by Dayamarali Espinosa
My name is Dayamarali (Daya) Espinosa. I am proud Deaf Latinx Woman. I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina. I am currently a second-year graduate student at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. studying International Development (IDMA). I graduated with a bachelor ‘s degree in Spanish and International Studies at Gallaudet University in May 2018. My international field interest is in immigration, human rights (including disability rights), and access to education, language, and culture. The accommodation that made this conference accessible for me was having an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter with me all day.
It is important that Deaf people are involved in making policy for the disability community because we are a minority group. We face difficulties on a daily basis that are because of audism. The intersectionality of our community is becoming more visible, and it is important for us to speak up and share our experiences to make systems change, working to include and NOT exclude.
This experience has benefited me to represent my community as a Deaf Latinx Woman. Learning and gaining leadership knowledge has helped me to speak up more, not just for myself but for my community as well as for those who couldn’t speak up.
The Conference Accessibility Initiative with JPMorgan Chase and WID makes a difference by bringing diverse people with disabilities to be part of this important mission, and bringing visibility to organizations, leaders, and policymakers that create change and make decisions. ¡Tú cuenta! You count!
Would you like to be a Disability Ambassador with WID and JP Morgan & Chase? Keep an eye out for applications for 2020, coming soon!
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