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Basic Teenage Slang in ASL

  • 01/27/2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom
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PARID Presents: 

Basic Teenage Slang in ASL

Presented in ASL by Edna F. Johnston, M.S., ED.S. & Hanna Johnston-Shaw

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

6:00pm - 8:00pm

$15 (PARID Members) / $30 (Non-members)

Deaf teens keep pace with hearing teens as they construct slang and manipulate language.  This workshop introduces the most current ASL jargon through direct instruction, discussion, and a breakout activity. Participants need little to no content knowledge to attend this workshop.

This workshop will be presented in ASL and is intended for interpreters, ASL Students, interpreting students, and Deaf community members. Upon completion, participants will receive 0.2 PS CEUs.

Zoom link will be sent out on Tuesday, January 26, 2021.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

● Identify at least 6 slang terms in current use by the deaf teen population, i.e. “WTF?!”, “I’m so doing that… NOT!”, etc.

● Provide an English translation for each

● Perform a brief signed utterance using newly introduced slang

● Distinguish the difference between profane and school-appropriate forms of slang

Online Registration:

Online registration is open now through Monday, 1/25/21. To register or for more information on the presenters and workshop, please visit:

Cancellations, Refunds, & Accommodations:

To request accommodations or for more information on the cancellation or refund policies, please contact Joshua Baugher at

Presenter Information:

Edna F. Johnston, M.S., Ed.S.

Reared in a deaf family, Edna has double Bachelor’s degrees in ASL Studies and English Literature and an EdS degree in Admin. and Supervision from Gallaudet.  She also has a Master’s degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel College.  For 12 years, she taught at Columbia College Chicago’s ASL-English Interpretation Department as a tenured faculty and now at Maryland School for the Deaf for 15 years as an HS English teacher and then as an ASL teacher.  Edna also enjoys teaching ASL/interpreting students at Raritan Valley Community College and Towson University. She is passionate about education and outreach through workshops and events such as American Society for Deaf Children’s ASL Weekend Retreats for families with deaf children. She has served as an ASL Master for several theaters including Shakespeare Theater in Washington DC and as a Technical Editor for several books. Edna is married with four children aged 18-6.

Hanna Johnston-Shaw

Hanna is a senior at Maryland School for the Deaf and is very involved in extracurricular activities such as Jr. Black Deaf Advocates, Jr. NAD, and Student Body Government. She is also an avid athlete playing on the varsity volleyball, basketball, and softball teams.  Her favorite sport is volleyball doing all the digs and serves!  Post secondary plans include attending Gallaudet University possibly to major in  Early Childhood Education or as a social worker/counselor. She loves interacting with all kinds of people and is looking forward to “seeing” you at the workshop!

PARID is approved by the RID CMP to sponsor Continuing Education Activities. This program is offered for 0.2 CEUs in Professional Studies.


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