New ASL Interactive Online Course

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will be offering an ASL Interactive: Online Course starting on March 2, 2020. The course is free for FSDB family members and professionals who communicate and work directly with deaf and hard of hearing children in the state of Florida; no experience necessary.


About the Course


The ASL Interactive: Online Course is an opportunity for families and professionals to learn American Sign Language (ASL) through an online video chat room setting. While learning vocabulary, grammar, and culture, each individual’s specific signing needs will be met through online surveys and weekly correspondence. This experience is structured as an eight-week course built around each participant and can range from beginner to intermediate levels.


This approach is an endeavor that many parents and professionals have requested to support communication with deaf and hard of hearing children both at home and in the classroom.


While there is no cost for the ASL Interactive: Online Course and families/professionals are encouraged to participate, we really do hope that those involved are able to commit the necessary time and effort. We also ask for constructive input to better shape the course for the future.


As this is an online internet course, interested persons 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 for effective participation.


To get started, complete this easy online survey.


To learn more about the course or receive answers to questions, please contact Jeannine Lawrence via email at lawrencej@fsdbk12.org


This project is made possible by a grant from the Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Foundation.


What Past Participants are Saying


“I like the personal level of the classes with the instructors and the convenience of an online video class.”
“I enjoyed the length of session, collaborative practice with classmates and teacher, and weekly quizzes. Also, I found the linked videos with vocabulary of the session lessons helpful.”
“Excellent instructor who quizzed us and gave us receptive and expressive practice. Nice manner”
“I liked the video links that I could reference before and after the lesson. I also liked the practice sessions during the class. I found that I did much better with the homework, because I was able to practice and think about what I was saying. I struggled more with the in class practices because I couldn't pre-plan. However, I thought this was very beneficial because in a conversation, you can't pre-plan what you are going to say.

About FSDB The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired, or deafblind. At FSDB, students learn how to do more, be more, and achieve more, fulfilling our vision of preparing them for a lifetime of success. FSDB gratefully accepts private donations to support vital programs that directly benefit students and are not paid by state general revenue funds. For a campus tour or to inquire about eligibility for enrollment, contact FSDB Parent Services at 904-827-2212 voice or 904-201-4527 videophone. For more information, visit www.fsdbk12.org

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