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These stories tell us of struggle, tears, joy, and triumph. Together, we can make a better future.

Bernard Bragg

Bernard Bragg

It was either get wet in the rain or go back stage. Two different roads. Guess which road I took?

Igor Djenge and Shaheem Sanchez

Igor Djenge & Shaheem Sanchez

Through trial and error of living here with a dream, you must develop a thick skin.

Janette Duran

Janette Duran

I thought my brother and I were the only Deaf people in the world.

Karla Gutierrez

Karla Gutierrez

My parents were our only motivation. We didn't want to go through the same thing they did.

Ian Guzman and Omar Guzman

Ian Guzman & Omar Guzman

Mom would always caution us to be careful. We realized we were supposed to live our lives in fear.

Nancy Hlibok Amann

Nancy Hlibok Amann

Despite my hearing high school years being amazing, it was very lonely. No deaf kid deserves that.

Justin Jackerson

Justin Jackerson

When I arrived in LA, I thought opportunities would be given.

CJ Jones

CJ Jones

The struggle has nothing to do with talent.

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

They wrote "that deaf Marlee Matlin" will never work in Hollywood, ever again. And I said, no way.

Lauren Maucere and John Maucere

Lauren Maucere & John Maucere

Home is in the Deaf community, it doesn't matter where.

Erlinda Miller and Carolyn Gomez

Erlinda Miller & Carolyn Gomez

I see many students deprived of language. With ASL, they flourish.

Isidore Niyongabo

Isidore Niyongabo

The number one dream for refugees is to find that place called HOME.

Mian Shabbir and Maria Shabbir

Mian Shabbir & Maria Shabbir

We had no language. The whys and hows of life, we couldn't ask.

Christina Somo and Hadel Somo

Christina Somo & Hadel Somo

I felt embarrassed of my Deaf identity.

Shoshannah Stern and Josh Feldman

Shoshannah Stern & Josh Feldman

Your bad days are really your best days.