ASL Groups Held in Central and Eastern Iowa

November 22, 2019

Through the Early Hearing Detection & Intervention project, ASK has partnered with parent leaders across Iowa to host community- and awareness-building activities for children who are Deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) and their families. Two of the parents have lived experience raising children who are D/HH, and another parent is a Deaf individual. These activities are semi-structured with the primary goal of providing access to American Sign Language (ASL) to young children and their families. Activities are scheduled through Spring 2020 in Eldridge, Waterloo, and Grimes; please see below for specific dates, times, and locations.


ASL Play & Sign is a community-led group in the Quad Cities area intended to spread awareness of and teach basic ASL skills. The group is intended for anyone, any age, and no previous knowledge of ASL is required. Additional 2020 dates TBA.

Saturday, November 23  |  10:00-10:45 am
Monday, December 2  |  5:00-5:45 pm
Saturday, January 11  |  10:00-10:45 am

Scott County Library, Eldridge Branch
200 N 6th Ave, Eldridge, IA 52748 

Questions? Contact Jillyn Kaufman.


The Signing Language Leopards is an after-school ASL group lead by Kei-Che Randle of Songs to Enhance People Signing, known as STEPS. The goal is to bridge the gap between the hearing and deaf community, promote inclusion, and showcase the evolution and enhancement of people’s sign language skills. The group meets from 4:00-5:00 pm. 

Tuesday, December 3
Thursday, December 5
Tuesday, December 10
Thursday, December 12

Lincoln Elementary School
302 Cedar Bend St, Waterloo, IA 50703

Questions? Contact Kei-Che Randle.


ASL Basics meets monthly with the goal of spreading awareness of and teaching basic ASL skills to early learners. Open to children ages 3 and up. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month from 4:30-5:15 pm.

Wednesday, December 11
Wednesday, January 8
Wednesday, February 12
Wednesday, March 11

Grimes Public Library
200 N James St, Grimes, IA 50111

Questions? Contact Allison Kupka.