Sharing knowledge of ASL, Deaf Culture, Baby Signing, and Hearing Loss
Deaf Expressions has a variety of workshops, classes, presentations, consulting and private tutoring available to meet your personal or business needs. Whether you are a parent-to-be or new parent wanting to learn how to sign with your baby or toddler, a caregiver, sister, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or a business wanting to expand your knowledge of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities, we can help!
~PRIVATE TUTORING: $ 20/hour for the first student and $ 10 each additional student during that same hour.
~SIGN WITH YOUR BABY OR TODDLER CLASSES: If you have a group of at least five people interested in a class, we can form a class to fit your needs! We will come to you or you can have the class at our location. Available in six-week or twelve-week increments. Contact us to discuss details.
~SIGN WITH YOUR BABY WORKSHOP: Approximately two hours long with instruction on how to start signing with your baby or toddler, when are the best times, technique, what to expect, basic signs, and music.
~SIGN LANGUAGE CLASSES: We have American and Conversational Sign Language classes throughout the year. These classes are geared for all ages and lots of fun!
~BUILDING BRIDGES PRESENTATION: This 90-minute presentation will help lessen the gap between your business or organization and the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population.
~PROJECT EDUCATION: This is an hour-long presentation to elementary and middle school students to teach them about Deaf Culture and Sign Language.
~RELIGIOUS SIGN LANGUAGE: This is a 90 minute workshop that teaches about Deaf Ministry, interpreting in church, and the ASL translations of several Bible passages and hymns.
~CHRISTMAS IN SIGN: This exciting workshop is two hours in length and involves learning to sign Christmas vocabulary and Carols in sign language! Games, interaction, and fun! To top it off, we offer a discount to any family that brings a dessert or appetizer to pass!
MEET THE PRESENTER!
Michele Bornert is a Deaf, ASL user, who enjoys sharing her knowledge about deaf culture, hearing loss, and American Sign Language. Fluent in ASL, Michele has a unique situation in that she can relate to both the hearing and Deaf cultures. Born partially deaf, Michele became fully deaf after language acquisition. Although she can voice, she always has an interpreter with her at workshops and presentations to help break down any communication barriers that might arise.
*"The Dash Of Deafness workshop offered a lot of interaction and activity. There was a lot of info about Deaf and HH culture, raising Deaf and hearing babies and the process of becoming an interpreter. There was also some practical interaction using sign, including practice conversations and fingerspelling games."
*"I have always been fascinated by sign language and wanted to know more. Because of financial reasons, my options were very limited. While searching for local sign language courses, I stumbled upon THIS website. I was immediately impressed by Michele's willingness to personally respond to any questions I had about her classes patiently and very personably. I enrolled in the Conversational Sign class. For the extent of the course, it was nothing less than the highlight of my week! Michele and Kenny's style of teaching is very warm, patient, and inviting. I had heard from many, many people that the most effective way to learn any sign language is to enroll in a class taught by the Deaf. It can sound a bit daunting, but trust me, with Michele as your teacher, it isn't at all scary. I can't stress enough, how much her patience and friendliness helped me to learn. I would recommend Michele and Kenny to anyone who wants to learn in an environment where you are more than just another face in the back of a classroom. They will give you personalized help. Oh! And Michele LOVES questions!"
*"My daughter is 6 and showed a passion for the sign language she learned from her 1st grade teacher. While we had no experience with the hearing impaired, I found Deaf Expressions and decided to try private lessons for her. Michele is a patient and passionate teacher! My little one has learned so much in such a short time! I'm amazed at how quickly she could put together words and sentences! Michele has opened a new and fabulous 'silent' world to us! My daughter thinks she is great!"
*"Deaf Expressions really opened my eyes to the incredible world of deaf culture. The Deaf Culture Workshop had it all: informative topics, fun activities, and friendly faces. Michele and Kenny do a great job at welcoming people from every background in exploration through workshops, classes, and tutoring."
*"Working with Michele was fun and helped me increase my confidence with ASL. She is easy to work with and very encouraging for beginners!"
*"The absolute luxury of being tutored one on one is by far the easiest and most efficient way to learn anything. Combine that with Michele's relaxed and patient teaching style - and you'll learn surprisingly quickly. As if that weren't enough - finding a personal tutor at this price is just one heck of a great deal! If you've always wanted to learn sign - this is the fun affordable way to go!!"
Email (is the preferred method): DeafExpressions05@gmail.com
Contact Michele's Sidekick (TEXT only) only at 616-516-6314 or leave a Voice Message at: (616) 856-9885
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