FAQ for Immerse into ASL

What do participants in the Immerse into ASL program do each day?
Program participants are up and at breakfast by 8:00 am. Classes start promptly at 9:00. After a noon lunch break, students return back to classes for their afternoon sessions and their chosen workshops. During the evenings and weekends, we've planned for a variety of activities and social events, including an excursion into Washington, DC -- exciting days filled with learning opportunities in an environment rich in cultural diversity!

Where are the students/youth/campers housed?
Participants are housed together in the dorms on campus.

Are youth/students supervised?
Participants are supervised 24/7 by camp staff and qualified dorm counselors specifically assigned to the Youth programs. Additionally, all dorms have Resident Advisors on duty in the main office.

What does the program fee cover?

Program fee covers program instruction, housing, three meals a day, transportation, outings, recreation fees and camp t-shirt.

Is linen provided for my child?
One set of sheets, a pillow and a set of towels (towel and wash cloth). Your child may also bring his/her own linen.

Should my child bring spending money?
Yes, for snacks in the evenings and for off campus events such as the Rehoboh Beach outing.

Is there a Bookstore on campus?
There is a Bookstore on campus which sells a variety of items typically sold in a small drug store. It is closed on the weekends.

Are accommodations available to parents who accompany their child and wish to stay overnight?
Residence Life provides visitors housing. There is also the Kellogg Conference Hotel on campus. Please contact Visitors Housing at visitor.housing@gallaudet.edu directly for the housing registration form. Kellogg Conference Hotel's reservation number is (202) 651-6000.

Who do I contact about the program content (i.e. what will be covered in each level of ASL courses)?
Kimberly Pudans-Smith is responsible for the program content. Please contact her at kimberly.pudans-smith@gallaudet.edu.

Can I do a payment plan?
Yes. We accept payment plans in two installments. A minimum of a $300 deposit needs to be made for the first installment. Full payment is due no later than April 15, 2015 in order to guarantee your child's spot in the program of choice. We will send an email to update you on the status of processed payments as well.

Is there financial assistance available for Immerse into ASL participants?
Yes, we do have scholarships. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you will need to fill out a scholarship form with a letter explaining why you should receive the scholarship as well as a copy of your recent tax forms. We provide scholarships only to Deaf and Hard of Hearing students.

What else is required other than submitting an application online?
After submitting an application online, we will need either a copy of your child’s high school transcript OR a letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor. Those documents can be faxed to (202) 651-5744 to the attention of Vivienne Schroeder, or emailed to her at vivienne.schroeder@gallaudet.edu. Upon receipt of these documents, prospective campers will then be contacted to set up an evaluative skype meeting with a program official. Afterward we will send an email confirmation in regards to your child's acceptance into the program.

When is the application deadline?

We do not have a specific deadline. However, spots do fill up quickly, so the sooner we receive everything, the better. Our Immerse into ASL program will have a maximum of 48 students per session.

When is check-in and check-out dates/times?

Check-in is on July 9th, and check-out is on July 17th. Check-in times may vary due to flight times. Participants must check out of the dorms no later than noon on July 17th.


Which airport should I look at having my child fly into?
Reagan National Airport (DCA) is the closest to Gallaudet. It is also Metro accessible and taxi-friendly. We will have a camp counselor meet your child at the baggage claim and accompany them on their way to Gallaudet.

Can I register my child into more than one sessions of Immerse into ASL if they are offered?
You can only register your child for one session per summer. We have a limited number of slots available for each session and want to allow more students to get a chance to participate in this exciting camp. 
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