6486-905-Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association

The Deaf of Asia and the Pacific desperately need a Bible in their own language. Since the early 1990s, Japan and Australia have been working on translating the Bible into their Sign Languages (SLs). In 2011, Asia Pacific Sign Language Development Association (APSDA) was born with charter members representing work in 12 countries.



Japan, Eastern Asia

The Problem
APSDA is owned and led by Deaf people themselves. This fledgling group has immense potential but no operating funds.

Our Vision
We need an organization that will connect projects, share expertise, develop translation consultants, inspire new startups, and even send people to start spreading the word where no Deaf churches even exist yet.

Our Strategy
This project seeks to find people with the vision to support an organization that supports, enables, and empowers startups and ongoing translation projects. APSDA, as a Deaf-led organization with broad representation across Asia, is uniquely positioned to do just that.

Things Needed for Success
Annual Board Meeting and accompanying capacity-building best practices workshop: $27,000
Translation consulting and production of translation training materials: $25,000
Attending conferences for both staff development and Deaf presence in the wider Bible translation community: $15,500
Staff salary and operating expenses: $32,500