American Sign Language & Deaf Culture Studies goes full-time

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November 15, 2018
Students will be able to enrol in Lakeland College’s American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies on a full-time basis starting September 2019.
Currently, the program is offered part-time both online and face-to-face at the Alberta School for the Deaf in Edmonton, Alta. Offering the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies full-time at the Alberta School for the Deaf will provide students with numerous benefits.

“By giving our students the option to take this program full-time means they will be eligible for financial aid and awards. It also promotes language skill development at a faster pace, which may be appealing to those students who continue their studies in our sign language interpretation program,” says Janice Aughey, dean for the School of Heath, Wellness and Human Services. “We will continue to offer this program on a part-time basis, however being able to provide this full-time option is exciting for those students who want to accelerate their studies.”

Currently it takes students two years to complete the certificate program. Those who choose the full-time option will be able to complete the program in one year.

Offered every second year, students in the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies program immerse themselves in Deaf Culture and the Deaf community by going beyond the classroom. They interact and engage with the Deaf community by attending different events and activities. Students are also taught by and introduced to additional members of the Deaf community.

In addition to developing American Sign Language skills, students study history, current trends and issues in the Deaf community. There are currently 39 students enrolled in the part-time certificate program.

Many professionals including educational assistants, child and youth care workers and social workers take the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies program so they can better communicate with the people they serve.

Lakeland has offered the American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Studies program in Edmonton since 2005.