Bible translation website for sign languages of Spain
A Bible translation project for sign languages of Spain launched its website, "La Biblia" in December 2009: www.biblialselsc.org.
Spanish Sign Language (LSE) is used by over 100,000 people. Catalan Sign Language (LSC), used by 18,000 in the Deaf community in Catalonia, is appreciably different. Bible translation is progressing in both languages.
Translated portions are being released, not as videos, but in animated form on DVDs and now on the new website.
Steve Parkhurst, a member of the translation team, writes, “At the moment we have all of the Christmas story (Luke 1,2 and Matthew 1,2) that we published earlier in the two sign languages in Spain—LSE and LSC—now on the website. Those signed passages will also be downloadable in two forms—one form suitable for mobile phones and another in MP4-PDA format, which should work on most i-pods, smart phones, etc.”
In the future the team hopes to have some translation training videos and texts available on the site for use by the team of Deaf people involved in the translation.