Jeffrey and his wife, Karen
Jeffrey Swartz became deaf earlier this year, and has been documenting his experiences, both good and bad, on his blog, World of Silence. In addition to his own blog, he recently began writing a guest column on Deaf-Insight every Tuesday. He's all over the Internet! It's hard to keep up with him sometimes. He's got a heart of gold and is very interested in helping others. Read his short story of being open about his deafness in person for the first time:
"Buying my first "I love ASL" t-shirt was a really cool experience. I went to the mall where you can create any type of logo on a t-shirt for $10. I wasn't sure if I wanted to tell everyone about my blog, be sentimental and put a picture of my family on one, or start getting the word out that I am deaf and proud to be learning ASL.
In the process of creating the "I Love ASL" t-shirt, I was able to share my sudden deafness with the manager and co-workers and teach them some simple ASL signs.
This week I am wearing my t-shirt loud and proud."