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Apologetics Press :: Reason & Revelation
November 1997 - 17[11]:88

Video Study Course for the Deaf
by Bert Thompson, Ph.D. and Wayne Jackson, M.A.

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From the inception of our work in 1979, it was one of our goals to produce materials in the fields of Christian apologetics and Christian evidences that could be used effectively and profitably by the “man on the street.” We discovered early on, however, that this phrase encompassed a wide range of people. It includes adults, teenagers, and small children. It includes some folks with a good deal of formal education, and some with significantly less. It includes Christians and non-Christians. And, it even includes those who can hear but cannot see, as well as those who can see but cannot hear.

As the years passed, slowly but surely we set about the task of producing items that could be used by each of these diverse groups. In January 1981, we announced the availability of Reason & Revelation, our monthly journal on Christian evidences for adults. In January 1989, we began producing Reason & Revelation on audio tape for the sight-impaired (and have continued to do so until the present—see the “Note from the Editors” in the February 1997 issue of Reason & Revelation for a description of this service). In January 1990, we introduced Discovery, our monthly magazine on Scripture and science for kids. Around the same time, we heralded the arrival of a video Study Course in Christian Evidences. Shortly thereafter, we were successful in getting seven of the most relevant titles in our Tract Series translated into Russian for use in the former Soviet Union. We feel we have made significant progress in meeting our goal to produce materials for the “man on the street”—whoever he (or she) may be.

But we have not been content to rest on our laurels. And now we are pleased to announce the availability of a new product for the deaf. Working with the good folks at World Video Bible School (a work we recommended in this space last July), we have produced our popular video Study Course in Christian Evidences in an American Sign Language (ASL) format. Using a translator fluent in ASL, the oral text on each of the videos was “signed” so that those unable to hear the audio portion can view the tapes while watching the translator. The man doing the signing occupies the largest portion of the television screen, while the actual speaker on the tapes (Bert Thompson) can be seen in one of the lower corners. Thus, viewers can see the speaker, but “hear” the translator. It makes for quite a successful blending of the two media.

The tapes are professionally produced, and the signing is meticulously accurate. Cost for the 5-tape ASL set is the same as our regular videos: $80 (which includes a copy of the book by the same name that we co-authored as a supplement to the videos). There are 13-lessons, each of which is 38-minutes in length. The written lessons have questions that accompany each chapter. If you know someone who could profit from these new ASL videos, please bring them to their attention, won’t you? If we can help, call on us.



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