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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

rnia, founded the seminal deaf blog/vlog aggregator DeafRead.com and the online video community DeafVIDEO.TV. Mayer has spent much of his professional career seeking new ways to apply technology to connect the deaf community online while achieving entrepreneurial success.
  • Ashley Fiolek, a national champion motocross rider from St. Augustine, FL, is the only woman, and the only deaf person, ever to ride on a factory racing team. Seeking to be the fastest woman motocross rider in the world, Ashley is destroying stereotypes for the deaf community and women motocross riders everywhere she races.
  • Jeremias Valencia, founder of the Deaf Sports Academy in Riverside, CA, and a former pro-basketball player, pushes players to 'never give up on their dreams.' Valencia's Deaf Sports Academy provides accessible coaching and encouragement -- opening the world of sports and competition -- to more than 20 teams of kids, from preschool through grade 8.
  • Kevin Nolan, the nation's first born-Deaf person to be elected to public office, launched a political campaign near Boston, MA, that would unseat a seasoned political insider who had held the office for more than 20 years. Nolan's tenacity cleared the path to elected office for Deaf people everywhere.
  • Dr. MJ Bienvenu, educator, activist, and ASL advocate from Washington, DC, has spent a lifetime seeking bilingual education for deaf students. A nationally recognized 'ASL advocate,' she's tirelessly pursued government-recognized legitimacy of ASL, while teaching students the language's beauty and its central role in Deaf Culture.
  • Anita Buel, a community organizer from St. Paul, MN, survived a first, then a second bout with cancer, fighting along the way to make healthcare -- and cancer education -- more accessible to Deaf people. She co-founded 'Pink Deafi
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