Deaf Role Models

Why is a Deaf Mentor important?

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Deaf children are often born to hearing parents who have little or no understanding of Deaf culture, American Sign Language (ASL), or the challenges faced by Deaf children. A Deaf mentor can be a wonderful resource, both for the family of a Deaf child, and the Deaf child him/herself.
A Deaf mentor can share their own experiences with the family, and can provide a reassuring role model for the Deaf child. The family will be able to come to their mentor with their questions or worries, and the mentor can serve as a constant resource and source of information throughout the Deaf child’s developmental milestones. Through their relationship with, and knowledge gained from the Deaf mentor, the family will become empowered to better provide for the needs of their child.
A Deaf mentor can also provide the family with the perfect opportunity to learn, and practice their newly acquired ASL skills!

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 ( 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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Ivy’s Journey

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Hi my name is ivy. See my shirt? I’m transgender. I was born a boy changed to a girl since age two but I came out as a girl at age five. The reason I’m wearing this shirt because we are tired of hiding our true identity and afraid of going to bathroom with someone…. Will they picking on me? Bullying me? Well, I don’t know. That’s why we need your support transgender kids like me. There’s high percent young transgender suicide themselves because of not acceptance, the society itself and etc. that’s all. I love you all.

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