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OCC Summer Sign Language Class

Sign language ArtOlney Central College will offer an evening sign language course this summer.

HEA 1201 Conversational Sign Language I provides an introduction to the world of signing and covers American Sign Language and other sign language concepts.

Instructor Nancy Abbott uses personal experience in teaching sign language having been raised in a deaf community by a hearing-impaired father and a deaf mother in Akron, Ohio. Abbott was born with a normal hearing range, but at age 15 months suffered a great deal of hearing loss when a virus settled in her ears.

Teaching others to communicate and become more comfortable with the hearing impaired is something Abbott is passionate about. She has taught sign language to parents, small groups, college students and U.S. government and Library of Congress employees.

The class will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning June 6. To register or for more information, contact OCC Student Services at 618-395-7777.

This course may fulfill foreign language requirements at some universities.

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