This is a group for people who are interested in learning American Sign Language to practice and share resources. Whether you know a little ASL, or a lot, or none, this is an opportunity to become more familiar and more fluent.
We are Deaf/deaf, Hard-of-Hearing and hearing. We are ASL-interpreting students, certified interpreters, other professionals and non-professionals who simply enjoy learning languages. We are all ages and come from all walks of life. Whoever you are, you are one of us.
Occasionally meetings are designated silent/sign only for more intense practice, but most involve some degree of "Simultaneous Communication." "Sim-Com" is not ideal for learning ASL grammar but can be helpful for expanding vocabulary, especially for beginners. At any meeting, you are welcome and encouraged to communicate at whatever level is comfortable for you.
Before attending, it may be helpful (but not necessary) to be familiar with the ASL manual alphabet.
SLAM is offering ASL-interpreted tours at 1: 30pm the third Sunday of each month. Let's meet in the main hall by 1:00. The tour lasts 45-60 minutes. We can go to the Art Museum cafeteria and hang out for a bit afterwards.
We've heard TOO often that people would like to come to ASL meetups but feel intimidated or nervous about their skill level.
Fear no more, because (aside from the fact that we are the most welcoming bunch if goobers you could ever hope to meet,) now we will be hosting semi-regular events for new members, offering extra support and some structured activities for beginners.
Still nervous? Bring a friend!
(Experienced signers still welcome! We just might be sim-comming a bit more than usual. ❤)
If you just can't wait until the meeting to get started, here is the place to go:
Also, start practicing the the alphabet!
If the whole alphabet is intimidating, at least start learning the letters of your name.
We can't wait to meet you!