Campaign Celebrates Stories, Culture, and Heritage and Accomplishments of America's Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community
ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Celebrating the stories, culture and heritage of America's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community, Purple Communications(TM), Inc. (Nasdaq: PRPL) will honor Rochester resident, Carolyn Stern, M.D. family physician and deaf spokesperson in the medical field, as part of Purple(R)'s 2009 Dream Bigger campaign.
Community members are encouraged to join in the celebration on June 28, 2009 at the Marriott Rochester Airport, 1890 West Ridge Road in Rochester, NY. The event will feature former Miss Deaf America, Lauren Teruel Ridloff, as emcee of the festivities, which include an onstage interview with Dr. Stern and 'Q&A' session from 6:45 pm to 9:00 pm, EDT. Purple will also host onsite workshops earlier that day, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, which include topics on local number registration and a product demo on its P3 optimized Purple Netbook.
The Dream Bigger campaign recognizes trailblazers in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community and aims to celebrate the advances they have made. Whether it has been the breaking down of barriers or establishing new status quos, these Trailblazers have improved the overall quality-of-life for all members of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community. Dr. Carolyn Stern, along with nine other visionaries in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community, have been chosen as one of this year's finalists. Each finalist was awarded a $1,000 cash prize from Purple Communications to be donated 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 and Hard-of-Hearing Community. Dr. Stern selected Deaf Heal as the recipient of her $1,000 cash prize.
"Dr. Stern's commitment to equality, for both patients and professionals, within her field is exceptional. We are proud to honor her unwavering dedication to her practice," said Brandon Arthur, Vice President of Marketing Communications of Purple Communications. "The Dream Bigger campaign is all about recognizing community visionaries who have the tenacity to fulfill personal dreams and lead the way for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people everywhere to pursue theirs. Purple has always focused on creating cutting-edge technology services that make communication more convenient for its customers."
Dr. Stern received her MD in 1990, the same year the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) passed. She helped pave the way for medical professionals who would follow in her footsteps, benefitting from the accessibility for which she fought. As Dr. Stern continued through medical school, residency training, and then again after graduation, it became clear that she would need to become a trailblazer for communication access as well. She led the fight for accessible continuing medical education, ongoing classes doctors are required to pass to keep their licenses current.
In addition to her tireless advocacy efforts, Dr. Stern is also the CEO and co-founder of DeafDoc.org, a website that covers health care issues using American Sign Language (ASL) as well as captions. Dr. Stern recollects: "On my first day as a medical student, I was one of about 150 in my class, and our instructor told us 'maybe half of you will graduate' and I told myself that I would be part of that half. I am grateful to be recognized for my contributions in the medical field and as a member of the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Community."
In October 2009, Purple Communications will announce the 2009 Trailblazer of the Year, one of the ten finalists, at the Dream Bigger Gala in Washington, D.C. The selected individual will be chosen by online voting at www.purple.us/dreambigger. The person selected will best represent the essence of the Dream Bigger initiative, and 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.
To learn more about the Dream Bigger campaign, find out dates and locations for all events, view and read Trailblazer stories, and vote for the 2009 Trailblazer of the Year, visit www.purple.us/dreambigger. Also, be sure to follow the Dream Bigger campaign on Twitter - www.twitter.com/idreambigger and Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Purple-Communications/42541479161.
About Purple Communications
Purple Communications is a leading provider of onsite interpreting services, video relay and text relay services, and video remote interpreting, offering a wide array of options designed to meet the varied communication needs of its customers. The Company's vision is to enable free-flowing communication between people, inclusive of differences in abilities, languages, or locations. For more information on the Company or its services, visit www.purple.us or contact Purple Communications directly by voice at 415-408-2300, by Internet relay by visiting www.i711.com or www.ip-relay.com, or by video phone by connecting to hovrs.tv.
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