What is Deaf culture?

Deaf people tend to share common behavior, values, beliefs, and world views, even though they may come from different backgrounds. This Deaf culture, along with their language, unifies Deaf people as a group. The SWM…

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Are there different kinds of Sign Language?

American Sign Language is a language just as Spanish is a language. The most well-known signing systems are SEE (Signing Exact English), SE (Signed English), CASE (Conceptually Accurate Signed English), and Pidgin (a mixture of…

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Is it all right to sign left handed?

Yes. Sign with your dominant hand. The majority of the motion will be done with this hand. Do not switch between right and left hands (dominant switching), as it makes communication hard to understand.

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How do I find out if a deaf ministry is needed in my area?

One of the best ways is to ask Deaf people where they go to church. Sometimes they must drive a long distance to go to a church with an interpreter or a deaf church. Larger areas…

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Is Sign Language Universal?

No. Sign Language varies by country. British Sign Language is different from American Sign Language. We have been told that there are several different sign languages used in Mexico. Japanese Sign Language is based on…

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How do I start learning Sign Language?

Silent Word Ministries recommends our American Sign Language Video Vocabulary as a way to start learning signs.  There are over 800 basic signs and 100 practice sentences which introduce ASL grammar.  Also, local colleges in your…

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How do I find out how many Deaf people are in our area?

Contact schools, colleges, Deaf Service Centers, or other agencies that work with Deaf people to inquire about the local Deaf population. Typically, Deaf people will know the general local Deaf population in their area. It is…

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I learned Sign Language from a book. How do I learn to communicate with Deaf people better?

As with any other language, the best way to learn to communicate is to use the language you know. Talk with Deaf people every chance you can. (Don’t bug them, but if they are willing,…

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