Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Silent Life

   At the corner of J. Galvez (formerly Polo Road) and F.B. Harrison Street lies the Philippine Schools for the Deaf and Blind.  It was founded in 1907.  Over one hundred years later television in the Philippines and all over the world still does not have sign language translation.  Closed captioning may or may not be available and mostly in English.  Why has their presence in society been so ignored?  Could it be that there is no market for merchandise in the deaf community?  Surely those people eat, drink, work and live productive lives with buying power.  Has anyone ever seen a deaf homeless?  Or a deaf criminal?  Or a deaf drug addict?  

   The deaf don’t show up in the six o’clock news protesting, rioting, stealing, or driving under the influence (DUI).  They marry, have families, get sick and get victimized by evil like everybody else.  The only difference is they live normal lives in silence while the rest of the world look the other way.

   In keeping with Jesus’ instructions in Matthew 24:14And this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” the Jehovah’s Witnesses website has the JW Library Sign Language App to quickly look up scriptures, easily download videos with simple navigation and space management.  It has the Bible and other publications in sign language in all of 79 languages.  

1.     American Sign Language 
2.     Auslan Australian Sign Language
3.     Bahasa Isyarat Indonesian Sign Language
4.  Bahasa Isyarat Malaysian Sign Language
5.      British Sign Language 
6. český znakový jazykCzech Sign Language
7. Chinenero Chamanja cha ku Malawi Sign Language
8. Dansk tegnsprog Danish Sign Language
9. Deutsche Gebärdensprache German Sign Language
10. Deutschschweizer Gebärdensprache Swiss German Sign Language
11. eesti viipekeel Estonian Sign Language
12. Filipino Sign Language 
13. Ghanaian Sign Language Ghanaian Sign Language
14. hrvatski znakovni jezik Croatian Sign Language
15. Indian Sign Language 
16. Irish Sign Language
17. Kenyan Sign Language 
18. Langue des signes belge francophone Belgian French Sign Language
19. Langue des signes française French Sign Language
20. Langue des signes québécoise Quebec Sign Language
21. Latviešu zīmju valoda Latvian Sign Language
22. lengua de señas argentina Argentinean Sign Language
23. lengua de señas boliviana Bolivian Sign Language
24. lengua de señas chilena Chilean Sign Language
25. lengua de señas colombiana Colombian Sign Language
26. lengua de señas costarricense Costa Rican Sign Language
27. lengua de señas ecuatoriana Ecuadorian Sign Language
28. lengua de señas mexicana Mexican Sign Language
29. lengua de señas uruguaya Uruguayan Sign Language
30. lengua de señas venezolana Venezuelan Sign Language
31. lengua de signos española Spanish Sign Language
32. Lenguaje de señas cubano Cuban Sign Language
33. lenguaje de señas guatemalteco Guatemalan Sign Language
34. lenguaje de señas hondureño Honduras Sign Language
35. lenguaje de señas nicaragüense Nicaraguan Sign Language
36. lenguaje de señas panameño Panamanian Sign Language
37. lenguaje de señas paraguayo Paraguayan Sign Language
38. lenguaje de señas peruano Peruvian Sign Language
39. Lietuvių gestų kalba Lithuanian Sign Language
40. Limbajul semnelor românesc Romanian Sign Language
41. Língua brasileira de sinais Brazilian Sign Language
42. Lingua dei segni italiana Italian Sign Language
43. Língua de Sinais Angolana Angolan Sign Language
44. Língua de Sinais Moçambicana Mozambican Sign Language
45. Língua Gestual Portuguesa Portuguese Sign Language
46. magyar jelnyelv Hungarian Sign Language
47. Nederlandse Gebarentaal Dutch Sign Language
48. New Zealand Sign Language New Zealand Sign Language
49. Norsk tegnspråk Norwegian Sign Language
50. Österreichische Gebärdensprache Austrian Sign Language
51. polski język migowy Polish Sign Language
52. shqipe e shenjave Albanian Sign Language
53. slovenski znakovni jezik Slovenian Sign Language
54. slovenský posunkový jazyk Slovak Sign Language
55. South African Sign Language South African Sign Language
56. suomalainen viittomakieli Finnish Sign Language
57. Surinaamse Gebarentaal Suriname Sign Language
58. Svenskt teckenspråk Swedish Sign Language
59. Tenin’ny Tanana Malagasy Madagascar Sign Language
60. Vietnamese Sign Language Vietnamese Sign Language
61. Vlaamse Gebarentaal Flemish Sign Language
62. Zambian Sign Language Zambian Sign Language
63. Zimbabwean Sign Language Zimbabwe Sign Language
64. Ελληνική Νοηματική Γλώσσα Greek Sign Language
65. български жестомимичен език Bulgarian Sign Language
66. монгол дохионы хэл Mongolian Sign Language
67. русский жестовый Russian Sign Language
68. српски знаковни језик Serbian Sign Language
69. שפת סימנים ישראליתIsraeli Sign Language
70. नेपाली साङ्केतिक भाषा Nepali Sign Language
71. ශ්රී ලංකා සංඥා භාෂාව Sri Lankan Sign Language
72. ภาษามือไทยThai Sign Language
73. Myanmar Sign Language
74. ភាសាសញ្ញាខ្មែរ Cambodian Sign Language
75. 한국 수화 Korean Sign Language
76. 中国手语 Chinese Sign Language
77. 台灣手語 Taiwanese Sign Language
78. 日本手話 Japanese Sign Language
79. 香港手語 Hong Kong Sign Language

   Now, that’s what Jesus was talking about!!!

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