What we're about

Mission Statement

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***

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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!

Member Agreement

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.

AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS:

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.

COMMUNICATING VISUALLY

: 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.

Upcoming events (4+)

Thursday Coffee Chat...Zoom

Online event

So...it's time to make the best of this situation! Let's get together for coffee. Bring your favorite mug to share with everyone!

Hi there,

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/883402826

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Passcode: LearnASL21

Basic ASL (1 hour free class)

Online event

Join us to learn about ASL (American Sign Language) and Deaf Culture, and socialize! This is a great place to start learning...

ALL SKILL LEVELS ARE WELCOME...Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing please join us!

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85315043247

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Passcode: LearnASL

Fingerspelling Practice Series- Weekly (Zoom)

Online event

Lets practice our fingerspelling and receptive skills. Hosted by Darlene Shoemake…

Darlene is ASL Professor at University of Incarnate Word, San Antonio TX.
Bachelors of Arts & Home Economics w/Early Childhood Emphasis (1976)
Masters of Science in Deaf

This event will be a weekly series that will provide the opportunity to improve your fingerspelling through the month series.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81172176740

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode: LearnASL

Thursday Coffee Chat...Zoom

Online event

So...it's time to make the best of this situation! Let's get together for coffee. Bring your favorite mug to share with everyone!

Hi there,

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/883402826

Meeting ID:[masked]
Passcode: LearnASL21

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