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Purple Communications Invites Greater San Ramon Community to Celebrate Ms. Ella Mae Lentz, Finalist in 'Dream Bigger' Initiative
Date:8/19/2009

ilblazer 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.

Ella Mae Lentz is one of the nation's strongest advocates for ASL and the concept of Deafhood as well as an accomplished poet. She has co-authored numerous books on ASL and is an avid believer and advocate for equal status for those communicating in ASL. In her early years as a poet, her poems would be written in English and then translated to ASL. As Lentz dove deeper into the linguistics of poetry, she began applying these concepts to develop ASL poetry. ASL poetry mirrors her concept of Deafhood, embracing an identity that recognizes and celebrates the inherent value of Deaf people and respect for ASL.

"We are proud to honor Ms. Lentz and her passion for promoting Deafhood," 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. We invite the local community to join us in celebrating Ms. Lentz's unwavering commitment to promoting and advocating for ASL."

Lentz would go on to help found the Deafhood Foundation with the same focus on emphasizing the importance of Deafhood. "We've not reached equality yet, and we n
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