 2013. Check back for more information.
Register for classes on our Events page!
About the Instructors:
Paula Thompson - Trained by the Interpreting Training Program at Oklahoma State University, Paula has been working as an interpreter since 2006. She has taught ASL at Bacone College in Oklahoma, community classes, and teacher/staff in-services. She is currently an interpreter in a public school setting.
Molly Dalpes: Recently graduated from the University of Colorado with a doctorate in audiology. Molly is also deaf and wears cochlear implants.
Aaron Rose-MSDE, CEO: Aaron is a teacher in the Aurora Public School. He grew up with Cued Speech as his primary communication modality.