Sunday, July 1, 2012

A summer day camp for deaf/hard of hearing kids

I took this photo when I went to Goshen for the quilt garden tour.

For the first time in their ministry, College Mennonite Church of Goshen, Indiana is hosting a day camp this summer for deaf and hard of hearing children. In a newspaper interview, camp organizers explained that for most of the 16 children attending, "this camp means more than having fun and games. It means being able to fully communicate with other kids during rounds of "duck, duck, goose" or freeze tag and watching a TV show where the characters use their language." The camp is conducted mostly in American Sign Language and the television show referred to is Dr. Wonder's Workshop. The organizers' aim is for the children "to have complete access to what's going using a visual language."

I think that's wonderful and wish the children a happy, safe time making new friendships and learning new things together.

You can read the complete newspaper article here on the Elkhart Truth website. Thanks very much to the terrific person who clipped it and sent it to me in the mail.

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