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Deaf/Hard of Hearing Social Media Influencer Panel

Deaf - hard of hearing social media influencer panel sponsored by the Clemson ASL program and the ASL Club on October 29, 2020


Deaf/Hard of Hearing Social Media Influencer Panel

Thursday, October 29, 2020

07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom Webinar

Proudly sponsored by Clemson University's ASL Program & Clemson ASL Club

 

You are invited to the Zoom webinar. Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. All participants must register for the event by going to the link below:


To learn more about the ASL program and the ASL Club, please visit: Clemson ASL Program, Clemson ASL Club Facebook Page, and Clemson ASL Club Instagram Page.


The Moderator and the Panelists:

These influencers and the moderator have a subscriber/follower base over 1.1 million people and have compassed over 14.02 million likes.

Jason Hurdich

Jason Hudich, Moderator

Lecturer, American Sign Language, Clemson University

Blakelyn Larkin

Blakelyn Larkin, Panelist

Hello! My name is Blakelyn Larkin. I am 22 years old and I am Hard-of-Hearing! I was born Hearing, but at the age of three I became sick and the high fever damaged my hearing. I got hearing aids right after that with speech therapy too. I grew up not exposed to the Deaf world. I was in the Hearing world and even went to a mainstream school. Was not until I was 19 when I met my Deaf community. I finally understood my identity and felt proud of it. Now I am a sophomore in college to become a Deaf educator.  I also post videos on TikTok to educate others about the Deaf world. With TikTok, I was able to meet so many more Deaf and made friends with them! I am proud of who I am.

Justin Loncar

Justin Loncar, Panelist

My name is Justin Loncar from Northeast Ohio.  I was born hearing until I became Deaf at 2 years old with Waardenburg Syndrome.  I did not have a Cochlear Implant until I was 6 years old.  My father was Deaf and my mother is hearing, I am the only Deaf child in the family. I grew up attending to private speech therapy for years.  I am a Comedian/Social Media influencer; I enjoy sharing and making people laugh with my videos that have based on my experience as a Deaf person growing up in two worlds. 

Taylor Radford

Taylor Radford, Panelist

My name is Taylor Radford; I lived in Utah for 9 years of my life while my mom was a principal at Jean Massieu School for the Deaf and Blind (JMS). While living in Utah I mainstreamed and attended JMS at the same time. When I was 9 years old, we relocated to Tampa Bay Florida and stayed for 5 years. After that, we moved to Idaho and have been here for almost two years. Both of my parents are deaf, as am I so we are heavily involved in the Deaf community. My first language was ASL although I was mainstreamed for most of my life so I speak fairly well. I am 16, a junior in high school attending Idaho School for the Deaf & blind currently, where I hope to graduate and pursue teaching marketing and public relations at the high school level. I am currently unemployed although I am a social media influencer on a well-known platform, TikTok. On TikTok, I sign songs, teach ASL, and promote awareness for the Deaf community. All of my social media can be found by the username @taylor.jamiee including Snapchat, Instagram, as well as TikTok.

Andre Robinson

Andre Robinson, Panelist

The bio is in ASL and the link is: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?extid=0&v=892305414535583  

Erin Rosenfeld

Erin Rosenfeld, Panelist

Erin Rosenfeld is a hard of hearing, a 19-year-old activist who is passionate about advocating for equal access for the Deaf community. You can find interviews with her in Teen Vogue and CBS's Inside Edition! She is currently a second-year student at Northeastern University in Boston, where she majors in American Sign Language and Psychology. In the future, she hopes to be breaking barriers as a Deaf actress, sign interpreting for Broadway shows, or being a therapist with Deaf patients. When she is not signing or making TikToks spread awareness about the Deaf community, you can find her hanging out with her dogs. Erin is very grateful to Jason and Clemson for this wonderful opportunity! 

TikTok: @erin.syd     Instagram: @erin.sydney 
Amanda Spitalieri

Amanda Spitalieri, Panelist

My name is Amanda. I was born hearing but became sick with meningitis at 9 months old. I wore hearing aids until I was 8 years old. My hearing loss became worse, which led to having a cochlear implant. I have been implanted since I was 8 years old. I was in a Deaf class until I became mainstreamed in fourth grade. I graduated from Lacey Township High School in 2012. I attended Rochester Institute of Technology, then transferred to Stockton University, and then transferred to Rasmussen College to complete my Education degree. I am currently a teacher working with students with cognitive disabilities through an E-learning platform. In my own time, I enjoy creating things using my Cricut, spending time with my girl Ava and watching movies with my husband.