The ASL program partners with community agencies, schools, and families to provide service-learning opportunities for advanced ASL students (ASL 594, ASL 595, ASL 599). In these settings, students apply their ASL skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by providing ASL instruction, conversational practice, social interaction, classroom support, and other community-based services to children and adults.
Our community partners, 2006-2011, have included:
- Mt. Pleasant, Shepherd, & St. Louis Public Schools
- Sacred Heart & The Morey Public School Academies
- Gratiot-Isabella Regional Education Service District
- CMU Summer Specialty Clinics
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Isabella & Gratiot Counties
- Community Mental Health for Central Michigan
- Adult Day Care Program at Central Michigan Community Hospital
- McVey House (group home for adults)
- 10 families with Deaf and hard of hearing children in Isabella and Gratiot counties
ASL 594 - ASL in Elementary Education: ASL 594 is a great opportunity for any student who has taken ASL 202 and either ASL 100 or 390 to teach students in grades 1-4 at Sacred Heart Academy. Students in ASL 594 will learn how to create and implement a lesson plan while collaborating and working as a team. They will gain worthwhile experience interacting with and mentoring elementary school children at Sacred Heart Academy. It is a great way for college students to become involved in the Mount Pleasant community!
ASL 595 - Community Placements with Deaf Children and Adults: In ASL 595, students who have taken ASL 202 and either ASL 100 or 390 apply their American Sign Language skills and knowledge of Deaf culture by working in community placements with Deaf children and/or adults. This class is a great opportunity to put advanced ASL skills to use in a real-world setting, providing a valuable and needed service for individuals and groups in the area.