ASL Courses in Manitoba

There are two types of ASL courses offered: courses that follow the Signing Naturally Curriculum, and courses with their own curriculum (for example the ASL Immersions).

The regular year-round Winnipeg courses that offer the Signing Naturally Curriculum are held during the semesters of September - December; January - April; and April - June. Occasionally courses are offered during the summer.

Courses are 40 hours in length, and run during the evenings or on weekends (for example, 4 hours on a Saturday). Courses are run based on student demand and teacher availability. There are 2 places to take ASL year round:

Red River College 204.694.1789 Voice

ASL Teaching Services:

These courses are held at Deaf Centre Manitoba (DCM), but they are not run by DCM. There is no one in the ASL Teaching Services office during the day, but they do have a TTY answering machine. To contact them, first phone MRS at 1 800 855 0511 and ask the Operator to phone ASL Teaching Services at 204 452 5358 (a TTY number). You can ask the MRS Operator to leave your message, name and phone number on the answering machine. You may also contact ASL Teaching Services by Fax: 204 475 7657 or email: aslteach@mts.net

SMD ASL Immersions:

These are one-week programs, held in the summer every year in Winnipeg. They run Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. For parents and families attending the Immersion classes, there is a Fun & Sign Recreation program, run by the City of Winnipeg Department of Community Services and SMD, for children 5 to 12 years of age.

The 2015 ASL Summer Immersion Program will run from July 6th to the 10th at the Manitoba School for the Deaf (at 242 Stradford Avenue). For more information on ASL Immersion please contact Rita Bomak at  the Winnipeg TTY numbers or email address below. For information on the Fun & Sign Program please contact Heather Hiscock at the phone number or email address below. You may also download the registration forms below.

SMD's Thompson, Dauphin and Brandon offices offer ASL Immersion programs the same as the Winnipeg program, but on a smaller scale. These courses may be 1 week long, or held over 2 weekends. They will also organize ASL courses that use the Signing Naturally Curriculum. For more information or assistance you may contact the offices directly – their phone numbers and email addresses are below.

Questions and Answers

I would like to take an ASL course to help me communicate with my Deaf child / relative, but I can't afford to pay for the course. Is there any financial assistance available?
The provincial government offers a subsidy to help parents and other family members pay the registration fees for ASL courses. The subsidy is offered to families whose Deaf or hard of hearing children are 17 years of age and under. For more information, contact SMD Services. Phone 975 3010 Voice or 975 3083 TTY, and ask for the Supervisor of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children.

I don't live in Winnipeg. Are there ASL courses in other locations in Manitoba?
Special and regular ASL courses are set up throughout the province based on demand. A school or group may wish to sponsor a course, or they may request the assistance of SMD's offices throughout the province.

SMD's Thompson, Dauphin and Brandon offices offer ASL Immersion programs sthe same as the Winnipeg program, but on a smaller scale. These courses may be 1 week long, or held over 2 weekends. These offices will also organize ASL courses that use the Signing Naturally Curriculum. For more information or assistance you may contact:

Brandon
Cindy Stumme
Email: cstumme@smd.mb.ca
Phone: 204 726 6157 Voice / TTY
Toll Free: 1 800 813 3325 Voice / TTY
Note: regular Signing Naturally courses are also taught at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon.

Dauphin
Please contact the Parkland Regional Office
Phone: 204 622 2293 Voice / TTY
Toll Free: 1 800 844 2307 Voice / TTY

Thompson
Kim Penton
Email: kpenton@smd.mb.ca
Phone: 204 778 4277 Voice / TTY
Toll Free: 1 888 367 0268 Voice / TTY

Winnipeg
Rita Bomak
Email: rbomak@smd.mb.ca
TTY 204 975 3083

Elsewhere in Manitoba: Instructors travel to various communities from time to time; for example Stonewall, Portage La Prairie and Winkler. If you would like information about these courses, or setting one up in your home community area, please contact Sandy Lysachok or Rita Bomak.