Dating for the deaf
Thirty years ago, as an eighth-grade teacher, Schipani began learning what she calls a basic form of sign language to better reach students with intellectual disabilities. You sign the concept, not the spoken word,” Schipani said.
When a child with deaf parents invited her to a Mass at which the priest and participants used ASL, Schipani joined them to worship and practice her signing. “For instance, the signs for running as in jogging, or for your nose is running, or for a run in your stocking are all different.
“Religious Signs for Families” is one of the first apps to focus solely on religious terminology, giving visual interpretations to concepts such as prayer, blessing, and praise.
“When parents go to community programs to learn sign, they are not learning religious signing,” said Schipani, 62.
That is the case in religious signs.” Through the years, she has come to understand the challenges in communicating religious language to children who are deaf.
In families for whom faith is important, spirituality is so ingrained in their everyday life that is passed on by incidental learning, Schipani said.
For some reason they always feel the need to announce the fact they are off for a number one or two. Trying and failing to sneakily mis-interpret your teacher at parent’s evening The teacher’s negative report about me never quite got conveyed at parent’s evening. I think it has more to do with minimising the amount of time standing about with one hand out of action holding a flimsy plate.
Kristin E, Holmes is a general assignment reporter in the suburbs. She has covered police, courts, religion, municipal government, and obituaries. Then Pomroy came upon a teacher, one who could show her and her grandchildren that the sign for Jesus Christ is a finger alternately tapping the palm of the opposite hand, in reference to the crucifixion; that a clap followed by hands and fingers spinning in the air is “alleluia”; that palms together with a twisting motion means “peace.” Until she met Sister Kathleen Schipani four years ago, “I didn’t have a way to communicate religion and faith” to the children, said Pomroy, of Croydon.With the app, Schipani aims to help families adapt.To develop it, she turned to CANCAN Productions, based in Oxford, Chester County.They began working on the app more than two years ago.Schipani put together a focus group made up of deaf parents, some of them literacy specialists, to brainstorm.
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Schipani said she hopes it will be the first of several developed by her office, which serves about 900 households in the archdiocese.