With regret:
Due to the corona virus pandemic, the
2020 ASL Immersion Weekend
has been cancelled.
Stay healthy & see you all next year!

April 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2020
Joe Sapienza’s ASL Immersion Weekend

The 26th annual
ASL Immersion Weekend presents
and is presented by
Sandy Rae Scott

Workshop Description:

Relying on research and paradigms from several well-known authors and the instructor’s 20+ years of teaching ASL, this 12-hour workshop is designed to provide individuals with the opportunity to strengthen their abilities to use ASL on a daily basis. The workshop presentation will focus on ASL syntax including non-manual signals/non-manual markers (NMM/NMS), all aspects of fingerspelling, and number/time incorporation.  Rotation drills, video viewing activities, group discussions, and ASL-English/English-ASL translations will be provided during the ASL Immersion Weekend. Participants will acquire new knowledge, increased confidence, and will leave the workshop with newly acquired ideas and skills that will enable them to continue building a good sense of ASL usage and resilient collaboration.

Participants will view a PowerPoint presentation on ASL syntax, and they will be asked to demonstrate their ability to sign in correct ASL order. During rotation drills, the participants will incorporate NMM/NMS into short passages using various scenarios in group discussions.

Small groups of participants will discuss and list ways to maintain their abilities to use NMM/NMS and discuss how to apply them into their daily use of ASL. Participants will share their NMM/NMS applications with the rest of the audience.

During the video viewing activities, the participants will list all their finger-spelled words.

Participants will work in small groups to create ASL sentences using the words from the cards to demonstrate their fingerspelling abilities;

During the PowerPoint presentation on number/time incorporation, participants will be asked to demonstrate appropriate parameters when signing numbers and times.

For the ASL-English translation activity, each group will view each video, then discuss and write their translation on a large poster. Each participant will read all of the posters and compare notes within their about their translating abilities. During the rotation drills, the participants will read short passages and discuss how they will translate each passage within their groups.

Participants will write their own SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic/Relevant and Time Bound) goals to implement and strengthen all aspects of their ASL usage.

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2020 Presenter

Sandy Rae Scott has taught at Utah Schools for the Deaf, Ogden Campus, as an ASL/English Specialist for five years.  Prior to her relocation to Utah, Sandy taught at three different residential schools of the Deaf in the states of Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama and at a public high school in Seattle, Washington. Sandy has served as an ASL instructor at the University of Virginia, Seattle Central Community College and Gallaudet University. In addition to her teaching job, Sandy has been passionately contributing her bilingual lessons to the ASL/English Enrichment page on Facebook which she implemented in 2014 and 2017. Her broad experience in a variety of diverse settings has given her professional and personal experience creating synergistic relationships that build and elevate the Deaf community. She currently resides in Ogden, UT with her husband.  Her leisure activities include vintage antique shopping, exploring small towns and admiring natural wonders.

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Weekend Info

About the Weekend: WHERE

The Weekend is held at the Babler State Park’s Outdoor Education Center.  It is a quiet, rustic area that is perfect for our group to be isolated from others using their voice so that participants may focus on visual communication mode.  Its not “fancy”, but it fits perfectly with our needs. The address is as follows:

The Outdoor Education Center
Babler State Park
800 Guy Park Drive
Wildwood, Missouri  63005-6134

About the Weekend: WHEN

The 2020 Weekend begins at 4:30 pm on Friday, April 17th and ends at 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 19th

About the Weekend: WHO

The ASL Immersion Weekend is open to anyone 18 years of age and older.  Regardless of your signing skill, you are welcome at this event!  Please note that the presenter will present and teach at  their normal signing rate and speed. Any questions or clarification on this, please call me at 636-227-2277

About the Weekend: COST

The cost for the 2020 ASL Immersion Weekend is $110.00 per participant. This cost covers for:

    • At least 12 hours of instruction time (2 hours on Friday, 8 hours on Saturday, and 2 hours on Sunday)

    • 6 meals (dinner on Friday, breakfast lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday)

  • On-site lodging in a camp cabin for Friday and Saturday night. Each cabin holds 12+ people and has an open-area, shared dormitory concept.  Each of the six inner partitions accommodates two people and opens into the center of the cabin. They are heated and, yes, there is hot running water!


Once you have registered and your money received, you will be sent a Welcome Letter via the email address you’ve provided.  This will include map links, informational page (what to bring, not bring, etc.) and any last minute details.  The Welcome Letters will be emailed as soon as possible, but no later than one week before the Weekend.

This program (The ASL Immersion Weekend) has applied for 1.2 CEUs from the National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) in the Content Area of Professional Studies and will have an Instructional Level of Advanced.

This program (The ASL Immersion Weekend) has applied for 1.2 CEUs from the Missouri Certification Maintenance Program.

Most states’ Certification Maintenance Programs accept CEUs approved by the RID. Contact your states’ Board or Licensing Agency for verification.

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Why ASL Weekend?

The ASL Immersion Weekend is an ongoing yearly workshop and nonverbal experience going on its 25th year.  It’s a quiet, no-frills, casual event that brings people of varying skill levels, backgrounds and experiences together to learn and share aspects of American Sign Language and Deaf Culture.

The ASL Immersion Weekend is open to anyone interested in American Sign Language:

  • Interpreters
  • Students of Interpreter Training Programs
  • Students of sign language classes
  • Families and friends of D/deaf or hard of hearing individuals
  • Special education teachers
  • D/deaf or hard of hearing individuals

The ASL Immersion Weekend consists of 12 hours of workshop time inside of a non-vocal Immersion Weekend! The workshop, as well as your interaction with other participants throughout the weekend, will offer plenty of opportunities to improve your receptive and expressive skills in a relaxing retreat environment. Through this exposure, participants will also gain a deeper understanding of Deaf Culture and the Deaf community’s language, ASL  The only requirement is an open mind and an understanding that you will learn something if only you allow it!

The ASL Immersion Weekend will be conducted without vocal communication. Participants will communicate solely through sign language and visual means.

Check out these video testimonials from past Weekenders!

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