Sign language courses offered to the public

The Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center will be offering weekly American Sign Language classes for beginners at various locations throughout Lee County.

Fort Myers classes will begin Monday, August 20 at the Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center, located at 1860 Boy Scout Drive B208 in Fort Myers. Lehigh Acres classes begin on Wednesday, July 20 and will be held at the Lehigh Community Services Building, located at 201 Plaza Dr., Suite 103 in Lehigh Acres. Classes at both locations are from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Classes are $75 for a five-week course, with discounts for the hearing impaired and immediate family members of a deaf person. Participants can register for the course online at www.dhhc.life or by calling 239-461-0334. Classes are free for the deaf. Each class is taught in a fun and engaging way by qualified instructors. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of each course.

Service expansion is made possible through United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties.

About the Sally J. Pimentel Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

About the Sally J. Pimentel Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

“We are very grateful for our partnership with United Way, which has allowed us to expand our reach and meet the needs of people who are deaf and hard of hearing. said Amy Turner, executive director of the Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center. “Offering sign language lessons to the community improves communication and helps connect the deaf and hearing worlds.”

Founded in 1983, the non-profit agency provides a wide range of programs and services for deaf and hard of hearing children and adults in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Hendry and Glades counties, some of which include interpreting services, free amplified telephones, deaf mentorship program, American Sign Language classes, information and referral services, employment assistance, family education, community outreach and education, and sale of adaptive equipment.

About the Sally J. Pimentel Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The mission of the Sally J. Pimentel Deaf & Hard of Hearing Center is to empower Southwest Florida Deaf and hard of hearing citizens and their families through education, advocacy, and community involvement. DHHC is a 501(c)3 agency partner of United Way and partially funded by Lee County, City of Cape Coral, United Way, Community Foundation, Lee County Bar Association Foundation, The Collaboratory and other private donors .

For more information, visit www.dhhc.life, email [email protected] or call 239-461-0334 (voice phone) or 239-247-5821 (video phone). ¦