There is a tremendous amount of Deafness information on the internet; however, in order to truly connect with the Deaf Community, you will have to get involved in Deaf events. Here are a few ideas:

  1. Learn American Sign Language
    Most ASL classes have Deaf instructors. Your instructor can most likely help you get involved in local Deaf events.

    To find an American Sign Language class near you, look in the phone book or search online to contact local agencies, such as:

    For more information about learning ASL, please visit the
    Deaf Linx Sign Language page.

  2. Go to Deaf Events
    Find out about the Deaf Club in your area. They most likely sponsor picnics, sporting events, and other social gatherings that you may attend. Check out these links for events in your area:

  3. Learn about Deaf Culture
    Reading about the experiences and perspectives of Deaf people is extremely informative.
    Take a look at these resources:

  4. Volunteer in Schools
    A fun way to interact with Deaf people and learn more sign language is to volunteer in schools with deaf children. Call your school district office to find local public school deaf programs. Ask to meet teachers, interpreters, and other professionals who work with deaf children.

    Also, try to visit your state school for the deaf. Often this is where you will find the best opportunities for workshops and special events.