Registration closes September 16, 2019

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 to Tuesday, November 19, 2019

7-8 p.m. weekly


$50 for DHH school personnel


This class will focus on several technical aspects of American Sign Language (ASL), including structure, grammar, classifiers, multiple meanings, and technical signs. This course is for school personnel who are not interpreters but work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH). Participants should have intermediate ASL skills.

Participants will identify and apply:

  1. ASL structure, grammatical features, and use of classifiers
  2. Multiple meanings from English to ASL
  3. Multiple meanings from ASL to English
  4. Strategies for representing key vocabulary
  5. Technical signs using ASL

SCECHs are pending.

Required Technology

This class will be conducted online via Zoom; participants do not need to have Zoom, but they must have internet access and a computer with a camera. Instructions will be provided beforehand on how to access the class. Attendees must be able to log into and participate in this class individually; this course is not conducive to group participation.


Nicole Gaines has a Bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from Madonna University. She is currently an adjunct professor teaching ASL at Lansing Community College’s interpreter training program. Previously, she was an ASL specialist for Bloomfield’s DHH program, teaching ASL and Deaf Culture/Literature to students from infants to 12th grade. She also works for Deaf Community Advocacy Network (Deaf C.A.N.) as a case manager working with deaf adults in the community.

Cancellation Policy

Please note: A credit card payment is required to complete your registration and secure your slot for this event. MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.

If you have a question or need to cancel, call MDE-LIO at 517-241-7083.

Contact Information

Stacy Guthrie