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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      My eldest son and his wife are in an "American Sign Language" Congregation here in North Carolina, and both of them can hear perfectly ... so the idea occurred to me .... what do Brothers and Sisters in other countries use? 
      American sign Language?
      German Sign Language?
      French Sign Language?
      Russian Sign Language?
      American Indian Sign Language?
      Etc?
      Is it a Universal Language across verbal languages?
      Hmmmmmm .......
       
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      Jehovah's Witnesses host annual convention in American Sign Language
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      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  -- The Jehovah's Witnesses hosted its annual convention at their Assembly Hall on Kennedy Boulevard this weekend.  The convention, with the theme "Don't Give Up," was one of more than a dozen regional events hosted around the country in more than 10 different languages. 

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      The silence will speak volumes at a three-day convention in Brampton from July 29 to 31.
      More than 600 deaf and deaf-blind from Canada are expected to take part in a series of religious talks conducted solely through American Sign Language (ASL).
      The Bible-themed talks, drama and movies are being held at the Assembly Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 2594 Bovaird Dr. W. near Bovaird and Heritage Rds.
      At the event, there will be tactile services for the deaf and deaf-blind, 10 television screens, Braille literatures and 18 sign language interpreters, explained Mike Franklin, spokesperson, ASL Convention, adding the entire program will be in ASL with speakers from across Canada, including both hearing and hearing impaired.  
      “Sign language is the language of heart for the deaf and deaf-blind and it’s really their first language,” he said. “This event will give many an idea of how valuable it is to deaf people to have both a program in their language and three days of association with people who all use sign language. ”
      Last year, some 600 ASL users from across Canada, including a few new immigrants,  attended what was the first ever event in the Toronto area.
      Stewart Milner, 46, a Burlington resident who is deaf and has low or tunnel vision, was one of the many travelling to Brampton.
      “Last year’s (convention) was uplifting and a spiritual feast,” Milner signed via Brandon Muldoon, an interpreter.
      Milner, who was born deaf, could see, but slowly over the years, his vision degenerated. He cannot communicate verbally.
      Milner said a loss in vision means that sometimes he cannot see the person using the sign language, and so he has to resort to tactile (touch) methods in which he will place his hands over the signer’s hands to feel the movement and location of the signs.  
      Milner said he was angry and hurt about the cards he had been dealt with in life for many years until he found solace in spirituality some eight years ago.
      “Before I connected with the Witnesses (Jehovah’s), I was very frustrated,” Milner signed. “I was an angry person. As I began to study and understand the Bible, I gave up a lot of bad habits. It wasn’t a quick change, it took years, but I feel I am a happier person for it…”
      Many of the hearing and sight impaired that live alone have no opportunity to interact with another humans and this can often lead to a sense of isolation, Franklin explained. By coming to a convention, they can forge friendships. What’s more, they will be in an environment that’s inclusive to their needs.
      Muldoon, who works in Mississauga as a sign language interpreter, said his job allows him to help the deaf and deaf-blind individuals like Milner. It has proven to be a fulfilling vocation, both personally and spiritually.
      The convention is free and open to all. For more details visit www.jw.org/ase.

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      LeConte Hall signs during a convention for the hearing impaired at the Jehovah Witnesses Assembly Hall in Fairfield, Friday. The convention drew 1,300 people and attendees travelled from Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. (Aaron Rosenblatt/Daily Republic)
       
      FAIRFIELD — Gloria and Gilbert Dante drove from Spokane, Washington. Jose and Marites Calma flew in from Hawaii.
      Both couples were among the 1,300 people in the Jehovah’s Witnesses assembly hall Friday for the first day of a three-day annual regional convention for the deaf, blind and those with impaired hearing.
      Some of them traveled from as far as Alaska.
      Gilbert Dante lost his hearing when he was 7 months old.
      “He couldn’t hear anything,” Gloria Dante, his wife of 43 years, said.
      He was sent to the Berkeley School for the Deaf, where he learned alongside John Tracy, the deaf son of actor Spencer Tracy.
      Gloria Dante learned sign language when she married him. He used to spell words backward in sign language just to tease her, she said.
      The couple became Jehovah’s Witnesses after their son died of Sudden Infant Death syndrome in 1972. They traveled for several years to Southern California to attend conferences that offered services for those with hearing impairments.
      “He is in his element (here),” said Gloria Dante. “He is hearing the Bible through his eyes.”
      Marites Calma grew up in a small Jehovah’s Witness congregation with no services for the deaf. She would go to meetings but not understand what was being said.
      “It’s hard to connect with God if you don’t know him,” LeConte Hall, a Vacaville resident who spoke Friday afternoon on the topic “When Tired,” said.
      Marites Calma said through her husband of 20 years that the American Sign Language conference is “in my language” and gives her the opportunity to meet with other deaf Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      Bryce Henry of Santa Rosa learned sign language and speech. He’s more comfortable signing, he said.
      The American Sign Language conventions draw him closer to God, he said, because the Scriptures are brought to life rather than just reading them on paper. He has many passages of Scripture, in American Sign Language, on his phone.
      This year’s convention has more audio than in the past, Hall said. Most of the deaf people attending are accompanied by speaking family and/or friends.
      “For each deaf person here, there’s probably another two or three people with them,” Hall said.
      Nearly 50 videos will be shown over the course of the convention. About 90 percent will have audio as well as American Sign Language.
      Speaking people at the convention are asked to use sign language out of respect to those with hearing impairments. A bevy of monitors are spread throughout the huge room so all can see.
      According to JW.org, the first sign language service was held in Korea 40 years ago. Today, there are more than 4,000 sign languages services in Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      The Fairfield Kingdom Hall offers American Sign Language services at 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays at 2010 E. Tabor Ave.
      Hall is part of the services. He learned American Sign Language from the deaf mother of a friend. He began working as interpreter while in his teens.
      The Jehovah’s Witnesses website has translated its material in 28 different sign languages.
      The free convention is open to the public and begins at 9:20 a.m. It’s in the Assembly Hall at 2020 Walters Road, behind the Kingdom Hall.
      For more information, visit https://www.jw.org/ase/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions
       

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