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Purple Communications(TM) Launches Dream Bigger Initiative Celebrating the Stories, Culture, and Heritage of America's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
Date:6/3/2009

s. Each of these leaders is a trailblazer in their own right and we're honored to serve as a conduit for their stories of perseverance and success."

Meet the Trailblazers

As part of their selection, each Trailblazer was awarded a $1,000 cash prize from Purple Communications to be a paid as a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice and in their name as a way of paving the road for the next generation of trailblazers in the Deaf Community.

Purple Communications will announce the 2009 Trailblazer of the Year who was voted for by the Deaf Community and who best represents the essence of the Dream Bigger initiative at the Dream Bigger Gala in October 2009 in Washington, D.C. The recipient of the Trailblazer of the Year award will receive $10,000 to be donated in their name, to their non-profit organization of choice, as well as an all-expenses-paid vacation.

The Purple 2009 Trailblazers and Trailblazer of the Year nominees include:

  • Howard A. Rosenblum, a Deaf civil rights attorney with Equip for Equality in Chicago, IL, strives for equal access for Deaf people and people with disabilities in everyday life, primarily in Illinois but also across the US. He founded the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, a non-profit that seeks to make the legal and judicial systems accessible to thousands of Deaf people across the Midwest.
  • Dr. Carolyn Stern, a family physician and lecturer in Rochester, NY, has spent her life treating and educating deaf patients on health issues, training interpreters for interpreting in medical settings, educating other doctors, hospitals, and allied healthcare professionals on accessibility, and ensuring that national continuing medical education programs are accessible for deaf people.
  • Tayler Mayer, a technology luminary and entrepreneur in Southern Califo
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