CDS addresses the need for high level training and resources which are adapted to the specific requirements of Deaf translators by:
Offering training taught in sign language that is tailored to the unique culture and learning style characteristic of Deaf learners, emphasizing visual access to information, group discussion, and interactive learning opportunities with instructors and fellow students
- Equipping students with a visual picture of the land, artifacts, culture, fauna and flora of the Bible
- Creating resources that address the unique questions raised by sign language Bible translation
- Developing biblical Hebrew courses that utilize a methodology appropriate for Deaf students, allowing them to comprehend the written Hebrew source text through visual signs and images
- Establishing a sign language translation research center to assist consultants in investigating specific exegetical and visual questions that arise from the work of translation teams
As part of the Institute for Biblical Languages & Translation, CDS is particularly well-equipped to achieve these objectives due to its location in the land of the Bible. The biblical geography and historical sites as well as the plethora of museums and archaeological displays, provide an ideal environment for visual learning of the Bible. The location in Israel also provides a Hebrew immersion environment, including contact with Deaf teachers and users of Hebrew as a living language.