ASL Instruction

ASL ClassAmerican Sign Language is a communication cornerstone for those that are deaf or hard of hearing. NMSD takes pride in offering comprehensive training in ASL in the form of classes, ASL immersion and rural instruction for families and school programs.

ASL Classes

Sign Language Classes in Santa Fe and Albuquerque are provided in order to increase access to communication for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Classes are targeted towards 1) Parents, grandparents, siblings, other family members 2) school personnel and other educational stakeholders working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Classes are interactive,challenging and fun. Instructors work hard to make learning ASL an enjoyable and beneficial experience. Ten week sessions are offered each fall and spring semesters, meeting once per week for two hours. For more information about Sign Language Classes, please contact Joanne DeBee at (505) 476-6400.

Winter & Spring Session 2017 - Santa Fe & Albuquerque
Registration for NMSD's Winter & Spring 2017 ASL classes is open from December 5 - January 9, 2017. The deadline to register is January 9, 2017. Register early for reduced rates. 
Contact 505-476-6400 for more information. 

Click here for brochure & registration form - English
Haga clic aquí para formulario de registro y folleto en español  

ASL Immersion

ASL Immersion is a concentrated program in American Sign Language (ASL) that allows participants to understand how it feels to depend on one’s eyes rather than one’s ears to communicate and interact with the world. There are periods of instruction, including modeling, creative invention, mime,vocabulary, and of course, sentence structure. Students practice with each other, their teachers, members of the NMSD staff, and visiting members of the Deaf Community. With classes offered for all skill levels, participants leave with improved ability to communicate in ASL and a more complete understanding of Deaf Culture.  Two ASL Immersion programs are offered each summer at the end of July.  For more information about ASL Immersion Programs, please contact Leah Gregg at (505) 476-6400.

ASL Immersion: July 2017

Session One: July 18 - 21
Session Two: July 25 - 28
Early Registration: 
Currently to June 9th for New Mexico residents
May 1 - June 9th for out-of-state residents 
Final Registration Deadline: June 10 - 23rd - Final registration for all
Registration Deadlines & Costs - See Brochure & Registration Form   
Click here for brochure and registration form in English

Inmersión en ASL: julio 2017
Primera Sesión: 18-21 de julio
Segunda Sesión: 25-28 de julio
Inscripción Temprana: 
Ahora – 9 de junio - Inscripción temprana para los que viven en Nuevo México
​1 de mayo – 9 de junio - Inscripción temprana para los que viven fuera del estado
Inscripción Final: 10-23 de junio - ¡Última oportunidad para todos de inscribirse
Precios y fechas de inscripción- Haga clic en el enlace para ver el folleto y el formulario de inscripción.
Haga clic aquí para formulario de inscripción y folleto en español

ASL Coach Program

NMSD’s ASL Coach Program is a service program that serves rural locations in rural New Mexico. Our coaches are hired for one year to provide ASL instructions to families and to school programs where deaf children live.
NMSD hires and places ASL Coaches to live in rural locations around the state to provide direct signed language instruction in unexpected places. The service year begins with training in August. Coaches arrive at their site locations by late August to begin teaching ASL.

For more details about ASL Coach Program services, click here.
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