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Elizabeth Willoughby's Fundraiser:

I Mind The Gap

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BENEFITING: COMITE INTERNATIONAL DES SPORTS DES SOURDS INC

EVENT DATE: Mar 01, 2011

HOURS PLEDGED: 20

Elizabeth Willoughby

THE STORY:

A young deaf man from Ontario, Canada, Cameron Sikora, plans to ride his bike across Europe in the spring of 2011. His goal is to bring awareness about the deaf to the hearing world. Although hearing people are fascinated watching the deaf sign, not knowing a sign language naturally creates a mental barrier in attempting to communicate with the deaf. Fortunately, this barrier is exaggerated. Unfortunately, few realize it.

The reality is that communicating with the deaf is fairly easy, but this lack of awareness has far reaching repercussions. In the working world, potential employers cannot envision how a deaf person could manage in his employ. In the world of sports, a deaf youth showing potential is unlikely to get noticed by a scout since he is unlikely to be playing on a hearing team.

By cycling through various European countries where he will not be able to rely on his English or American Sign Language (each country has its own sign language just as each has its own spoken language/s), Cameron hopes to demonstrate that communication is about more than words in order to close the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds, particularly in professional sports, and to bring some attention to the deaf communities as he cycles through them.

I would like to raise money simply to help cover the expenses of his estimated two-month tour through Europe next spring. If you know any deaf person, then you already know how easy communication can be. I hope you might help Cameron to get this message out to the hearing world, and to help close the gap.

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