I have been star struck by two stars within 2 weeks! :) I will begin with writing about just one of them. (I will continue on the next blog entry) I attended an keynote speech event at UCF(University of Central Florida) located in Orlando Florida, Marlee Matlin! Marlee is an actress for 'Switched At Birth' as "Melody". (http://beta.abcfamily.go.com/shows/switched-at-births ) She is also known for her role in Children of a Lesser God. Her speech was the most inspiring and educational I have ever heard. Marlee Matlin put so much positive impacts on the deafness independence, living as an deaf individual herself and emphasizing that the deaf can do anything! That is extraordinarily true. Marlee Matlin has been my idol ever since I was at an young age and have learned so much from her that had helped me become who I am today. Not only her that Marlee Matlin is my idol but there are several people I admired as well that played huge part of my successes because I believed in myself. I am highly grateful that Marlee Matlin stepped in as an amazing role model to the deaf community. I do believe that from the time her movie 'Children Of Lesser God' was produced it has changed so many lives and turning around deaf's view on their life. We are getting so many more role models ever since and still coming around. World has became a better place along with technology and people attitudes toward deafness. It still has not completely met the satisfactory level at the deaf community's expectations . We are not done improving the world for peace and equality! Lets work together to make it happen! Lastly, Marlee made my night by complimenting on my Deaf Insight shirt I wore at her event! :)
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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