Sunday Deaf Brunch

Deaf Brunch

Second, Fourth and Fith Sundays at 10am: New Deal Cafe

first and third Sundays at 11am: Cedars of Lebanon (103 Centerway)

Deaf and hearing people socialize together using sign language! Deaf Brunch is NOT designed to be the sole ASL learning activity but rather to be a way to supplement other work you are doing to learn the language. Use one or more of the activities below, then come to Brunch to socialize in the language rather than using Brunch as a focus on learning the language.

Where can I learn American Sign Language (ASL)?

Most Sundays at 11am, deaf and hearing people come to the New Deal Cafe or Cedars of Lebanon to hang out and socialize. We call ourselves Deaf Brunch. All of our conversations are in ASL (American Sign Language). ASL is a visual, gestural language that has its own grammar and syntax, just like other languages such as French, Arabic, or any other language you might consider.

Learning a language takes commitment and practice, just like any other area of knowledge or skill you may already have. In formal study of ASL, there are levels, just as there may be levels for other languages you may have studied (French I, French II, and so on). Informal practice — such as Deaf Brunch conversations — is the necessary second half to focused study of ASL.

Locally, here are some places you can learn ASL. ASL coursework will be listed first, followed by informal no-cost ways to learn. For courses, please consult the online course listing for up to date information about registration, course times and days, and costs.

Informal ways of learning ASL

Learning a language requires regular learning and practice. If formal courses do not work for you, try some of these electronic resources.


Many ASL websites do not teach you the language. Instead, they teach you ASL vocabulary. There’s more to learning a language than vocabulary of course, but sometimes websites are a good start. The specific websites listed below offer you an opportunity to learn ASL as a language, not just ASL vocabulary. In addition, the websites listed below have a strong connection with members of the Deaf community.

Even though websites are there anytime, learning a language will still require you to use the website on a very regular basis, DAILY if you can do so. Consider focusing on specific areas so that when you come to Brunch, you have done “homework” in particular topics, vocabulary, grammar that is essential to meaning, receptive skills (that is, your ability to understand what has been signed TO you), or other areas.

Start ASL

This website offers a free version of ASL instruction and a modestly priced version. Some of the people who have developed this training are Deaf. Learning ASL from a Deaf instructor is highly valued by members of the Deaf community.

Signing Online

This website offers ASL courses at a cost. The instructor is Deaf with many years of experience working in positions in the Deaf community. The course is suitable for home schooled students or others who wish to learn ASL independently.

Gallaudet University Online

Gallaudet University offers online ASL courses for a cost. Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts university in the world designed specifically for Deaf students. It is known worldwide for its leadership in the Deaf community.


The Deaf News website will not teach you ASL but will provide you with examples of ASL in use, with captions in English so you can understand what has been signed.

Informal ASL practice

Meet Ups

These are informal meetings among those who are learning ASL. Practice is the goal of these get-togethers, with socializing as a secondary aspect. Find local ASL meetups at