As part of my search for answers to where are all the deaf, hard of hearing, sign language people are at, I am interviewing people from all walks of life, literally all over the world. Here is the text interview with Kathleen “Kat” Brockway, the author of two Deaf Heritage books.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, who you are, where you are from, where you are living now.
Originally, I hailed from Washington, DC and moved a lot due to my father’s job, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, requiring us to relocate a few times.
On my quiet time, I love to research and think of next projects!
I am not a fan of the word “disability” because we all have abilities. And none of us has the same abilities. But I do want people to know and understand better about your “disability” and what abilities you use to show the world you are capable of doing. Can you tell us a little bit more about this?
I am profoundly Deaf since birth. I do not bother to let it stop me from what I am doing. My multitasking and research skills are my best qualities to use.
You have a fantastic website, Kat Brockway, that I enjoy reading. It would be awesome if you can share the three biggest benefits your audience gains from your site and why?
Thank you! I would say three benefits from my website would be the website builder that gives me an opportunity to add information, security is the key to secure your website, and the provided templates to make it ready to be used.
A website is a great way to share information about what you have to offer. With that in mind, what is the number one question you are asked by your audience (friends, inquiring minds, followers, readers)? And have you answered that question?
The quick answer would be what is your presentation about? My favorite presentation I give is “Wakening the Deaf Culture: Bringing the Values Back Into the Deaf Community.” The impact comes from my discovery of the facts and learned throughout the four years of my work. Timing is crucial now like my favorite quote, “Now is the time to value the Deaf Culture & History.”
Also, what is the most random question you have been asked? What was your answer?
My most common question from others asked me how did I start all of this research? I started with George “Dummy” Leitner and research became more deep and learned of Leitner’s history connection to the Deaf Community. I never looked back! I am always looking forward to more research!
Can you tell us how long have you had your website and what does a typical “website” day look like for you?
I would say I had launched my website last fall, I believe. I guess every typical day is normal. The important things to add are the gallery (my favorite!) and the events to keep up to date.
Do you find social media helpful in promoting your blog? If so, what are your top two social networks? How much time do you spend a week on those two networks?
Yes, I find it helpful. I have noticed Twitter is a better place than Facebook. Nonetheless, I try to post and share in every social media I can like Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.
The top two are the Twitter and Facebook! Daily is my requirement to keep things going. Social media helps with my research and find information.
Looking ahead to the next three years, what do you think will be the greatest change in the deaf and hard of hearing world in terms of awareness or accessibility?
An increase in job hiring. The employers need to open more doors for the skilled Deaf workers! GAIN the captions and include us in any news and dialogues. Also, to be more aware we can do anything except hear.
What is the number one tip you can recommend that you would share with all of the deaf, hard of hearing and sign language users interested in blogging?
Recommend to find the benefits of the costs comparing to other websites in order to match your needs. Some began with a tough website builder and needed help. Look for something that you can manage, not ones you cannot manage. Do not stress yourself out!
Just for fun, if you could book a one-way ticket anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
The United Kingdom! I thrive for British people, their minds, and so much rich history there! Though, I want to go to many places!
I’m curious, what did you learn from Kathleen Brockway’s interview?
It is the work of people like Kathleen who is contributing to the level of awareness we are gaining about the Deaf community. Especially when historical information can help us pave the way for a better world by learning about life in the past and what we can do for the future.