Have you ever wanted to learn another language? Are you seeking to expand your resume, acquire a new skill, or improve the skills you already have?
Perspectives Corporation offers American Sign Language (ASL) classes, at levels ranging from beginner to advanced, in a friendly, fun and supportive environment at our locations in Warwick and North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
Perspectives ASL classes are designed to help professionals who support children, adolescents and adults who use sign language as a primary means of communication. Teachers, parents, family members, friends and caregivers will also benefit greatly from taking these classes as they build the necessary skills to communicate with the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing person.
"I wanted to learn ASL because I'm hard of hearing. I wanted to be proactive and be prepared if I continue to lose my hearing. Perspectives has allowed me to do just that and more. The classes are very interactive and student friendly. I would recommend Perspectives classes to everyone."
- PJ Alexander(Hard of Hearing)
"I have taken ASL classes in the past and always quit. Only until I began taking ASL Classes at Perspectives I began to feel confident about my ability to learn sign language. The instructors, the book, the homework, and CD totally helped me and I am actually enjoying learning ASL."
- Luz M. Adley(Audiologist)
"These classes have changed our lives, helping our family communicate with our son. We've learned about Deaf Culture and met wonderful Deaf role models. These classes leave me wanting to learn all the sign language we can to communicate with my son. I can't thank you enough."
- Elsbeth Brown (Parent)
"I started taking ASL classes because I have a deaf client I need to communicate with. I was only required to take level 1, but I liked it so much I just finished level 3 and am going to continue with levels 4 & 5! Perspectives ASL classes have opened my eyes to a whole new culture and community."
- Kaitlin Pizzi(Direct Support Professional)
"My dad told me that ASL would be something interesting to put on my resume. I never thought it would open so many doors or give me insight into what I wanted to do with my life."
- Alicia Bianco(Community member turned employee)
Registration & Participation
Adults and youth ages 16 and up are eligible to register for American Sign Language classes at Perspectives Corporation. Classes meet once per week, for 2 hours, and continue for 10 weeks. Registrations are accepted online.
Certificate of Completion & CEU Credits
URI is a sole higher education partner with Perspectives Corporation in the awarding of a Certificate of Completion with CEU credits. Each person must complete at least one CEU unit, which requires a minimum of ten contact hours of participation that is verified by Perspectives Corporation, in order to be granted any CEUs. Additional hours beyond the first ten will also be annotated on the Certificate.
Cost of Classes and Materials
Cost per student: $150
Discount group rates are available ($125/student)
Class fee waived for Perspectives employees
Cost of a book used for all levels: $85
Students may borrow a book with $40 deposit
Certificate of Completion: $25(Optional)
At the conclusion of classes, a Certificate of Completion will be awarded by the University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus, Office of Special Programs, for a nominal fee. CEU credits for Professional Development will also be provided.