It Starts Hear
I created this campaign as my Senior Capstone Project at RIT, combining all the skills I learned while at school with a topic I was personally involved with and passionate about. RIT has a vast Deaf/HOH community and I was friends with several members of it. I learned ASL and Deaf Culture in order to better communicate with and understand my friends, and I wanted to share what I learned with the rest of the world.
In America, there are over 28 million people that are considered deaf or hard of hearing (HOH). Overwhelmingly, there is a huge lack of exposure of the Deaf/HOH community to the general public. Many people have never met a deaf or HOH person before, and if they have, they don’t know how to properly interact with them.
It Starts Hear will provide education, information, and some simple tools for hearing individuals and groups to foster and enhance communication with the deaf and hard of hearing.
Through this campaign, hearing people will feel more comfortable around the deaf; more willing to personally interact; and more confident in their ability to do so.