Total loan: $8,500


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Brooklyn, NY, United States / Services

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A loan helped Hire American Sign Language interpreters to provide language access to Deaf Community.

Angel's story

I am passionate about OpenReady LLC because I can imagine other Deaf parents who have no one to turn to for public interaction support. My parents, contact me if they needed assistance, whether it is hospital appointments or papers to be read. I'd want to provide the same opportunity to other Deaf parents. I grew up in a low-income minority neighborhood with limited resources, my Deaf parents have succeeded in raising me while facilitating communication means throughout life. Because I needed to communicate with my parents, I learned American Sign Language as my primary language. As a CODA, Child of Deaf Adults, I've always found it challenging for my parents to facilitate communication with the general public. My parents would take me as a child to act as an interpreter. Throughout their lives, my parents would experience linguistic obstacles regularly. I've witnessed the linguistic barrier on multiple occasions. My Deaf father always encouraged me to serve the public, finally to develop a link between the police and the Deaf community. With a background in law enforcement, working as a policeman for New York City, I was able to assist in bridging the gap. The company's future goals want to allow a lot of opportunities for the Deaf community by utilizing technology. This will enhance their confidence in public encounters and limit linguistic barriers.