Minority communities often suffer at the hands of the majority; at best, they face ignorance, and at worst, they face cruelty. In this TEDx talk, Gallaudet University student Cheyenna Clearbrook, born Deaf, addresses the divide between the hearing and Deaf worlds and discusses how sign language acquisition can impact both communities in a meaningful way. Cheyenna Clearbrook is a college student who attends Gallaudet University, a school primarily for deaf and hard-of-hearing students located in Washington DC. She has a popular YouTube channel that she uses to change people’s perspectives on the deaf community. “I want to do something where I can expose the deaf community to the world,” Cheyenna says of her YouTube videos. “I felt that YouTube is such a great opportunity for the deaf community and I decided to do this for them. I have been doing YouTube about three years now and it inspires me more by doing this because it helps many people.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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