Local children invited to learn American Sign Language

June 11, 2017 by  

Teaching hearing children sign language is the goal of a new summer day camp program.

The Mill Neck Foundation is an organization dedicated to improving life for deaf people living in the Mill Neck area. They offer a number of services and events for deaf residents of all ages. Their focus this summer is teaching children without hearing disabilities to learn how to communicate better with people that are hearing-impaired.

The Foundation is offering two week-long programs where children from the ages of 8-16 can come and take part in their American Sign Language classes. No previous experience with sign language is necessary and children will be placed into groups according to their current skill level. In addition to the classes, there will also be plenty of time for fun thanks to a full roster of scheduled games and activities.

The class is a reminder of the need for accessibility and opportunities for people with any type of mobility or communication issue. Businesses will benefit from making their locations as welcoming as possible to the largest number of people in their area. It is important to remember to include this information when business card printing or before planning any other marketing services. Items to note would be any bilingual employees, those with sign language skills or specially designed accessibility features at the business location.

There are two sessions of day camp with the first running from July 24th-28th and the second from July 31st – August 4th. The camp operates from 9 AM – 3:30 PM. Enrollment for one child is $375 and discounts are available for families enrolling multiple children. Lunch all activities, and a t-shirt are included with the fee. Anyone interested in learning more about the camp, the fees or would like to enroll their child can call (516) 628-4229 or contact Tiffany Manor at tmanor@millneck.org.