Toronto mosque uses ASL to adapt religious classes

05/25/2010 | Toronto Star, The

An Islamic mosque in downtown Toronto is helping Muslims with hearing impairments study their religion using American Sign Language. An advocacy group for Muslims with disabilities organized the classes in part to help improve social connections among the area's Muslims who are hearing impaired. Many of the students, who already speak Pakistani Sign Language, Arabic Sign Language or Turkish Sign Language, are learning to spell out words such as "Mecca" and "Mohammed" that do not exist in ASL.

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