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How To Learn Sign Language

Deaf History & Awareness 2


(music) (music) Let’s take a journey through Deaf history –
yesterday,today, and tomorrow. Did you know that for thousands
of years Deaf people have pushed and strived for
language and engagement recognition? The “yesterdays” of Deaf history were full
of hopeful and challenging moments for the Deaf. 1760 was a time where educators made strides
in Spain, Germany, France, Holland and England. Many used secret methods to
teach lipreading to their deaf pupils. Among the most successful oral teachers of the deaf was
Samuel Heinicke, a German educator. Among the most successful oral teachers of the deaf was
Samuel Heinicke, a German educator. Using a technique called
the “German method” he taught pupils speech by having
them feel his throat while he spoke. Then in 1960, Stokoe published a book
on sign language as a legitimate language. In 1965 a Dictionary of ASL
on Linguistic Principles was published. At the same time closed captions began. If we look back almost a
century from then in 1894 the National Deaf Mute College was renamed Gallaudet College in honor of
Thomas H. Gallaudet, its first President. Today, Gallaudet remains a leader in
higher education for the Deaf. Did you know that Gallaudet was
also a missionary and Bible teacher? These defining moments in history have led
us to what Deaf Churches are today. This is a day in age that Deaf Churches are
beginning to be recognized globally. A time where the sign language
has been acknowledged for Bible translations How awesome is that? But, with that in mind, today only 2%
Deaf around the world have experienced the good news of the Bible. Only 5% of the Deaf in America
attend a church regularly. This leaves us a lot of
work for tomorrow. These aspects give us great hope
for the Deaf of tomorrow. The Church in partnership with the
community has the ability to bring even greater language recognition. There are possibilities for even more exposure
and translation for signed languages. Deaf Bible, has a goal to reach
75% of the world’s Deaf by 2025. With new technological advancements
and multiple language platforms along with your help, this can be a reality. (music)

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