Black teenager publishes book to address the lack of representation in Deaf community

Khyiana Tate is a high school senior who is deaf. She grew up signing with friends, but she rarely saw someone who looked like herself in sign language books.

11 March 2022 Friday 10:42
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Black teenager publishes book to address the lack of representation in Deaf community

It's crucial! "It's crucial that Black and Brown people feel represented in their lives," Tate, who was Black, stated to CBS News. It makes you feel bad if you don't see your self."

She published "Signing with Khy", a book that she used photos of her closest friends to help teach American Sign Language.

She said that the experience was "easy". It can be difficult, even though some people believe it is.

Khadija Hicks Tate's mother said that Tate, who loves dancing and is learning to drive, is showing her mother she is capable of achieving anything. Hicks said that her daughter will be more determined if she is under-reported.

Tate intends to publish more books, and wants to bridge that gap between Deaf- and hearing communities.

She said, "I'm here to be living proof that I can teach other people, I can learn, and I can become an educator." "I'm not below a hearing person or any other person. I'm just like everyone else."


 

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