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The 2011 edition of Breaking the Sound Barrier in Your Church: Ministry & Mission With People who are Hard of Hearing or Late-Deafened includes the CART system, and is now available as an Adobe PDF file.
Adobe PDF Click here to download Breaking the Sound Barrier.
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Deaf Ministry: An Introduction to Ministry Models (Leo Yates).
Goodreads information.
Available for Kindle Reader or paperback from Amazon.
Deaf Ministry: A Comprehensive Overview of Ministry Models, third edition, by Leo Yates Jr.
Goodreads information
UM Disability Blog review of 2nd edition
Stories by Hand review of 2nd edition
Available for Kindle Reader or paperback from Amazon.
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Interpreting at Church: A Paradigm for Sign Language Interpreters, fourth edition, by Leo Yates Jr.
Goodreads information
Available for Kindle Reader or in paperback from Amazon or paperback from B&N.
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Deaf Ministry: Make a Joyful Silence, Peggy A. Johnson and Robert L. Walker, 2007.
Goodreads information
Available in paperback from Amazon
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Pocket Reference of Religious Signs, revised (Leo Yates jr).
Available in paperback from Amazon and others.
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Religious Signing: A Comprehensive Guide for All Faiths revised (Elaine Costello).
Goodreads information
publisher's site
Available for Kindle Reader or paperback from Amazon and others.
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Hymns for Signing, Abingdon Press.
Goodreads information.
Available from Cokesbury.
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So you want to be an interpreter? (Janice Humphrey)
Paperback or CD from Amazon and others.
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Signs of Love: A Guide for Deaf Ministry by Lori Buck, an introduction to Deaf culture and ministry.
Bishop Peggy Johnson says that the book "gives numerous creative suggestions for ministry, not only in the context of the worship service but in the life of the church at large."
ISBN: 978-0-8170-1753-8, 160 pages
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Available for Kindle Reader or paperback from Amazon and other sources
cover of Signs of Love, shows an aqua background with the sign I Love You.
Speaking Out: Gifts of Ministering Undeterred by Disabilities, Robert L. Walker, ed., 2012.
Read about this book at the United Methodist Association of Ministers with Disabilities website.
cover of Speaking Out, shows a painting of a circle of people
Deaf Culture Our Way, Samuel K. Holcomb and Thomas K. Holcomb, 2011.
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Available for Kindle Reader
Available in paperback from Amazon or B&N
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Deaf in America: Voices From a Culture, Carol Padden and Tom Humphries, 1990.
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Available for Kindle Reader
Available in paperback or hardcover from Amazon or B&N
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A Guide to Deaf Ministry: Let's Sign Worthy of the Lord, DeAnn Sampley, 1990.
Goodreads information
Available in paperback from Amazon
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Including People with Disabilties in Faith Communities: A guide for Service Providers, Families, and Congregations, Erik Carter, 2007.
Goodreads information
Available in paperback from Amazon and others
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Hear and Now, HBO, 2007.
IMDb information
Available on DVD from Amazon
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See What I'm Saying, 2009.
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Website
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Sound and Fury, 2000.
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Switched at Birth, 2011-2017.
IMDb information
Freeform viewing
Switched at Birth poster
Through Deaf Eyes, PBS, 2007.
IMDb information
PBS website
available on DVD from Amazon
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  • Disability Concerns video from Baltimore-Washington Conference, a captioned video that explores accessibility and hearing accommodations in several churches.
  • Religious Signs
  • Signing with Val—Religious Vocabulary
  • Resources for religious interpreting website.

By listing organizations, companies, or other sources of interest to our constituents, the United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Ministries does not recommend, endorse, or otherwise offer preference for any such entity. All listings are reports only, and are open equally to any entity offering suitable services.