A group of Newark cops and emergency responders got some valuable tips on how to reach out to deaf and hearing-challenged residents.

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NEWARK, NJ — A group of Newark cops and emergency responders learned some ways to reach out to deaf and hearing-challenged residents at a community workshop last weekend.

During a workshop at the Newark Public Library, members of the Newark Police Department and other first responders in the area got some tips on American Sign Language, which will give them a helpful hand bridging potential communication gaps.

The event was sponsored by His Hands Ministry of Chosen Generation Ministries and Deaf Advocacy of Newark.

Emergency responders who can use sign language have proven to be valuable assets, such as the Port Authority’s Dana Fuller, who is nationally certified in American Sign Language with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf Inc.

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