Rochester, NY has the highest Deaf population in the world. It's time to learn the language that will bring us all closer together; so get ready to learn the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) through the fun of socialization! You'll leave with a new appreciation for the language as well as resources to help you continue to grow as a signer. Participants will focus on mastering the basics of finger spelling, facial grammar, vocabulary and conversational phrases necessary to hold a beginning-level conversation in ASL. This class will also take a look into the rich world of Deaf culture and teach culturally appropriate ways to interact with Deaf people. Please note: 100% of the ticket sales from this class will be donated to Young Women's College Prep Charter School of Rochester (YWCP). Donations will benefit YWCP students by providing opportunities to visit college campuses, funding uniforms and support programs like Cool Women/Hot Jobs, where students hear from women with all different types of careers, Summer Learning, which is an effort to keep students engaged over the summer, YWCP Works, which serves as a career awareness initiative and Destination: College, which helps fund SAT prep programs, Advisory curriculum and college admissions presentations. About the teacher:
Sarah Cincotta has been fluent in ASL ever since her early twenties. Since then she has finished up her degree at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and has been working in the community for many years as an American Sign Language interpreter. It is Sarah's goal for every hearing person in Rochester to know American Sign Language and know where to go to continue if they please.