Rogan Shannon – The International Deaf Community

February 06, 2017All, Vlog

Hello! My name is Rogan Shannon, and I am a Deaf YouTuber. Before I tell you my sign name, I’m going to switch to Auslan. [IN AUSLAN] I want to tell people who sign Auslan and NZSL that I know what my sign name means in your language. But that’s not why. Back to ASL. [IN ASL] My sign name is Rogan. Like “lost/lose” but with only one hand. Moving on. My YouTube channel is a mixture of travel videos, projects – art projects, and some educational videos. 

For the past month, I’ve been doing a series for Deaf Awareness Month, and today I thought I’d talk about something closely related to that. If you didn’t know, recently it was International Week of the Deaf. I only recently became involved and really invested in the international community because I studied abroad in Denmark for nine months at a program called Frontrunners. During my time there, I was exposed to so many different new signs, new ways of signing concepts, and had a lot of discussions on how to sign specific words. That was a really great experience. This is how I know Auslan, I spent two months in Australia. One huge benefit of being involved with the international Deaf community is that you get exposed to so many other new sign languages, and learn them, or at least learn how to understand them!

As an American, it saddens me that so many people here are so clueless about international happenings. People outside of the States are so aware of what’s going on here – mostly because of the big elections coming up, but that’s beside the point. People here are so ignorant of what’s going on outside of our borders. I personally would really encourage Americans to become more involved with and interact more with the international community, especially since the States has so much influence on the world. When you’re part of the international Deaf community, you get to do so many amazing things. You meet so many new people, people who have completely different ways of life.

You learn a lot just from traveling. You learn about other countries and what the Deaf communities are like there, what accessibility’s like there. Some countries are actually ahead of the States, some are way behind, and some are ahead in certain areas, but behind in others. There’s a lot of variety. There’s so much to learn, and you can’t really do that if you stay in one country all the time. I want you to comment below what you want to learn about the most. It can be a language, a culture, whatever. Before closing, I want to say thank you to Ai-Media for inviting me to make a video for them. If you want to see more of me, my YouTube channel will be linked somewhere, I don’t know where. And I’ll see you next time!

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