Registration closes September 13, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021

7-8 p.m. weekly


$60 for school personnel in Michigan supporting students who are DHH


This eight-week online class for school personnel will focus on American Sign Language (ASL), including signs for everyday use.


  1. Basic ASL structure
  2. Communication strategies with basic, everyday ASL signs
  3. Facial expressions using ASL grammar
  4. Storytelling

SCECHs are pending.


This event is for school personnel who work in Michigan, have little or no ASL skills, and work with students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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. (Tablets and smartphones are not conducive to learning the content of this class.) Instructions will be provided beforehand on how to access the class. Attendees must also be able to log into and participate in this class individually; it is not conducive to group participation.


Nicole Gaines holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Secondary Education from Madonna University. Gaines was an adjunct professor and ASL teacher at Lansing Community College’s interpreter training program for four years. She also served as an ASL specialist for Bloomfield Hills Schools’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing program, teaching ASL and Deaf Culture/Literature to children and teens. Gaines is currently a case manager for the Deaf Community Advocacy Network (Deaf C.A.N.), working with adults in the community who are DHH.


It is important for participants to request accommodations at least three weeks prior to the online event. Outside agencies MDE-LIO contracts with to provide accommodations cannot guarantee services if requests are made in less than three weeks.

Cancellation Policy

Please email as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Please note: For events that require payment, MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.​

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