Schley: Are you hearing or deaf?
Hood: I am hearing.
Schley: How did you get involved with the Deaf Community?
Hood: My first glimpse into the word of the Deaf was shown to me by my three Deaf cousins when I was very young. They introduced me to their language, American Sign Language and many different cultural things they used in their everyday life. In addition, throughout the years, my parents continued to put me into ASL Classes. My desire to learn more continued through college as I went to school for ASL & Deaf Culture Studies.
Schley: What is Deaf Insight(www.deaf-insight.com)?
Hood: Deaf Insight is a one stop shop to learning about different aspects of the Deaf Community, Deaf Culture, and Sign Language. We have bloggers that teach our viewers through the knowledge they have and/or what they have experienced in their lives. In addition, there are other pages that are laid out to teach our viewers about Deaf Culture, American Sign Language, Deaf Education, Deaf history, and Deaf literature.
Schley: What inspired you to start Deaf Insight?
Hood: Deaf Insight came to be when I felt I needed an outlet to teach my family, friends, and other people more about the Deaf community. I am one of the very few people in my family who knows how to sign or knows things about the Deaf community outside of my deaf cousins. I felt like I wasn't doing enough with the knowledge I had obtained about this community. I wanted to educate as many people as I could.
Schley: Please explain how Deaf Insight has developed over time.
Hood: Deaf Insight started off as just a small outlet and/or hobby for me. Since it has started, it just seems to be taking off. I never ever expected to get the response that I have. I have met great people that have the same goal: to educate the world about the deaf community and other people that want to learn more. Deaf Insight started as a one stop shop but has grown into something so much more. It has turned into a community of learning!
Schley: What are your short term and long term goals for Deaf Insight?
Hood: My short term goals would be to continue to expand the content that can be found in the educational tabs of Deaf Insight. I want to give people the opportunity to learn everything they can through our website. My long term goals continue to change, but my main goal is to continue to expand the website not only to showcase American Sign Language, but also many other forms such as British Sign Language and more. If I can educate people in that part of the world. I would be extremely happy!
Schley: Is Deaf Insight fully run/created by you, or do you have team members?
Hood: I am the founder/President of Deaf Insight. I not only founded it but I organize how it is run and how it physically looks. My cousin, Ann Marie Mudge AKA The Deaf Socialite helps me with the Events' Page, writes her own blog, and is the Vice President of D.I. My sister, who is the owner and operator of Sarah Jackson Photography, is the Graphic Designer for Deaf Insight. She has created many banners, flyers, posters, shirts, and our logo. My sister-in-law, Jami, helps when she can with the proofreading, editing, and technical side of the website. Then, of course, I can never forget the Deaf Insight bloggers! Each and every one of them bring something great to the table. Not only do they bring knowledge and experience ,but they also bring so many viewers to this website. My cousin and I started the blogging, but we have gained many great bloggers over the last year. Deaf Insight started out with just me ,but over the course of the year it has developed into a great team of people who I feel you all could learn from.
Schley: Is there any way to financially support Deaf Insight?
Hood: My husband and I are the financial supporters of Deaf Insight. Midway through 2012, we did start selling ad space which has helped take less of the financial responsibilities off of us. Then in the later part of 2012, a fundraiser was held to help us fund the beginning steps to opening up an online based store for D.I.
Schley: Other than running the site, what would our money go towards?
Hood: Depending on what the main type of fundraiser is dictates what we will use the money for. All the money that is raised for Ad Space is used to help pay for the main operation need for the website. Money raised with the shirts we sell is used to help us not only grow our backstock ,but it is also there to help us create future plans of attending deaf events such as the Deaf Expos and more. Deaf Insight is still in its first year of running and the plans of what the money will be used for continues to changes with new ideas that are brought to us. We have tons of plans in mind and hope you all enjoy what Deaf Insight has evolved into.
Schley: Please share anything else you would like us to know about Deaf Insight.
Hood: The main focus of Deaf Insight is education. We hope to not only educate the world but we hope to raise money to give the Deaf Schools all over the world. We feel the best way to learn about the deaf culture, deaf community, and American Sign Language is through those people of that culture, community and language. This means we all must do what we can to help support the deaf school system out there. They educate our deaf children to help them learn what they need to know in order for them to adapt to the world around them.