Deaf Answers Conference

to Nov 10

Williamstown, KY

Answers Center - Ark Encounter

On the 10th anniversary of Deaf Day, we’re expanding to a Deaf-led Conference at the new Answers Center at the Ark Encounter!

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What's Included?

Visiting the Ark and Museum

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Interpreters provided at the Creation Museum on Friday and Sunday, November 8 & 10.

Interpreters provided at the Ark Encounter during long conference break on Saturday, November 9.

Deaf Pastors and Missionaries—Enjoy fellowship and training just for Deaf pastors and missionaries, included with conference registration. The first session is on Friday morning, before the conference begins, and the second session is Saturday morning. Sign up for both!

Interpreters and hearing people with a heart for Deaf ministry—we have sessions for you too! Interpreters can earn up to .8 CEU’s, beginning with a pre-conference workshop on Thursday from 6-9 pm.

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Official Conference Hotel

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Richwood/Cincinnati South

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Online registration has closed. Please see below for information on registering at the door.


Free Admission to Creation Museum and Ark Encounter

Free Parking

Event Cost

Price: $99


1 Ark Encounter Dr.
Williamstown, KY 41097

Annual Pass Options

Save money and see both the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum with our annual passes, conference ticket is included!

Adult Annual Pass $149 Family Annual Pass $499
Combo Admission
Free Parking
One Free Conference
Daily Activities

Single Adult and Family Annual Passes include the following:

  • Admission to Ark Encounter and Creation Museum for one year.
  • Includes daily presentations and other activities with the exception of certain ticketed events.
  • One free ticketed conference during the year for any annual combo pass holder.
  • Unlimited free “In and Out” parking at both sites for one vehicle.

Family Annual Passes also include:

  • Family annual combo passes include immediate family members (parent/legal guardian) and their dependent children 18 and under.


Thursday November 7
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bill Ross, CI/CT
First Church of Christ, Burlington, KY
ASL Only
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Ethics & Justice in a Fragmented World: Principles for Interpreters

Bill Ross, ASL; Thursday, November 7th, 6:00 - 9:00 pm.

Interpreters often face expectations that are daunting. Sometimes the least difficult task is the work of interpreting from one language into another. This workshop will address Biblical Justice in the Deaf and interpreting communities, and how this principle is lived out on a daily basis. Biblical Justice will be defined and the participants will be equipped (via scenarios) with necessary information to make and defend valid decisions. Elements of the interpreting profession will be discussed and how the interpreting profession intersects with those commonalities, such as language, mutual respect, trust and Faith. Consideration will be given to human rights and the Code of Professional Conduct in light of Biblical Justice. Thus enabling the interpreter to embrace Biblical Justice and demonstrate professionalism, impartiality and equity within the Deaf community.


Friday November 8
9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Calvin Farley & Bodie Hodge,
Creation Museum
Deaf Pastors' & Missionaries' Breakfast, Fellowship & Training-Defending the Bible
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Creation Museum
Interpreters Available
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Mark Sorenson,
Answers Center
ASL Bible Impact
ASL-voice Interpreted
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Break - Expo Open
7:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Movie by Deaf Missions
Answers Center
ASL Only
7:15 - 9:15 p.m.
Chad Entinger and Renca Dunn
Breakout Area
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Interpreter Tips, Resources & Stories

Chad Entinger & Renca Dunn; Friday, November 8th, 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

In our DIY and Social Media world, lists and tips are everywhere. During this time, the board and staff of Deaf Missions will share resources and best practices in this rapid fire workshop of do’s, do not’s, favorites, challenges and more. Participants will laugh and learn as they hear tips on everything from interpreting music to funerals, receive lists of websites and vlogs, and hear stories of successes and fails.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Participants will leave knowing new resources to use and refer to others. They will take handouts home with resources listed for them. They will be asked to mark the one they think will be most beneficial.
  2. Participants will share one tip with others in their group that they will use when they go home.
  3. Participants will exchange their favorite resources (shared or not shared during the workshop) with others in their group.

Recommended level of participant’s prior knowledge of topic:
Little/none, some and extensive.

9:30 - 9:45 p.m.
Expo closes; Last Shuttle to Parking Lot


Saturday November 9
7:45 - 8:45 a.m.
Ryan Sim, DBS Deaf Church Rep
Breakout Area
Deaf Pastors' & Missionaries' Breakfast, Fellowship & Training
ASL Only
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Daniel Pfaff, Colin Analco
Answers Center
Deaf Kids Bible Story
ASL Only
9:00 a.m. - Noon
Bill Ross
Breakout Area
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.
Dwight Rogers, Jason Suhr
Answers Center
ASL Bible Encounter Live
ASL Only
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Break, Expo Open
11:00 a.m. - Noon
Jason Suhr
Answers Center
Scripture Engagement Training
ASL Only
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
2:00 -2:45 p.m.
Paco & April Garcia
Answers Center
God is Faithful
ASL Only
2:00 -2:45 p.m.
Samantha Roe
Breakout Area
CODA's Living for Christ
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Calvin Farley
Answers Center
Do Aliens Exist?
ASL Only
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Matthew Belwood
Breakout Area
Doing Deaf Ministry Right
4:00 - 4:15 p.m.
4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Deaf Missions, DOOR, Deaf Harbor
Answers Center
ASL Story Time
ASL Only
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Answers Center
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Visit the Ark Encounter (after hours)
Interpreters Available
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Interpreting Like Deaf People Talk

Bill Ross, English; Saturday, November 9th, 9:00 a.m. - Noon

This workshop will address features that naturally occur in American Sign Language that may not be present in the language of second language learners. The goal of our interpreting is to use language that is readily understood by our consumers. In light of this, we must strive to adapt our interpretations and language usage so that it resembles that of native and natural users of the language. If we wish for our interpretation to be accessible to Deaf consumers, ASL features such as non-manual markers, use of space, classifiers, ASL structure/grammar, expansion techniques, along with other features, must be incorporated into our interpretation. This workshop will introduce various features with suggestions on incorporating such features into our work and language; either expansion techniques or cohesive devices. [This workshop provides participants an opportunity to practice incorporating 1-3 expansion techniques or entry level cohesive devices into their language.]


Sunday November 10
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Answers Center
Deaf-led Worship Service
ASL Only
Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Creation Museum
Interpreters Available 12-5
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Creation Museum
Deaf Kids Program
ASL Only


The "ASL only" sessions will not be voice interpreted. Please notify us in your registration form if you require CART captioning. The "ASL" sessions may be voice interpreted if needed. Please notify us as soon as possible if you do not know ASL and want to attend these sessions.

Deaf Answers Conference FAQ’s

Q: Will there be a Deaf Day?
A: Interpreters will be provided at the Creation Museum on Friday, November 8, from 12-5, and Sunday, November 10 from 12-5, and at the Ark Encounter Saturday, November 9 after our regular hours, from 6-9 p.m. With the regular conference registration, you will be able to go to each attraction for one day, so you can choose Friday or Sunday at the Creation Museum, whichever is more convenient for you.

Q: How do I register for the conference?
A: You can register online or by calling 800-721-2298.

Q: Will I have to pay for parking?
A: In and out parking privileges at the Ark Encounter throughout the conference are included with your conference registration. You will also get free parking for the day you visit the Creation Museum.

Q: Will we receive registration confirmation through the mail?
A: You should receive an email confirmation of your registration. If you like, you may print that and bring it with you to check in, but it is not necessary. Just give your first and last name and you will receive your lanyard/name badge and gift bag.

Q: Will we receive Ark and Museum tickets through the mail?
A: No. You will not receive anything through postal mail. Beginning November 4, if you have registered, you may pick up your attraction tickets at the ticket booth at either Ark Encounter or Creation Museum.

Q: Can we register at the door?
A: Yes, as long as the event is not sold out, you can register at the door after 5 pm on November 8th in the Answers Center at the Ark Encounter. However, in order to receive the event shirt and meal as part of your registration, you need to register by October 15th.

Q: Will we be able to get our Ark/ Museum passes before the conference if we have not registered yet?
A: No. You will need to register at the door and then you will be able to get your passes at the ticket windows.

Q: When does registration close?
A: Pre-registration will close Friday, November 1, 2019.

Q: Where do I go when arrive at the Ark?
A: From the parking lot make your way to the ticket booth area. Look for the Deaf Answers Conference sign. At that point you will receive a black wrist band which will allow you to get on the bus that takes you a mile back to the Ark and Answers Center. Go in the Answers Center Auditorium and there you will either check in or register at the door.

Q: What is the closest airport to the Ark Encounter/Answers Center?
A: The Greater Cincinnati/N. KY Airport (CVG), located about 10 minutes from the Creation Museum and 45 minutes from Ark Encounter.

Q: Is there a shuttle from the airport to the Museum or the Ark?
A: No, there is no transportation provided from the airport. Some hotels may provide transportation to the Creation Museum, but you will need to check with your particular hotel. There is no transportation provided to the Ark Encounter and you will need to rent a car if you are flying in for the conference.

Q: Does registration for the conference include meals?
A: One meal is included—dinner on Saturday evening. You are on your own for all other meals. There is a food court in Answers Center and Emzara’s Buffet (a favorite of many) is next to the Ark. There may also be other food vendors available.

Q: Will there be CART captioning at the conference?
A: When you preregister, you will be asked if you need CART captioning or other accessibility services. If requested by October 15th, we will provide CART captioning. There is not a guarantee of CART captioning if registering after October 15th. Please contact us with questions and we will do whatever we can to serve you!

Q: Will there be anything for kids?
A: There will be two different programs for Deaf children—one on Saturday at the Answers Center, and one on Sunday at the Creation Museum. Also, we do have special prices for children and youth added to adult registration. Children (ages 5-12) will be $12, and youth (ages 13-17) will be $20.

Q: What if I need to cancel?
A: If you cancel before November 1, you will be refunded your registration amount, minus a $25 registration fee. There will be no refunds issued after November 1.

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