Hello, Mr. Cook.
I am thrilled to be sending you what may be your first ever letter in American Sign Language.
Last week (08/13/2019), I had a historic and memorable visit to your Apple store to observe the training of our K through 12 teachers related to their bilingualism curriculum. It was remarkable to
see 22 deaf employees, along with interpreters, and the bilingual communication happening there.
This was an unprecedented opportunity for us, our community, for
Apple, and for Gallaudet. Gallaudet made an investment decision to purchase iPads for all of our K through 12 students on the recommendation of our teachers and staff. This was after various technological options were assessed to decide the best fit for bilingual learning. We selected your iPads.
The combination of the impact of our decision to adopt your technology, along with Apple’s corporate commitment to accessibility and diversity and hiring people with skills is simply unmatched.
We are thrilled to see this partnership grow with your store. We are thrilled to see the impact of your commitment to accessibility and
hiring diverse people, including our students and our alumni who work at your store.
The impact we are making collectively on the future lives of deaf children, and indeed, on deaf and hard of hearing people all over the world is just phenomenal.
I look forward to continuing our collaboration in fostering economic
growth in our communities and in the signing ecosystem.
Thank you and congratulations.
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