What’s it like to be a young Deaf college student at a Deaf university? Gallaudet isn’t just a school – it’s the center of the American Deaf community. Here’s why there’s so much more to being Deaf than you think.
Brenna DeBartolo, the Deaf Founder of Forest Souls, runs a socially conscious apparel company that supports the environment by planting new trees and restore forests through Forest Souls customers’ purchases.
Stories create who we are and define how we understand our shared humanity. Melissa Malzkuhn speaks on her work championing literacy in the deaf community, her family history with storytelling, and gives an introduction to American Sign Language.
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!
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.
Gary Clark is the first Deaf professional freestyle BMXer in history. He has over 200 freestyle tricks. And he’s 52 years and still riding, still at it!
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