Deaf Talk Show Host
Angela Lynn is a Deaf, American Television Talk Show Host, motivational speaker, and educator. She is the host and a producer on the Angela Lynn Show, a new and exciting talk show based in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Angela Lynn was born in Des Moines, Iowa. At six months old, she began life with a silent struggle. She contracted a cold that progressively became worse and was accompanied by an extremely high fever. After numerous visits to her pediatrician and ultimately to the hospital, her fever was brought under control, but she was left with permanent damage causing a sensorineural hearing loss. She had a good life growing up even though she faced challenges from time to time. No matter what, she continued to do her best in life facing many amazing experiences.
Angela Lynn went to mainstreamed schools (attended classes with other non-deaf students with interpreting supports) and lived with a well-educated hearing family. She loved to learn and took her education seriously. As a result, she garnered a BA in Education from the world-renown Gallaudet University and an MA in Deafness Rehabilitation from the prestigious New York University (NYU).
While Angela Lynn came from a family that was quite independent and traveled extensively around the world to Africa, Asia, Europe and Australia for business and pleasure, they initially were overprotective when it came to Angela Lynn’s independence. She was their first child and they worried that her deafness would put her at risk. Later, they realized that Angela Lynn was quite independent and capable of doing many things on her own with a minimum of help from her family. Like everybody else in life, Angela Lynn had her highs and lows on her journey. Even today, she is grateful for the wonderful support of her family, especially her mother who has supported her every step of the way.
She has accomplished a lot and her dreams are not over. She aspires to become an influencer for good like Oprah Winfrey on an International level and become a role model for young people. She is even entertaining the idea of one day becoming a Deaf actress in a Hollywood movie. In addition to all of those things, she loves the concept of giving back to the community.
Two of Angela Lynn’s favorite quotes that motivate her dreams are: “One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, one life can change the world.” and “Be the change you want to see”.
Talk Show Host
After much internal debate, Angela Lynn decided to follow her dream of becoming a Deaf talk show host. She is proud to have a positive and uplifting show, “The Angela Lynn Show”. It is an internationally diverse television talk show and the first of its kind with a Deaf, female host. We live in the age of awareness when it comes to “Diversity” and “Inclusion”, and it is her team’s goal to create a compelling and entertaining television show for the Deaf and also for people who can hear. By focusing on the similarities that we all share and highlighting the accomplishments of influential people such as: motivational speakers, chefs, comedians, actors, and entertainers, the show helps to EDUCATE, INSPIRE and MOTIVATE their viewers to follow their dreams. Angela Lynn’s exceptional perspective; and insights stem from national and international travel that has connected her with people from around the world.
The show brings cultural awareness, perspective, and entertainment to Deaf, hard of hearing viewers and viewers without hearing loss. She has gone the extra mile to make sure her show is available to everyone. It is broadcast in sign language, with closed captions and voiceovers. For that reason, she has been called The Voice of Inclusion.
Her first show was released shortly before the Coronavirus Pandemic outbreak. The pandemic slowed things down, but it has not derailed Angela Lynn. She, like so many others in the entertainment industry, have been patiently waiting for the pandemic to be resolved so she can resume broadcasting her amazing show! She is looking for grants to help facilitate the relaunch. Watch her first show HERE
International countries sign language
According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are roughly 72 million deaf people in the world. Over 80 percent of them live in developing countries. More than 300 sign languages exist throughout the world. Sign language is a visual way to communicate using hand signals, gestures, facial expressions and body language. There is no such thing as a unique sign language in the world. Similar to spoken language, sign languages have developed naturally through different groups of people interacting with each other. International Sign Language is the visual language of communication.
Angela Lynn loves International Spoken Language and Sign Language. International Sign Language is truly fascinating when she meets people that don’t speak entirely in American Sign Language. She’s a little bit rusty because she doesn’t use it often but loves using International Sign Language and gets better every time she uses it. She hopes to master International Sign Language in order to communicate with Deaf people from different countries who do not know American Sign Language. Once again, no universal sign language exists. Angela Lynn is familiar with a number of international sign languages: Malaysian Sign Language, French Sign Language and Arabic Sign Language. She is familiar with the spoken and written languages in French, Malay, Spanish, and Arabic.
Differences between sign languages in each country
Every country’s sign language differs depending on their culture and dialect. Different sign languages are used in different countries or regions as the international spoken language. Angela Lynn has observed that some countries are embracing American Sign Language functionality in their sign language.
Interestingly, most countries with the same spoken language may not have the same sign language as others. For example: There are three different sign languages in English: American Sign Language (ASL), British Sign Language (BSL) and Australian Sign Language (Auslan).
Sign languages in different accents
Sign languages are natural languages which have the same linguistic properties as spoken languages. They have evolved over the years in the various deaf communities throughout the world. Again, each country has its own sign language, and the regions have dialects, similar to the many languages spoken worldwide. If you were to travel to another state and have an opportunity to sign with a person who knows American Sign Language, you may notice that s/he will use some signs differently than you. These signs are known as “regional” signs, and you may think that they are equivalent to an “accent”. This does not mean that people in your state sign inappropriately. It’s just a natural variation of American Sign Language, and such regional signs add flavor to your understanding of American Sign Language in the same way as tones do to a spoken language.
People easily teach themselves sign language
Many of the individual signs are fairly easy to learn. Like any spoken language, American Sign Language is a language that has its own grammar and syntax rules. To learn enough signs for basic communication and sign them comfortably, it can take approximately 6 months to a year or longer. Everybody learns sign language in their own way. If you are patient, you will be able to learn the language. The reward for learning sign language is worth the effort! Often times, people fail to realize that signing has many advantages over spoken languages.
Basic things one should first learn in order to communicate with someone who is deaf
There are several ways to better communicate with a deaf person. Angela Lynn’s extraordinary insights include:
- Stand in front of a deaf person. Make eye contact and keep the conversation going with gesture communication.
- Use your body language and gestures – Deaf people do it all the time.
- Keep your distance so you can improve lip reading and body language.
- Take turns. Give each other a chance to respond
- Repeat and re-phrase, if necessary
- If you don’t understand, write on paper, or use a computer to communicate more effectively.
Angela Lynn’s internship in Malaysia
When she enrolled at Gallaudet University, she decided that she wanted to teach deaf children. Angela Lynn wanted to follow in the steps of her mother and become a teacher.
Her mother was a role model for her, and after Angela Lynn travelled to Malaysia to support Gallaudet’s Summer English Program, she really enjoyed working with the children so much, she returned the following year for her second internship. When Angela Lynn started, the hearing teachers said they didn’t think Deaf students could learn English. Angela Lynn did not appreciate their input and she continued to teach English to Deaf students throughout the summer. They were very successful at learning English. The more Angela Lynn got to know them, the more the Deaf children really inspired her to be a better person and teacher. While she enjoyed the teaching side of her experience, she was disappointed to see signs of audism. Teachers did not value the brilliance of the Deaf students. The students, however, were so hungry and eager to have more literacy and education. The teachers did allow us to experiment with sign language. At the end of the summer program, the teachers improved more by using sign language than using the oral teaching methods. Sign language improved the ability of teachers and Deaf students to learn at a faster pace. By using sign language, the Deaf students were given a visual language that could be understood, not spoken. One of the most rewarding parts on her second visit was the hearing teachers. They wanted to work with her because they were inspired when they saw how she taught the Deaf in sign language (actually teaching). At the end of it all, audism was not in the picture. The teachers felt inspired and wanted to follow the example of a teacher like Angela Lynn. The positive results were that Deaf students were learning English/Malay and teachers were teaching in sign language, not using the oral method. It brought a lot of tears of joy to Angela Lynn knowing it was an accomplished mission.
Being a Deaf international globetrotter has been a big passion for Angela Lynn’s entire life. When she started out in high school in Phoenix, Arizona, her first destination was Hawaii with her family. She really appreciated her initial travel experience. During her college years, Angela Lynn fell in love by travelling to various countries; Egypt, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, Europe, Barbados, and the Bahamas, etc. During all those travels, she has never had any barriers when it came to communication. Why? Because, she always let people know that she was Deaf, and it worked out smoothly. She usually communicated with paper and pen, through text messages, Google over the phone or by using informal gestural communication. Angela Lynn continues to have positive experiences at all destinations she visits, even while taking cruises. Based on her experience, the best thing to do before you leave home, is to do your homework! There’s so much travel-friendly information available before you go to the actual destinations. Angela Lynn always researches for communication access in advance to make her travels successful. If you want things to go smoothly, you must prepare. She continues to have a never-ending gratitude for the experience and growth that comes with the ability to travel around the world. Her dream destination is to go to Dubai.
What personal accomplishments
Angela Lynn has experienced many personal accomplishments in her life that she is proud of.
Her first personal achievement was when she became the first person in her entire family to graduate from College with a B.A. Degree. She wasn’t the first Deaf person, but the first person to graduate from college in her family. That was an exciting moment!
Angela Lynn’s second accomplishment was when she attended New York University (NYU) for her MA degree. This is especially meaningful because it almost didn’t happen. One week after arriving at NYU in September 2001, the World Trade Centre was attacked. New York and the entire Nation was shaken. It would have been easy to leave, and many said that Angela Lynn would have been justified to leave, but she stayed true to her plan. Living in New York City at that time was difficult at first, but in 2003, Angela Lynn graduated with her family and friends gathered around her. It was a terrific experience for her! Four weeks later, the Helen Keller National Center contacted her regarding a job working with Deaf-Blind People. Angela Lynn is grateful to the Helen Keller National Center for giving her such insight and experience on a national level.
Employment Challenges for people who are deaf
Angela Lynn believes there is work to be done when it comes to employment for many people who are Deaf. One thing that stands out is access to communication. The ability to communicate freely and clearly peer to peer and employee to employer is imperative to workplace success. Often times, Deaf employees do not have communication access for the simplest conversations or tasks because they may be the only one who speaks their language (sign language) at work. That is problematic because it leaves room for conflict, mistakes, and misunderstanding.
On the other hand, a positive example of communication access that got Angela Lynn’s attention was Amazon when they started providing ADA support to Deaf workers with access to communication. While it is not 100% perfect, it is a step in the right direction. Many Deaf workers at Amazon are receiving communication due to ADA. If other businesses copy the concept of what Amazon is trying to do, then there won’t be any communication challenges for Deaf individuals in the workplace.
Angela’s advice about the best way to communicate with someone who does not know sign language
Angela Lynn is an extremely interpersonal individual. She always finds a way to communicate with a person who is unfamiliar with sign language. She believes the best way to communicate with someone who does not know sign language is by facing the individual face to face and speak slowly and deliberately with gestures. Repeat and re-phrase what you say and never hesitate to write things down.
The best part about her is that she can read lips about 99% and she voices with simple words with clear formulation that helps them understand what she is saying. Keep checking Angela Lynn’s website for her new sign language class! By popular demand she has agreed to create some classes that are informative and entertaining in 2022.
Technology she currently uses
Angela Lynn is very blessed with technology to communicate with hearing, hard of hearing, Deaf blind, and Deaf people through her wonderful phone that she can’t live without, E-mail systems, Google Live Transcribe app, video chat platforms, video relay platforms, online chat platforms, and chat platforms.
Angela’s hobbies and interests
To be honest, Angela Lynn has yet to figure out a single hobby. If doing something that gives her immense pleasure is the definition of a ‘hobby’, she would be happy to say that Angela Lynn has many. Her hobby is to try various activities. She is an open book and likes to try out lots of different things. The history of her life is rather an adventurous lifestyle. Otherwise, Angela Lynn is an ambivalent person.
She is especially interested in: Being an international TV host like Oprah Winfrey and continuing her travels around the world. In college she was honored to be cast in a Rom-Com, and she would like to one day become an actress in Hollywood.
Some of the changes she will like to see implemented the world over for people who are deaf to make their lives easier
Angela Lynn continues to believe that often the media presents genuine representations of the Deaf community and its members. Unfortunately, there is an under representation of Deaf people of color in the media; in the news, on television, in movies and on Broadway. Sadly, the true percentage of Deaf people of color in the TV/media world is exceptionally low; it is about 2% in the diversity and inclusion category. Angela Lynn would like to see those numbers change to a more acceptable level. By eliminating language barriers, media outlets will allow society to see Deaf people of color as they truly are, a beautiful, intricate, and complex community that has its own culture, perspectives, and customs, just like any other community. Angela Lynn’s passion is to uplift, educate and inspire people all over the world.
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