MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – This week, DeafConnect is offering a 3-day summer signing camp for kids age 6-15, where they will participate in interactive games as well as arts and crafts designed to improve their sign language skills.
DeafConnect is a non-profit which mostly provides interpretive services to deaf and hard of hearing people, ASL sign language courses for the hearing capable, as well as special events for the deaf community.
Camp instructor Lee Kezar says the 3-day camp is an opportunity for kids to come in and learn some of the basics, but ultimately hopes to plant the seed of learning sign language so that they take a long-term interest in learning ASL.
Kezar adds there are over 45,000 deaf or hard of hearing people in the city of Memphis.
“For many of them, there’s a huge language barrier. So our goal and the reason why this is important, so that we can recruit or inspire and advocate through these kids to learn sign language and support the deaf community as they can,” says Kezar.
The camp concludes Friday, but you can learn about all of the events and opportunities DeafConnect offers by visiting: https://deafconnectmidsouth.org/.