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Deaf Family Christian Camp (Nov 2005)
Estonia Deaf Reach Out Beyond Their Borders (April 2, 2002)
A New Language for Baby (May 2, 1999)
Nepal's High Incident Deafness (May 23, 1999)
New Deaf Church Plant Continues (September 1 2, 2001)
New York State Attorney General Attacks the Americans with Disabilities Act   (May 2, 1999)
Thailand Officially Accepts Thai Sign Language (October 13, 1999)

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Magazine Launched

Several Deaf have a new vision.  They have launched a Deaf Magazine called "In His Hands".  The goal for this magazine is to inspire you, to get you zealous for the Lord, to pass on to lost Deaf sheep, to be gathered to Jesus’ flock. This magazine will include Biblical games, articles to feed your spiritual mind and soul. It also includes testimonies from our Deaf brothers and sisters in the Lord.  It's goal is to reach out to other Deaf souls in "Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and other parts of the world." This magazine will have information from Deaf in all the world and be sent to Deaf in all the world.

Some of the articles are intended to leave you with a taste of the culture and expression of the Deaf authors.  In the first issue some of the spelling is left in the language or the author who is from South Africa and has a flavor of the Queen's English via spelling.  You will notice other, clearly, Deaf expressions.

It will include Deaf families, friend's news, and Deaf World Ministries events, updates and other information of worldwide happenings in the Deaf world. It will also include prayer needs, how to be involved in reaching the Deaf and much more..

Subscription for the charter members of the magazine is $10.00 ($11.00 if you use Paypal - to cover their charge to us) for one year, with 4 issues per year. Your support is important. If you want to donate more, it is appreciated.

If you have any future Christian events, testimonies, prayer requests, news about God’s work in Deaf people anywhere in your local church, etc. please write and send to the email address for In His Hands: In deafworldministriesinhishands@yahoo.com.  Subscriptions should be sent to: DWM/In His Hands, PO Box 264, Titusville, PA 16354.


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Thailand Officially Accepts Thai Sign Language 


 (October 4, 1999)

Thai Sign Language is now acknowledged as "the national language of deaf people in Thailand." The Minister of Education signed a resolution on behalf of the Royal Thai Government in August, 1999. The resolution contains specific actions that will be taken by the Ministry of Education, including hiring deaf people as sign language teachers in deaf schools, requiring teachers to learn Thai Sign, and assuring that deaf children are taught in Thai Sign by fluent signers. -- Charles Reilly

This is a great advantage for the Thai people.  They will now be recognized as a more important part of the society.  This will also be a valuable step in seeing their culture recognized.  It should also be a means to receiving better education.   We salute the Thai government for recognizing the significance this people group!

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New Deaf Church Plant Continues  


(September 12, 2003)

The New Life Deaf Church in Titusville, PA will celebrate its anniversary in October.  The church is located at the Deaf World Ministries Center.  While the congregation is small, we believe that people, not numbers, are important.  The Sunday services continue to be held at 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM each Sunday.  The Wednesday night Deaf Bible Study is held at 7:00 PM.

About the Church
The Deaf church in Northwestern Pennsylvania continues to minister to the Deaf in their area. The church began in October 2000 and has consistently ministered to those Deaf in the area. A few hearing people attend the service, however, no interpreter is used. The Assistant Pastor is Deaf, herself and has been preaching each Sunday so the Deaf hear the Gospel in their own language! All worship is led by the Deaf, too.  No music is currently used but there is music in the heart and hands.

One of the goals is to have a church that truly meets the needs of the Deaf in a way that can not happen in an interpreted service. Meeting people in their culture and in their language is one of the main focuses of missionary work. The planting of a church where indigenous leadership is maintained is important.

We are currently looking for a Deaf pastor to come and take the lead in the church.  If you are aware of anyone who is a good spiritual leader and may qualify to be the pastor of this church have them contact us at dwm1@deafworldministries.com or they can write us at our office: 

Deaf World Ministries
P.O. Box 264
Titusville, PA 16354.

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A New Language for Baby


 Infants don't have to cry to get what they want. They can use sign language instead, Scott McKeen discovers.

The Ottawa Citizen
Friday, February 26, 1999

Languishing in front of the tube, watching a gripping episode of Teletubbies, a baby of 10 months waves down mom and signals for a bottle of the good stuff.

No crying, no fuss. He just moves his hands in a pantomime of milking a cow -- the international sign for milk. Mom smiles, signs back her agreement and fetches Junior's bottle.

No, this is not science fiction, but a portrayal of what's now possible at a U.S. university research facility where babies as young as none months are taught sign language, long before they can speak.

In a pilot program at Ohio State University, infants and their teachers learned to use a number of specific signs from American Sign Language to communicate with each other.

Researcher Kimberlee Whaley says parents, when they think about it, won't be surprised to hear that children can communicate physically, before they can verbally.

"Think of an infant raising their hands up in the air," says Ms. Whaley. "What do they want? They want to be picked up, and we all recognize that."

What we didn't recognize is that kids also have the cognitive ability, and the motor skills, to sign for simple words, such as eat, more, stop and share.

It's almost spooky to think that babies who aren't even walking yet are capable of basic understanding and communication.

That's not the half of it, says Ms. Whaley. She says it's not unusual for babies to teach the signs to adults who have forgotten them.

It happened to Ms. Whaley when one baby girl indignantly reminded the researcher of the sign for juice.

"I felt about two inches tall," said Ms. Whaley, an associate professor of human development and family science.

The sign language, she says, has allowed for much more effective communication between teachers and infants.

"It is so much easier for our teachers to work with 12-month-olds who can sign that they want their bottle, rather than just cry and have us try to figure out what they want. This is a great way for infants to express their needs before they can verbalize them."

It's interesting, too, that some babies will grunt to be noticed, then use sign language to get more specific about what they want to say, she says.

Some of the parents are enthusiastic supporters of the research.

Ms. Whaley tells the story of one dad who was able to ask his daughter if she wanted a cookie, and then receive a positive reply, across a noisy roomful of birthday revelers.

Researchers are also hoping these basic communication skills will allow babies to deal with negative emotions in a more positive way. It's not unusual for babies to push one another when frustrated. Ms. Whaley is hoping that teaching them signs for stop or share will end some of the less-desirable behavior.

One fear about the program was that it would stunt the babies' verbal skills. If anything, the opposite seems to have happened, says Ms. Whaley.

"We introduce the signs to them naturally, as part of our everyday life in the classroom. We always speak the words as we sign, so the children learn both. At lunch time, for example, we'll ask them if they're ready by asking them if they want to eat and using the sign for eat."

The researchers are embarking on a larger, two-year study and hope to answer questions raised by the early study: How early can babies learn sign language? And is there a gender difference? Girls appear to learn, or use sign language more easily.

Ms. Whaley thinks children of six or seven months, who are able to sit up on their own, will learn basic signs.

But what about at night? What happens to a hungry or wet baby when mom and dad are asleep?

"They revert back to crying," Ms. Whaley says.

THE RESEARCH

What: Babies who are too young to speak are being taught sign language.

Where: The research is being done at Ohio State University's A. Sophie Rogers Infant-Toddler Laboratory School, which accepts babies as young as six weeks old.

When: Sign language is being introduced to babies who are as young as nine months. Some have learned as many as 30 signs, including: all done, juice, now, five minutes and sleep.

Who: These babies are healthy and normal and this is the first time sign language has been formally taught to infants outside a special-needs setting.

Why: Researchers believe parents and kids will benefit from clearer communication. Imagine a baby being able to communicate why he or she is crying.

The Edmonton Journal

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New York State Attorney General Attacks the Americans with Disabilities Act


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New York State Attorney General Attacks the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) The office of Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is waging a legal campaign against important provisions of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In three recent court cases involving people with disabilities, the Attorney General has argued that Title II of the ADA, which covers public entities such as New York State, and Section 504 are unconstitutional. The Attorney General's position is that states are "immune" from the requirements of the ADA and Section 504.

Most recently, in Constance and Constance vs. State University of New York Health Science Center, the Attorney General argues that state-operated hospitals are not required under the ADA and Section 504 to provide sign language interpreters for people who are deaf. Although this specific case involves sign language interpreters, the implications of this position for all people with disabilities are far-reaching and ominous.

Under the guise of protecting "state's rights," the Attorney General is arguing that Congress over-stepped its bounds when it sought to protect people with disabilities from discrimination at the hands of state government.

You may have heard about the Olmstead case, currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, in which the State of Georgia has argued that the ADA does not require states to support people with disabilities in "the most integrated setting appropriate." As bad as Georgia's claim is, New York's position is even worse.

The Attorney General's position must be opposed-loudly and firmly.

We strongly urge you to write Attorney General Spitzer immediately. Demand that the Attorney General abandon the claim that the ADA and Section 504 do not cover New York and other states.

Write today to protest the Attorney General's attempts to dismantle the ADA and Section 504:

Eliot Spitzer
Attorney General of the State of New York
The Capital
Albany, NY 12224

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Nepal's Deaf


It has recently been reported (May 23, 1999) that Nepal has one of the highest incidences of deafness. The Deaf and hard of hearing make up 17% of Nepal's population.

This presents a need to the Christian community to make the Deaf people group in Nepal a focus of evangelism. The main religion of Nepal is Hinduism. The estimate back in 1995 was about 1.2 million Deaf and Hard of Hearing living in Nepal. The figure is larger today.

Can we stand by and allow them to never hear the Gospel? Who will go?  Surely God has placed them on someone's heart!  Let us know what is being done.  Write to us at dwm1@deafworldministries.com.

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Deaf Pupils Accuse Nuns of Abuse at Mass. School

 BOSTON  - Roman Catholic nuns were charged with sexual, physical and mental abuse -- including rape of some Deaf students in a Boston-area school for the deaf to -- according to a lawsuit filed on recently.

 Attorney Mitchell Garabedian  recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of nine former students of the Boston School for the Deaf, which closed in 1994.More than two years after a pedophile priest scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, 

 The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified monetary damages, charges that nuns at the school, along with a priest and other unidentified staff members, abused students between 1944 and 1977.

The attorney said some of the abuse might have happened as punishment for students who used  sign language to communicate.

 The Boston School for the Deaf used oral language for communication and sign language was frowned upon.

 Attorney Garabedian told a news conference, "They were supposed to receive an education. Instead they were sexually molested, physically abused and mentally tormented," There were about two dozen former students with him at the news conference.

 "If they were caught using American Sign Language, they would be punished. Some would have their hands tied behind their backs for a couple of hours," he said, adding more lawsuits may follow. "This is ugly."

Some students complained of having their heads down toilet bowls while others said they were beaten, forced into lockers or forced into dark  closets where they had to stand.   When students complained to their parents or other nuns, the plea for help were ignored or further punishment was received.

 The school was located in Randolph, Massachusetts, and had been staffed by some of the Sisters of Saint Joseph.  The nuns said they only learned of the allegations when the complaint was made public, and that they would begin an immediate investigation.

 The church,  in a statement gave a positive response stating that “they will treat the alleged victims with sensitivity and dignity while pursuing the truth while also holding high respect for the civil and canonical law.”

 One plaintiff, James Sullivan reported that in 1960,  a nun slapped him across the face and smashed his head into a window, which broke. Then he was forced him to pull his pants down in front of his classmates, and the teacher proceeded to hit him with a yardstick, and pulled his hair.  He tried to tell his parents, but they would not listen. 

 He stated, “"My parents loved the teachers and the principal. ... They felt the nuns were right, it made me furious. I had a horrible temper."  "I really don't know who I am to this day." These quotes are his own words.

This report is condensed  from  other sources including. Copyright   2003 Reuters Limited.    
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