Like a pair of toy handcuffs, language unites people, and like a pair of cuffs with a missing key, the language bond can last a lifetime. Forge linguistic connections with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two sessions of sign-language classes at Sign With Me Virginia (a $50 value). This Groupon is valid for any two sign-language courses at the locations in Newport News, Williamsburg, and Virginia Beach. Class schedules vary, and occur in two-, three-, and four-week sessions. Recent selections include:
• Ages 15–Adult Sign Language: Basic Conversation and Socializing (two 2-hour sessions with a $25 surcharge for class materials).
• Animals Around the World (two 2-hour sessions with a $35 surcharge for class materials, ages 6–12).
• Around the House Using Sign Language (two 2-hour sessions with a $30 surcharge for class materials, ages 6–12).
• Offering Assistance to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Emergencies (two 2-hour sessions with a $15 surcharge for class materials).
• Sign Language for Special Needs (two 105-minute sessions with a $35 surcharge for class materials).
• Sing and Sign (two 2-hour sessions with a $20 surcharge for class materials, ages 6–12).
• Special Needs Parents (two 100-minute sessions with a $35 surcharge for class materials).
Sign With Me Virginia extends a diverse variety of American Sign Language lessons to special-needs children and adults, as well as children and adults without disabilities. Classes help youngsters to develop vocabulary and are taught through educational games and activities while employing fun, kid-friendly themes such as animals, songs, and poststructuralist critical studies. For caregivers of special-needs children, sign-language classes can sharpen ASL prowess and teach ways to incorporate these skills into everyday activities and conversations. Sign With Me Virginia also offers classes on urgent care for special-needs persons, giving health-care professionals, school personnel, and law-enforcement agents a chance to learn how to be of assistance in an emergency. After the sessions wrap and third-base-coach secret codes are revealed, the classes' instructional DVDs, books, and games can be taken home for further learning.