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Mark Mavel

Marcus ASL 3

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Hello everyone,

I am hearing and I am learning ASL in college as a foreign language. I am  Digital Storytelling Major with minors in IT and Art. I'm very interested in developing technology to improve the deaf culture but have found a lot of resistance from the deaf community because I'm hearing. I am learning to navigate the world of deaf culture while using my talents in digital media to create content that could engage them. I am taking the final ASL 3 class in college and graduate in May. I work full time and love gaming. I'm 28 and work as a supervisor at a company that sells local internet. Looking forward to getting to know new people and practice my signing more!

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