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Hearing impaired get heard in free sign language lessons

By Gobleth Moulic

Inquirer Northern Luzon

BAGUIO CITY—Deaf people, whose families could not afford to send them to special education classes, have been learning sign language for free and beyond classroom walls.

Sign language volunteers of the Jehovah’s Witnesses have been bringing classes right at the doorsteps of the hearing impaired since 1994, preferring to educate them in the comforts of their homes.

Some sign language teachers are themselves deaf. All of them have been spending their own time and money to reach out to the deaf community.

More than 2,000 volunteers, from the mountain town of Buguias in Benguet to the coastal villages of Mindanao, go from house to house to seek out the hearing impaired.

If the deaf family member has not undergone formal schooling but is willing to learn sign language, volunteers would be assigned to his or her home.

Once the deaf learns the basics, he or she can also take part in Bible classes offered by Jehovah’s Witnesses for free.

Full Article http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/78981/hearing-impaired-get-heard-in-free-sign-language-lessons

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Born and raised by deaf grandparents, I have supported the Deaf and Hard of Hearing my entire life. For over 50 years now, I have been working with the Deaf helping them learn from the Bible about Jehovah's Kingdom. It is so wonderful to see so many taking hold of a new language and helping the Deaf to learn. We now have a Deaf Congregation here in our home-town.

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Born and raised by deaf grandparents, I have supported the Deaf and Hard of Hearing my entire life. For over 50 years now, I have been working with the Deaf helping them learn from the Bible about Jehovah's Kingdom. It is so wonderful to see so many taking hold of a new language and helping the Deaf to learn. We now have a Deaf Congregation here in our home-town.

There is good growth here as well. Just a few years ago all we had was a group. Then it became a congregation, and then split into 2, and then split again forming a 3rd one just a few weeks ago.

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