SULPHUR, Okla. –– Oklahoma School for the Deaf recently hosted an American Sign Language Immersion Camp, which brought ASL to life for 164 students learning sign language at six high schools and seven colleges.
Students from two high schools and one college in Texas participated in the two-day training at OSD’s campus in Sulphur.
OSD’s camp was a sign only event, which challenged students to communicate without using their voices.
OSD Director of Student Support Services Traci Prince said students and deaf adults interacted at a silent dinner, an ASL movie and games on Thursday evening.
The training on Friday focused on Deaf history and culture, presentations by several colleges about their interpreter training, services to the deaf counseling and deaf education programs. The students enjoyed a special performance and workshop by National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s performing arts group, Sunshine. Students attending the ASL Camp then had an opportunity to perform to show what they learned.
“Our goal was not only to provide interaction, but to also instill respect and knowledge about ASL and the deaf community,” Prince said. “We also wanted to provide the students with information about careers in deafness.”
“We also want to thank the sponsors, college program representatives, our OSD staff and the deaf adults that came for interaction with our students,” Prince added. “Everyone had a great time!”