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Oklahoma School for the Deaf offers free, online courses

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The Oklahoma School for the Deaf offers free online American Sign Language (ASL) courses, attracting a large and diverse group of participants.

Taught by a deaf instructor, Jolene Reed, the self-paced courses feature pre-recorded lessons with quizzes and aim to provide a strong foundation in ASL and deaf culture.

Reed said, “These sign language online classes are awesome opportunities to build a strong foundation for communication with deaf and hard of hearing individuals.”

“You’ll gain knowledge of vocabulary, grammar, and contextual meanings in American Sign Language and deaf culture. This can serve as a bridge between the deaf world and the hearing world,” she continued.

Dr. Heather Laine said, “ASL is the third most popular foreign language class taught at American colleges and universities.”

“Learning ASL helps hearing people to communicate directly with deaf individuals without communication barriers. It is all about being inclusive,” she continued.

“OSD’s ASL online training is free in part due to the generosity of the OSD Foundation,” explained Dr. Laine.

“We ask that students consider donating to the OSD Foundation at to help share expenses for our free training,” she added.

With the surge in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic, the school emphasizes the importance of ASL as a means of inclusive communication.

The courses are made possible through the OSD Foundation’s support and are open for registration in spring 2024.

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