Today’s guest blogger is my friend, Deaf Girl Amy Sargent. My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Amy and her husband earlier this year in Rochester, New York. She has a heart of gold, and a passion to help others. Be sure to click on her links. All her videos are captioned for the deaf and hard of hearing.
I want to thank Joyce for allowing me some space on her blog to showcase my fundraising efforts. My name is Amy Sargent. A lot of people simply know me by Deaf Girl Amy. I wrote a book about a year ago called “A Survival Guide for New Deafies!”, which was written specifically for people who have a late onset hearing loss and for their family & friends.
A little history, I lost my hearing at age 27 and my life plummeted to the pits of hell. My career in live television was over. I was discriminated against for a non-live position in television based on my inability to hear. My family didn’t respond well in the early days of my new deafness and my world was just a living hell. I grew depressed and angry for my lot in life. I was lost with no guidance to help me acclimate to being a deafie. I lived in the cesspool of negativity for about five years. I do not want anyone to endure what I have.
So fast forward 17 years, life is great. I am confident and comfortable with being a deaf girl. I have been blessed through the publication of my book, I have had some opportunities to really uplift and help people through book chats and seminars (the fun kind).
This is the premise of my crowd funding efforts. I have been invited to speak to many informal clubs across the United States and abroad. But I they don’t have the funds for my travel expenses. The chats will be free to attendees and I am not going to be receiving a speaking fee either. The funds will be used strictly to cover traveling expenses. I have two components to this campaign. Two-thirds of the funds raised are for travel and the one-third is for the expense of developing an app that anyone with a hearing loss can share what that sounds like with family, friends and co-workers.
I have started a Video Trailer & Editing Service to support my goals www.DeafGirlAmyTrailers.com
I am trying to do everything I can to make this a reality. So I can help others and prevent people from having to endure the suffering caused by late onset hearing loss.
I am not asking anyone to support me for nothing. All contributions have a perk attached to the level of support. For example, contribute $10 and you will receive a free ebook. The perks increase in value as the contribution increases. I need 3000 people to contribute $10 each to reach my goal. More would be fantastic. Exceeding my goal would be beyond amazing and that would allow me to travel to more venues and help more people. You can learn more and view my campaign video here.
Thanks again to Joyce for sharing the space and helping me get the word out. Also, I am not above a lil’ bribery. If you contribute to the campaign, you can help pick a locale for a chat. Thank you so much for reading this and I hope you can help. Be blessed. 😀
You can follow Amy on Twitter @DeafGirlAmy
Thank you, Amy, for all you are doing for others. God bless your heart of gold.