As we head into November, many people begin to prepare for the holiday season. Every year I attempt to take my mind off the burdens and stress of the holiday season through “giving.” Thank goodness for all things Social Media, I organize gathering hearing aid and implant batteries for the needy. The internet has afforded me the opportunity to reach out to those in need through online support groups for the hearing impaired/deaf and Facebook chats focused on hearing loss and deafness. Through my work online, as well as with Audiologists in NYC, I have received a wonderful response to my request for batteries, which has allowed me to accept more individuals in need to apply for the batteries. I plan to mail out all the batteries on November 27th. What does all of this have to do with GivingTuesday?
A wonderful idea came to be with the thought of Americans giving thanks on Thanksgiving, of people waking up at an ungodly hour to wait online for sales on Black Friday, to sitting on the couch, glued to our laptops, waiting for the deals to appear on Cyber Monday, a day of “giving” was born. Giving Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, is not just about donating money, it’s about teaching your children how to give without taking something in return. A time to pause and look at the world around us and ask ourselves, what do I WANT TO DO, to make this a better place for someone else? A time to work with your favorite cause. A time to help your children understand causes and talk about how they can be part of it. Giving Tuesday is a collection of not for profit agencies from around the world. Its mission statement is as follows: ” #GivingTuesday™ is a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season. It celebrates and encourages charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations.” http://givingtuesday.org/
As an Ambassador to GivingTuesday, it was my job to spread the word and have people recognize within themselves, the notion, to give back. I also decided, after seeing the list of dynamite partners that joined up to help create GivingTuesday, that what was missing for me personally, were organizations that would bring attention to hearing loss and deafness. Every partner in GivingTuesday is absolutely worth looking at and thats why I asked Collaborative Communication Access via Captioning (aka: CCAC) to become a partner of GivingTuesday. CCAC believes in “INCLUSION and ACCESSIBILITY,” for the hearing impaired and deaf/Deaf population, as well as captioning being a tool for Literacy. We hope one day, to put CCAC out of business and when that day comes, it will mean we succeeded in obtaining universal captioning for all. To get more information about CCAC, check out their partnership with GivingTuesday at http://tinyurl.com/9bsaqt4 as well a CCAC’s website at: http://ccacaptioning.org/ccac-advocacy/ As a hearing impaired professional woman, universal captioning means I am included and I am able to be part of it all. Being “able” rather than “disabled” is very important to the 42 million Americans with hearing loss and myself. Help CCAC on November 27th by writing your Congressman/woman or get involved directly with CCAC. Find out how by checking out their website. And don’t forget, on November 27th, give of yourself and feel the difference.
“The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” –Ethyl Percy Andrus