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McHenry County College to Offer American Sign Language Workshops Offered for First Responders, Healthcare Professionals and Students

[Thursday, March 29, 2018]

McHenry County College (MCC) is offering American Sign Language Workshops (ASL) for First Responders and Healthcare Professionals this spring through the MCC Continuing Education Department.

The workshop for First Responders will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 26 in Room B166-167. The workshop for healthcare professionals will take place from 9-3:30 p.m. on May 3 in Room B166-167. Each workshop will include a 30-minute lunch break on your own.

The American Sign Language training is ideal for first responders and healthcare professionals to improve their ability to communicate with deaf or severely hearing impaired individuals. Current Criminal Justice and Fire Science students are also encouraged to attend.

The instructor is Natalie Weingart, a deaf ASL instructor and tutor who has more than 20 years teaching deaf children, parents of deaf children, deaf adults, postsecondary students and public service workers.

Topics covered in this workshop include: “Do’s and Don’ts” when approaching deaf patients: education will focus on interpreters, videophones, and video relay. Students will also have the opportunity to practice creating sentences using ASL grammar and participate in role play scenarios.

The American Community Survey (ACS) and U.S. Census Bureau (2011 Disability Status Report), found that 9,263 individuals who are deaf or have severe hearing loss reside in McHenry County.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that reasonable accommodations must be provided when necessary for people with disabilities to receive the same level of services as the general population.

Cost is $149 for each workshop. Use course code: UHL U22 001 to register for the ASL for First Responders workshop and UHL U22 002 for the ASL for healthcare professionals workshop. To register, visit or call (815) 455-8588. For more information, contact Justin DeBolt at (815) 479-7879 or

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