My hearing loss was progressive as I was growing up, yet sufficiently gradual that I was able to learn three verbal languages. Despite the fact that I am now DeafDisabled, I am most thankful that I had the chance to grow up and distinguish myself as an oral communicator prior to the loss of my hearing. I believe that my situation is somewhat unique, providing me with an excellent platform to make important contributions to the field of Strategic Communication with a special focus on the DeafDisabled community. I look forward to contributing to the diversity of your program as a Jewish/Spanish woman who speaks, reads, and writes Spanish (intermediate) as well as Hebrew (fluent). The Masters of Strategic Communication Program at XXXX University is my first choice for graduate school because I see your program as the perfect location for me to be able to continue making my maximum contribution as a multiethnic, multilingual advocate for the advancement of communication strategies for the DeafDisabled.
Now 37, perhaps my highest professional honor so far has been receiving the Circle of Excellence Award for a training curriculum that I developed which is still in use by AIMCO until today. I learned ASL at the age of 25, when I first discovered that my hearing was not “normal.” As I was growing up, I had also been diagnosed with ADHD, dysgraphia, and given years of therapy for a speech impediment. Many of the challenges that I faced were misdiagnosed, as my gradual loss of hearing had numerous negative results on my ability to learn and communicate, particularly before I even knew myself what the central problem was. Yet, I have never been a quitter, and I earned my Bachelor of Science in Deaf Studies and Human Services in December of 2014; after first earning my Certificate of Completion in Deaf Studies at Phoenix College in 2011. I am currently working towards my Certificate for Childcare in Maryland. I am also proud of my record of service as a volunteer and my devotion to public service, especially on behalf of the underserved and, most of all now, victims of hearing loss. I was the first student in my synagogue to collect donations of toiletry items for the residents of a local homeless shelter, in lieu of donating flowers for my Bat Mitzvah. I have been an active member of several humanitarian organizations since I was in middle school, building homes with Habitat for Humanity, helping to plan and organize fundraising events for several other organizations as well as doing humanitarian promotions on social media and developing marketing plans for these same organizations. I have long been engaged in HIV prevention as well as working to prevent domestic violence and care for the victims of sexual assault. I am also now an accomplished grant proposal writer on behalf of deaf populations.
My central long-term goal after completing my Masters and gaining additional experience, would be to found, design, and operate my own communications and marketing agency geared towards the needs of DeafDisabled people like myself and young people with hearing loss and educational issues. My fondest dream is that of helping to establish new programs in Strategic Communications in universities where they do not yet exist, especially those institutions that are seen as the top programs for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. I look forward to devoting the balance of my professional life to service at the forefront of our movement for more equity, inclusion, and the development of further innovation in the field of Strategic Communications. I thank you for considering my application to Strategic Communication at XXXXUniversity.