The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has commenced registering new applicants for the Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) Level One and Two training course, which is scheduled to start in March.
The course offers 10-hours of real-time instructions, unlimited access to online resources, unlimited hours of facilitated self-study, and access to weekly online tests.
Level one of the JSL, which is for beginners, is scheduled to start on March 11 and 13.
Persons who completed Level One may register for Level Two, which is slated to commence on March 8 and 10.
Director for the JAD’s Business Development Division, Deniese Badroe, shared that the general public, particularly first responders and service providers, are being encouraged to register.
“We train persons to communicate and interact with deaf or hard of hearing persons, whether they are on the job, at church or on the street [as] we are trying to create an inclusive society,”
The JAD also caters to corporate organizations seeking customized training for their employees.
“For instance, if an organization is interested in exposing their staff to JSL, we would customize their training using the [entity’s] vernacular/jargon, which we would fit into the training manual,”
Ms Badroe explained.
She said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the JAD had to switch to online teaching.
As such, the courses are now delivered via Zoom, which offers real-time interaction, and also a Learning Management System, Schoology, that will facilitate participants with unlimited access to resources/learning materials.
After completing the course, participants will receive a certificate in Jamaican Sign Language.
For information on registration and fees, persons may call 876-970-1778-9 or email: email@example.com.