Rochester, NY is home of the largest deaf and hard of hearing community per capita in the nation, nearly 90,000 strong. These are men and women who do not see being deaf as a disability, but as a gift, for they are as proud of their accomplishments as a community as any other community is proud of theirs. As they should be.
I would like to thank our friend, Tate DeCaro for this video of John Albertini reading the Christmas carol while Pat Graybill so beautifully translates in American Sign Language. This was recorded at the DeCaro Christmas party in 2011.
I encourage all who do not speak ASL to find a class within your community. By not knowing American Sign Language (in the United States) we are isolating ourselves from those who could change our lives, and our perspectives on our lives. We could be missing out on great friends, and we could be missing out on an amazing and beautiful culture.