Navigating American Sign Language Access in Your Activism
This will be a 6 week course with field trips (possibly not on class dates) and guest facilitators. This class will teach the basics of what you would need to know to make your organizations or actions more accessible to the Deaf & Hard-of-hearing (D/HH) on a personal level and an organizational level.
The class will include beginners' ASL (American Sign Language), as well as the Foundations of Deaf Culture.
Upon completing this class you should:
-Have the ability to carry on a conversation in ASL at a beginners' level.
-Have a basic grasp of Deaf Culture and the history of innovation and oppression of
Deaf & Hard-of-hearing folks.
-Have an understanding of current movements to create access for folks with
dis/abilities in the Twin Cities.
-Have the ability to provide interpreting services through an agency or independent
consultant for folk who would request accommodations at/in your
-Have more ideas to bring to your everyday activism that would create more access
for more folk with intersecting and complex identities/bodies.
-Have the ability to use some Deaf technological devices.
You may video phone or Skype into these sessions, but it is preferred that if you are able that you would come to the classroom.
Please request accommodations as soon as possible. Every effort will be made to ensure your requests.
[email protected] or 612-226-4474 text/voicemail or amandaleegenaro AIM
Some accommodations are already built in in the group agreements for a "Safer Environment". If you would like a copy of this statement before the first meeting please email me.
Things may change based upon facilitator or class decision. If the time listed on the website is not something that will work with your schedule or you can't make all of the dates, please email me and we will work something out.
Amanda Lee is a Hard-of-hearing person living and organizing in the Twin Cities, especially in the disability justice movements. They work primarily with Deaf & Hard-of-hearing populations, but also educate hearing populations on creating access. They have facilitated workshops and done other speaking engagements to discuss the intersections of many identities. They have noticed a lack of resources for creating wider access within small activist communities and is working on a project to connect folks who have skills in interpretation services and organizations who need interpretation services, but have little monetary resources. This class would hopefully be the first mass training for this project in the Twin Cities.
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