By Razonda Munyaradzi, Staff Interpreter
There are so many Deaf people who are very talented. You are one of them! Many of these individuals, like you, are mainly known in your own communities. You have so much to offer to the world! We need to do what we can to encourage one another to pass on the rich abilities and history only you can share!
It is almost like a situation in a class, church or workplace where there are a few people who are well known for their capabilities. However, there are so many more people who are also there who have skills that none of the rest of us have or know that they possess. When we get to know and motivate people to share their special knowledge (such as knowing signs in a different language like Mexican Sign Language), then not only do we develop an appreciation of the person who can teach it, but then others will also benefit from learning this skill! You might have become familiar with tri-lingual hearing interpreters (who speak ASL, Spanish and English). Well there are tri-lingual Deaf interpreters as well (who know ASL, Spanish or Hmong, and English)!
There are Deaf business owners, travel agents, artists, seamstresses, book writers, cooks, bakers, photographers, educators, doctors, dentists, lawyers, government officials, etc. who have come a long way in their experience only to see the impact on their immediate community, when they could impress and inspire the world! We cannot just let them go down in history without celebrating them the whole way through!
This means you are invited to share YOUR skill, wisdom and abilities with our community and beyond. We welcome young and old. We might be surprised to find so much more talent where we overlooked it before, shame on us. What will it take to draw you out? Would you like to participate in a talent show? Do you prefer to contact us and let us know where you can help our community? What is it that you have that you would like to pass on to others so that it will continue to preserve ASL, Deaf Culture and all that makes you YOU?
We’d love to have a “forever” party for you! (Replace the “o” in “forever” with the shape of a heart and you will see how much we truly cherish you and all you do!)