Last week, I went to a school meeting. They felt an uncertainty for having a deaf student in their facial specialty classes because I was their first deaf student. They were somewhat cooperative with meeting my needs but there was just one setback, they asked me if I could lipread and if I could do some of the classes without an interpreter. Of course, I protested and raised my rights to have an interpreter at my request that meet my needs not theirs! They asked me so many questions even asking if I could complete the jobs on my own. Their concerns show negativity that it may not be possible. I proved to them that I KNOW I can do the job and that it won't be a problem! They had some hesitation, but I ensured them that I am sure I will be challenged but that doesn't mean I am incapable of doing it.
They will be experiencing their first deaf student in their class, me. I am very excited to share this experience with my school and show them that deaf can do anything! I always have had confidence in myself and determination to develop success for myself to have a better future. There is no such thing as impossible ventures as an deaf individual if you set a positive attitude toward your dreams that you wish to be successful with for yourself. I have grown up being the best I can be for myself and never once thought I couldn't do anything that I strive to do. I have had job positions as a lifeguard (which I was the first deaf lifeguard in that county), pizza delivery driver, swimming team coach, girls scout leader, motivational speaker for high schools and many more. I'm currently an editor and a blogger with my cousin who's the founder for Deaf Insight am going to school, and am a single mom. I am very proud of all my accomplishments that I have made in my life. I am still not done. I was always encouraged that I can do anything and built confidence in myself. I began to believe in myself more and more as the years have gone by. I'm about to make another accomplishment in my life. I'm going to school to be an aesthetician. I have a dream of opening my own day spa business one day! Failure is not an option for me! You can accomplish anything no matter what people say or how impossible they can seem to be!
*You can do anything!*
Life of a Deaf Socialite
Hi, My name is Ann Marie. I was born on May 3, 1975. I was raised in Indiana. I attended Indiana School For The Deaf from 1979 to 1989. I have grown