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Four people signing out the letters "LOVE" in ASL


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!

Aaron Pagan

“I’ve had a couple of interviews where I felt like I knocked the ball out of the park. But it’s always, “oh, we found a different – a better – we found a candidate more fitting.” It always leaves me the question, “Why am I not good enough?” I started to believe that at one point. But I know that if there’s no opportunity granted to me, I have to create the opportunities. And that is true for a lot of deaf people.”

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.”



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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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