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Interview with Victoria Monroe

By Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, Deaf Ecosystem, Deaf Role Models, DeafBlind, Identity, Information, Professional Spotlight

From CORE:

“On October 28, 2020, Jayvon Harmon and Shaila Sams, Unity for Diversity members, interviewed Victorica Monroe. The chemistry between Jayvon, Shaila, and Victorica was powerful. The camaraderie between them authenticated their beautiful existence as Black folxs. Their questions nourished the much-needed answers about being Black, Deaf-Blind, and Androgynous, which is why we must honor every facet of our students’ intersecting backgrounds…”

Learn more about the interview to gain insight on the importance of community, and gain insight into life as Black, Deaf-Blind, and Androgynous folxs.

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Deaf West Theatre

By Deaf Ecosystem, Organizations, Professional Spotlight

Committed to innovation, collaboration and training, DWT is the artistic bridge between the deaf and hearing worlds.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1991, Deaf West Theatre engages artists and audiences in unparalleled theater experiences inspired by Deaf culture and the expressive power of sign language, weaving ASL with spoken English to create a seamless ballet of movement and voice.

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Deaf Poets Society

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Douglas Ridloff is a poet and visual storyteller creating original works in American Sign Language. And in support of signing, his goal is to make ASL a part of the whole community, not just a part of a marginalized community. Douglas wants to make signing hip and significant.

Douglas Ridloff is the owner, executive director and host of ASL SLAM (www.aslslam.com) a monthly open mic event in NYC that functions as a space for the Deaf community to creatively play with ASL through poetry performances, improv, games and storytelling, often bringing special guests from around the world to perform. As a widely popular platform, ASL SLAM has now been established as a monthly event in Washington DC, Chicago and Orlando with Douglas’s oversight and guidance. Recently, Douglas has organized performances at the Whitney Museum, the Jewish Museum, SITE Santa Fe and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, and has traveled to perform his own poetry and to bring ASL SLAM to Deaf communities around the world, including Jamaica, Cuba, Finland, England, Sweden and Australia.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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