Multicultural Awareness… not a new concept for the Deaf.

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Multicultural Deaf have been around for a long-long time!
Take the example of Erastus “Deaf” Smith
Erastus “Deaf” Smith
“El Sordo”

Born in New York, Erastus moved to Texas, there he soon learned the nature and customs of the Mexican settlers, and easily made friends among both his American and his Mexican neighbors. He soon married a Mexican widow named Guadalupe Ruiz Duran and raised 4 children.
The ability to move between the Anglo and Hispanic cultures allowed Erastus “Deaf” Smith to be a guide, scout and spy for the Texas army.
Today we see those same two cultures, Anglo-American and Hispanic, strongly identified in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities. But they are not alone. America is made up of many cultures and so are the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities.
It is with great respect for each culture that in recent years, interpeters, learning from such examples as Erastus, are emerging as mulitcultural mediators, not only between the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Hearing Cultures but also the numerous cultures that are intertwined within each of those cultures.
Companies like ASL Services and Gracias VRS salute the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities for their forward thinking, and are proud to carry on the tradtion and support of multicultrualism.

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