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Although people who are deaf clearly have a disadvantage compared to the population of people who can hear changes are being made in our society everyday to reduce that disadvantage in order to make the world more accessible for the deaf One such example comes from a Southern Baptist Church in Boulder Colorado An article published in the Daily Camera called Being Heard by Paul Aiken recognizes this church for their commitment in administering a monthly service for deaf people and their families This article also goes on to explain the relationships that are built between the deaf people in the church and those who can hear By integrating their service with both hearing and deaf people everyone feels they can worship together within the same walls This integration serves as a classic example of how sign language can act as a link between people who have distinctively different forms of communication Sign language is more than just a form of communication its a necessity for everyone who cannot communicate using the spoken language Not only is this church bridging the gap between deaf people and the knowledge of god it also serves as a bridge between everyone in this church Every Sunday this congregation is mixed with hearing and deaf people alike both come to this church to better their lives and learn about the word of god together There are around 15 interpreters present each Sunday to make sure that everyone who attends will be able to see and better understand what the minister is preaching These interpreters serve as mediators between the communication between deaf people and those within the church by becoming a crutch between them The church has also set up a private interpreter-training program so that anyone who wants to learn to better communicate using sign language has the chance to learn in this program Emily Conklin who attends the Southern Baptist Church regularly and is also
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