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Communicating With the Deaf in Emergency Situations

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences is pleased to be working in partnership with the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in the development and delivery of this workshop.

This 10 hour interactive workshop will introduce participants to strategies and techniques for dealing with individuals in the deaf community in first contact emergency situations. Participants will learn the ASL alphabet, basic sign language for emergency situations, and communication strategies to be able to calm, reassure, assess and obtain contact and other necessary information. Participants will also spend time learning about deaf culture in order to have a better understanding on how to communicate with individuals in the deaf community. The workshop is designed to apply what is learned in practice scenarios.

No previous knowledge of Sign Language is required to take this workshop.

At the end of the workshop, participants receive a USB with over 100 practice videos to review the material covered in the workshop and a Humber College Certificate of Participation.

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Watch the video on "Communicating with the Deaf in Emergency Situations". 


Teaching Young Children in ESL/EFL Classes Workshop

Often times TESL trained teachers go overseas and find themselves in front of a classroom of young children with no experience of how to teach them. This four-hour workshop on Teaching Young Children in the ESL/EFL classroom will provide participants with practical strategies that can be used in an English language classroom full of young learners whether in Canada or overseas.  Participants will learn classroom management strategies and reward systems and how to create a supportive learning environment and activities that can be used with young learners.  Participants will also have the opportunity to learn how the activities and materials used in adult learning language classes can be adapted for young children.



"As a future nurse, I want to be able to provide the best care as possible to anyone I may encounter. After attending this workshop, I have gained skills on how to communicate with the deaf. The workshop was ever so life changing, especially on how important it is to communicate with individuals in the Deaf community. I learned how to sign questions that I can definitely use in the workforce like, where is your pain, have you taken any medications, how are you feeling. It was such an amazing workshop, the instructors just made it so much fun to learn! I would definitely recommend this workshop to everyone, especially individuals who will be present during emergency situations - it will make a difference in the care provided to individuals who are hearing impaired." - Cheyenne Hosein

"Having been with Lisa and Cathy for only 2 days, I have deepened my understanding of the deaf culture and I feel so pleased to be able to communicate with people using Sign Language. In particular, if I came across an emergency situation requiring Sign Language, I could assist through the use of ASL. This workshop also inspires me to volunteer in the field. The teachers were passionate in their presentation and the classmates were very supportive of one another in the learning process. This workshop was terrific!" - Yulian Liao

"I have been in Canada for almost 11 years and this is the first time I ever interacted with anyone from the Deaf community. As a nursing student here at Humber, I found that the ASL workshop was useful in preparing me for emergency situations involving the Deaf community and I have already recommended it to all my friends as a great way to learn and be prepared for any instances involving individuals in the deaf community.” - Thaila Rawlins

"I attended the ALS workshop in April. It was one of the best learning experiences I've ever had. I walked into the class knowing nothing about sign language, and by mid day I was able to ask questions, and add to conversations. Lisa the professor is absolutely wonderful, she makes the experience. After the program ended I thought seriously about continuing my education in a program with Lisa and sign language. I think it's definetly something that will benefit me and my hopes in becoming a police officer." - Marleah Richards

Other Training Options

Study Sign Language

For those interested in continuing to study Sign Language, check out our Sign Language 1 class.

Workshops for Your Organization

Arrange workshops for your organization on site, with dates and times of your choice. Parking on campus is free.