Hello, I’m Karla Gutierrez.
If you’re wondering how you can help the Deaf communities in Puerto Rico and Mexico, both of which are struggling with disasters, then we have a great opportunity for you!
We reached out to someone who has an idea!
LEAH: My name is Leah and I’m working with Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of Metro DC LDHHAMDC to host an ASL Poetry and Silent Art Auction in Eastern Market, DC. We decided to do a fundraiser because we wanted to do something to help the deaf community impacted by hurricanes and earthquakes in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
Leah is teaming up with the Latino Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association of Metro DC (LDHHAMDC) in hosting the fundraiser event this Friday, in Washington DC.
There will be ASL Poetry and Silent Art Auction held at the Eastern Market.
LEAH: LDHHAMDC is a local Latino organization in DC. International Deaf Emergency is a nonprofit aid organization and they have past experience helping the deaf community in Haiti after the earthquake. Off the Grid Mission is a nonprofit run by Angela Maria Nardolillo and she is Puerto Rican and has connections to help the deaf community. We hope to bring supplies to help and also establish programs to help better communicate important information and help the deaf community recover in the many months ahead.
Here is a fact: Deaf people and other people with disabilities are more likely than hearing people to die during disasters. Leah and the organizations are seizing the opportunity to help.
So, how can you help?
LEAH: First, you can come and watch cultural performances of ASL poetry and buy art! Tell others about this event. 100% of money raised will go directly to deaf/disability survivors, through deaf organizations. This is deaf community led. Spreading awareness is important. If you know of a deaf person in the U.S. who is worried about family or friends, or deaf survivors, please encourage them to share their stories to help raise awareness of this serious situation.
We wish you the best of luck, Leah!