A FREE online crash course series on Filipino Sign Language (FSL) will be offered by the School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies (SDEAS) of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde starting May 30 at 4 p.m.

Conducted via Facebook Live at the school’s official Facebook page, it will be facilitated by faculty members Bernadette Infanta and Maria Elena Lozada of the SDEAS Filipino Sign Language Learning Program.

The first session will cover the FSL alphabet and the fundamental greetings, while the succeeding lessons will dwell on important signs used in hospital emergencies and COVID-19 — related situations.

The School of Deaf Education aims to educate the public about the Deaf community. “It is important for my students to learn sign language, so they can communicate with members of the Deaf community. As hearing persons, they must be aware about Deaf people’s identity and unique culture,” Ms. Infanta said in a statement. “After learning Filipino Sign Language, perhaps they can visit remote regions and help provide access to the Deaf as teachers or interpreters.”

Supplementary FSL Learning Kits, which contain posters and videos featuring over 300 signs and phrases, to guide the participants as they continue learning the language at home, may be obtained at a minimum cost of P350.

Interested supporters may send help via GCash or via electronic bank transfer to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde UCPB Savings Account. (Account number: 00120-196-8681; Reference Code: 2020SDEASCOVID).

For inquiries, visit the official Facebook Page of DLS-CSB School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies. The support form may be accessed through https://bit.ly/2SeK1jl.