School is expensive, and at the end of it we might have not as much practical knowledge as we like, or that the real world requires. Given the opportunity to learn practical tools, for free, without books, scary tests and even scarier professors, would you? For those who said yes, you can take American Sign Language or First Aid and CPR courses for free. Yes, free, courtesy of Students for Barrier Free Access (this goes for all students on campus –not just for those who identify with the disability community). For those of you who said no, well, did I mention it’s FREE?
American Sign Language, we often think, is only needed for those with hearing impairment, so why learn it? Getting involved in something you aren’t acquainted with is a great way to get involved with other students, learn something cool (cause ASL is the only way to speak without actually speaking) and maybe get out of that very comfortable comfort zone. And did I mention it’s FREE!
Unlike the stereotypes about ASL, nearly everyone requires CPR and First Aid Training. If you plan on volunteering or getting a job, CPR is often required. If you don’t plan on doing either, it’s always good to be prepared, like if you’re friend has a little too much “fun” on a Friday night.
So what’s involved in both courses? In ASL, the courses available run from ASL101, which is beginner’s, like learning the alphabet and saying simple sentences, to ASL303, an advanced level where you learn to narrate more sophisticated sentences. The courses use fun media, peer-to-peer interaction and easy lesson plans. No all-nighters here!
In the CPR course (Standard First Aid with Basic Rescuer CPR level C and AED), students have the opportunity to learn about emergency situation management, choking, severe bleeding, wound care, burns, and poisons. Like the ASL courses, you get to interact with other students and gain practical knowledge. Youre commerce book can’t tell you how to clean the wound you sustain from trying to use the microwave. Yes, the microwave can burn!
This is how it works. The courses are run through the Canadian Hearing Society and St John’s Ambulance. You need to sign up with SBA and tell them you plan to take a course before you sign up at CHS or with St. John’s. Once you have completed the course and training, you present your receipt to SBA and they will reimburse you in entirety. This application must be submitted no more than 1 month after course completion.