What we're about
Sign and Dine,
Bridging the gap between the Deaf and hearing cultures. Our goal is to be a premier resource for people interested in learning and practicing ASL (American Sign Language), designed to unite Deaf and hearing cultures in a social environment to meet and learn ASL together.
As our group grows, we would like to meet the needs of our members. Please rate the choices to give us and idea what we are doing right and what we can do to meet your ASL needs. Thank you, The Pit Crew***
Meet and socialize with others who wish to help, improve and practice ASL or American Sign Language.
All levels are welcome...
Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing are all welcome. Regular meetups and occasional outings to Deaf Events, Festivals and Fun Adventures. We have deaf signers, college ASL students and others of all levels to help each other learn and practice. Great food and games round out the events!
By joining this group, I am making a commitment to support a Deaf-friendly environment. This type of environment facilitates communication in American Sign Language and helps people learn about Deaf culture. I promise to support each of the following strategies:
PHYSICALLY SUPPORTING VISUAL COMMUNICATION:
I will make sure to position myself in a way that allows everyone I am conversing with to see. I will check frequently to make sure that I am not blocking other people’s view of others in the conversation and I will avoid placing objects down that block visual communication. Finally, I will give feedback to my peers to show that I do understand or don’t understand what is being signed.
In an ASL-friendly environment, all persons have their eyes on the person who is signing. During my time in the ASL environment, I promise to avoid distracting myself or others by constant oral communication.
: I agree to seldom use my voice when I am in my ASL- friendly environment. I understand that using my voice has a very negative impact because:
A. IT’S RUDE: I will practice respect for Deaf people in all ASL-friendly environments.
B. IT BLOCKS MY PROGRESS IN LEARNING ASL: The best way to learn ANY modern language is to use it at ALL TIMES.
C. IT PREVENTS OTHER STUDENTS FROM LEARNING ASL: If other people get “stuck” and don’t understand the signs, I will seldom use my voice to “help”, because if I do, I will be doing a disservice to those people trying to learn ASL. I will help other people understand by explaining in signs, gestures, fingerspelling or writing.
I hereby sign this Agreement and make a commitment to a Deaf and ASL-friendly environment.
RULES FOR ALL MEMBERS IN THIS GROUP: Updated 4/1/22
There is a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for harassment. Disrespectful behavior, sexual harassment, harassment and/or bullying will not be tolerated. Disrespectful behavior is defined as any behavior that would reasonably offend, intimidate, embarrass or humiliate others, whether deliberately or unintentionally, including threats of retaliation for unwanted advances.
Any reports of this behavior will result in an immediate ban from the group and social events for the offending person. Event location management will be notified as well as any proper law enforcement authority.
Zoom information will be shared with RSVP’d participants only. Any link/password sharing that leads to an incident of harassment will result in a 30 day suspension for the person who shared it. Permanent ban on the harasser.