Iam Angela Lynn , a contributing writer providing Deaf Insights . I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my viewpoint on the world of Deaf / Hard of Hearing communities globally .
In each article it is my intent to give you , the reader , a chance to experience a diverse perspective of differently abled people at large . I believe you will be surprised to see the similarities and differences that exist in cultures with individuals who are Deaf , Deafblind , Hard of Hearing , and latened Deaf .
I want to take a moment to help clarify the " D " and the " d " when it comes to the word deaf . The two spellings serve two different roles in the Deaf and the Hearing community . When the Deaf community describes themselves with " uppercase D ," it is a cultural reference to the Deaf community . When the lowercase “ d ” is used , it is simply a reference to medical or audiological terms for hearing loss , regardless of severity .
My contributions to the magazine will be many , as I am a young professional minority woman ; my independence has afforded me the luxury of traveling and living in various cities around the world . In return , I have had exposure to many cultures , Deaf and otherwise ; these experiences lend credibility and interesting points of view for our readers .
In the July 2021 issue of Mélange , I was interviewed about my life as a Deaf minority TV host . When I began to write this introductory article about myself , I found it difficult and a little boring , and then I had a great idea ! I decided to be inclusive and gather questions and comments from others to find out what they wanted to know about me as a Deaf person .
I realize many hearing people don ' t always understand what a Deaf person ' s life is like , or what the experience of being Deaf is like . So , I reached out to my hearing and Deaf fans , and I asked them what they would like to know about me . I am honored that I received so many responses and it is my pleasure to answer them .