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Anabaptist Disabilities Network
Although deafness can be defined as "the lack or loss of the ability to hear" there has been an increasing movement in the past generation to see deafness not as a disability but as a defining characteristic within a separate Deaf culture (the capital "D" being intentional). (See definitions.) See also the Hearing page which addresses the needs of those who have a mild to moderate hearing loss.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" by Jeremy Weber, from the April 8, 2010 issues of Christianity Today. "The deaf are virtually an 'unreached people group,' but Deaf Video Communications, an Illinois ministry, is remedying that one video at a time."
Deaf Video Communications produces biblical dramatizations, Christian teaching materials, sermons, Bible studies, children’s programs, and more. Most videos are produced natively in American Sign Language (ASL) and feature Deaf pastors, missionaries, or lay leaders. Videos are available free-of-charge to the Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and their families, friends, schools and churches through the DVC Lending Library and through online YouTube videos.
New! In November 2009, ADNet and Anabaptist Deaf Ministries announced a new agreement to raise the visibility and promote the ministries of both organizations in Mennonite and related churches. See press release.
A Life Lived for the Poor, Indigenous and Disabled: Helga Dueck and the School for the Deaf in Filadelfia, Paraguay. Article by Katherine Arnoldi in March, 17, 2009 issue of The Mennonite.
Helga often saw deaf children who were given no opportunity to realize their potential... she felt she could do something to help them.... She dreamed of opening a school for the deaf....
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