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The Universal Language Is In Our Minds

UC Berkeley linguistics lecturer Patrick Boudreault, who is deaf, explains that language is a fluid thing that’s not just spoken. It’s something universal that happens in our minds, whether it’s communicated with our hands or our voice.

The Pearls: Rosa Lee

Rosa Lee is a Deaf artist, known most recently for her solo performance work in The Rosa Lee Show and as co-founder of the word-of-hand magazine KISSFIST. For more information on KISSFIST Magazine, visit at

She guides deaf youth in art movement and drama throughout the country and prominently appears on various DVDs/VHS tapes as a sign model. (Be sure to stop by the Statue of Liberty in New York City and ask for ASL tour via video player. You’ll find her there!)

Currently, she spends most of her time with her newborn son and her husband in New England.

The Pearls: Claudia Gordon

Claudia Gordon, the first Black deaf female attorney in the U.S., has been an advocate for people with disabilities since high school. It was her desire to address societal barriers faced by people with disabilities that motivated her to pursue a legal education and career. Since graduating from law school and being admitted to the Maryland Bar, Claudia has conducted numerous empowerment and legal education outreach and training to communities and organizations in both the U.S. and St. Thomas USVI.

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