Hello, I was born Deaf in Los Angeles, CA. My biological mother contracted Rubella during her first trimester of pregnancy with me. When she gave me up for adoption, she had no idea what I would be like. I was adopted at two (2) months old. During my formulative years, I went through daily speech therapy where I learned to voice words and lip-read well while attending John Tracy Clinic. My parents were adamant that I was to learn to speak and lip-read. I was mainstreamed in school without an interpreter throughout my elementary, junior and high school. It was not easy but I became an expert in lip-reading during my young years!
I knew sign language growing up when I went to a special school for pre-school toddlers and other school age. When my parents found out I was learning sign language instead of speaking, they
took me out of the school and enrolled me into a hearing school. I was very upset at the time being taken out of my culture and language but had no control over their decision. In the years to come, I had neighbors who were Deaf living next door so I was able to maintain my signing skills until high school when I was rebelling! Who doesn’t rebel?? Once I graduated from high school, I went straight to the workforce working with variety of companies utilizing my skills. In 1987, I decided to follow my dreams and travel. I have traveled extensively around the world, while continuing to be an advocate for the Deaf. In 1997, I settled in Orlando, FL. I used to work for Walt Disney World where I was continually called upon to interpret for Deaf guests, employees and to enhance management seminars by teaching Deaf Culture.
In 2003, Deaf Talk, LLC opened its doors providing disability awareness workshops, sign language classes and mentoring. In 2008, I expanded the business by adding professional development as well as interpreting services offering top quality interpreting services to the Deaf. In 2008, I graduated from college all while working full time and working towards developing and growing a business.
In 2010, I left the Company to focus on another dream. I started focusing on Deaf Talk LLC Interpreting Services full time where I provide interpreting services, mentoring, sign language classes and provide resources to the Deaf and Hearing community.
Today, Deaf Talk, LLC is a minority/women owned business enterprise (M/WBE) certified by several organizations. I currently travel providing workshops educating Deaf and Hearing people about working with Interpreters and their rights while providing them with quality sign language interpreters.
I previously served as a Board of Directors for Florida Regional Interpreters for the Deaf (FRID) from 2009 – 2011 and Board of Director with NAWBO (National Association Women Business Owners).
To learn more about Deaf Talk, LLC, I encourage you to check out our interactive website at www.deaftalkllc.com or become a fan of our Facebook page to learn and be educated at www.facebook.com/deaftalk
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