FACES BEHIND THE SCREEN

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Accessibility Stories from the Community

  
Four people signing out the letters "LOVE" in ASL

#SignYourLove

This Valentine’s Day, join 3Play Media and Faces Behind the Screen to #SignYourLove. It’s simple! You’ll need to learn three words in American Sign Language: “I” “love” and a word of your choice. You can use resources like SigningSavvy or Handspeak. Then take a video, and post it to social media using the #SignYourLove between February 14th and 22nd. Be sure to tag us @facesbehindthescreen if you’re using Facebook or Instagram and @faces_screen if you’re using Twitter. And remember, nominate AT LEAST three other friends to participate!

Cecilia James

“There are parents of d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing children who are unaware of the tools that are accessible to them which makes it more difficult for a parent and child to be able to communicate. It’s very important for parents and siblings to learn sign language if their deaf child uses it as their primary means of communication. The key thing for parents to remember is their child’s happiness, which means overcoming the communication barrier and preventing their child from being isolated. A communication gap between hearing parents and deaf children has been known to harm both familial relations and academic progress.”

Aarron Loggins

“In the mainstream, you don’t have enough of the programs for the deaf or hard of hearing – it’s limited. When I go to Gallaudet, my life changed from there – my sign language, my identity – everything changed and I could build more confidence inside. I was involved with a lot of activities, and I graduated from Gallaudet with my bachelor’s degree in theater arts. I was the first male in my family who graduated from university.”

Kerry Thompson

“When I’m sitting on the train, people look at me– give me these glances. I feel a lot of people pity me, or they’re confused. So that I, unfortunately, experience discrimination at work, too. When I’m going outside, when I’m dancing even– there’s no place to hide from discrimination. It’s always out there, but I’m always trying to do my best to educate people and to lead by example. And I’m really trying. You know, I really want to try my best to give people a different perspective.”

 

 

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About Faces Behind the Screen

Inspired by the popular photo-interview project Humans of New York, we launched FBTS at the beginning of 2017 to spread awareness about web accessibility. Through photos and interviews, we have been able to share many unique stories that give everyday people a face, a voice, and an opportunity to share their story and perspective.

Our aim is to simply connect the world with these stories, offer a new perspective, hopefully, shatter common stigmas and preconceived notions, and remind everyone that the world wide web, including websites, apps, and other digital interfaces, needs to be accessible for everyone – including people with disabilities.

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