Where should the Deaf people in our church sit? Front? Back? Is there a standard?

Generally, churches will establish an area called the “Deaf Section,” although Deaf people may also choose to sit in other locations. Usually the Deaf Section is in the front and to one side of the church. It is recommended that the section be located where Deaf people can easily see the interpreter, the speaker, and any visuals such as PowerPoint or videos. Also, it is recommended that the Deaf Section NOT be in the back of the church, as Deaf people rely upon their eyes to communicate. They must be able to see the pastor’s face and emotions to fully understand his message.

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