Blitz Spotlight: Deaf Refugee Advocacy

We contacted Diana Pryntz, Robert Tawney and Marta Tawney, co-founders of Deaf Refugee Advocacy (DRA), to learn more about how the organization started and what they do. To summarize, DRA is a Rochester-based organization that helps Deaf refugees learn English, ASL, culture, and assimilate into the community while staying true. . . + Read More

Blitz Spotlight: SLB Founder, Chris Morrison

Read this post to learn about Sign Language Blitz founder, Christopher Morrison!   What made you want to start Sign Language Blitz? There are three big reasons why I started Sign Language Blitz.   First and foremost I want to give back.  Sign Language Blitz [allows me to use] my. . . + Read More

How to Be Deaf Friendly at Work

Chances are, if you work in service, you’ve had a Deaf customer.  If you don’t sign, the language barrier could leave you wondering how to connect. ASL in Customer Service Working with the public is about communication.  That’s why Ugly Duck Coffee in Rochester, NY, hosted an ASL crash course. . . + Read More

Blitz Spotlight: Personal Trainer Janna Luksha

What does being a fitness professional in the Deaf community look like?  We linked up with certified personal trainer Janna Luksha to find out. In essence, what services do you offer? “I train at Max Effort Training and the Eastside YMCA and offer 1-on-1, small group personal training, and classes.”. . . + Read More

Blitz Spotlight: Photographer Ceasar Jones

Today we are spotlighting Cesar Jones, a Rochester, New York entrepreneur with photography businesses who happens to be Deaf. Cesar can you tell us about a little about yourself? Hi there, I’m photographer based in Rochester, New York. As a child, I had an interest in traditional art. After being. . . + Read More

What is ASL?

American Sign Language (ASL) is a visual language that uses the face, hands, and body. Signed languages, like spoken ones, are not universal. ASL is used in the United States, but there are many others worldwide, including BSL (British Sign Language) and LSE (Spanish Sign Language). Instead of telling, American. . . + Read More