deaffriendly News

Melissa "echo" Greenlee: Founder & Fighter for Change

Posted by: Guest Writer on May 1, 2016  |  Comments

When I was a kid, I played in the meadow and chased the cows through riverbanks. I rocked out to 80’s music, sang along with Madonna and danced to “Lucky Star” and “Holiday”. I never thought that, at the age of 8 years old, one of my senses would leave me and my life would take a drastic turn. Growing up over the years with hearing loss, I struggled to understand those around me including my parents, my teachers, and my 5 siblings. I couldn’t place telephone calls, understand the television, classroom instruction, nor the radio.  None of my peers were like me and I was confused, angry and alone. By the age of 18, I had a profound hearing loss and could no longer hear Madonna’s voice over my pink ghetto blaster.

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Ensuring the Customer is King: Deaf-Friendly Customer Service Training

Posted by: Staff Writer on April 25, 2016  |  Comments

As a native Dallasite who grew up in the family business, Vicki Moseley has done it all: From bookkeeping to interacting with hungry regulars. Even in an era of table tracking buzzers and ready-order apps, she’d be the first to tell you that there’s no substitute for the “secret sauce” of customer service: Face-to-face interactions.

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Founders Corner: We're Turning Four!

Posted by: Staff Writer on April 12, 2016  |  Comments

This month, April 2016, marks 4 year anniversary since we launched deaffriendly.com. Wow! 4 years ago when I launched this business, going about my daily life as a Deaf consumer was frustrating, time consuming, annoying, and often I arrived home everyday, exhausted.

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deaffriendly Turns 4: More Than Just a Review Website, A Movement!

Posted by: Staff Writer on April 7, 2016  |  Comments

This month marks four years of deaffriendly.com, an online review website for Deaf consumers to rate their positive and negative consumer experiences about businesses they frequent. Along the way, we’ve come to realize two things: change happens with every interaction in ordinary but powerful ways and change also happens when a small group of people decide to do big things, together.

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Socorro Moore: Making Connections Happen

Posted by: Guest Writer on April 1, 2016  |  Comments

Socorro Moore is our new Community Outreach Manager for deaffriendly.com and we are so excited to have her on the deaffriendly team. A big part of her job is going out into the community and networking with hearing businesses and Deaf consumers, to make sure they know about deaffriendly.com and all the different ways we can help them create a deaf-frinedly world.

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Crystal Green: Content and Caffeine

Posted by: Guest Writer on March 1, 2016  |  Comments

Crystal was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, surrounded by the mountains and water. You’ll find her reading articles, writing poetry, or spending time near the many waterways and beaches of the Puget Sound. She’s our editor at deaffriendly.com and responsible for much of our written content on our website. A wordsmith, she produces articles and consumes coffee with equal speed and fervor, and we’re happy to keep her supplied in both.

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Reviewer Spotlight: Kate Spencer

Posted by: Staff Writer on Feb. 3, 2016  |  Comments

On any given day you may find deaffriendly.com Advocate Kate Spencer curled up reading a book,  watching crime-related shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, or coloring in an adult coloring book.  Like a true Northwest native she has cultivated a special connection with the Puget Sound waters; combing the shores, collecting seashells, seaglass, and rocks while taking in the ocean view.  When she’s out and about shopping at local businesses, hitting up farmer's markets, and browsing for treasures at thrift stores and garage sales she’s always looking for new places to write reviews about. 

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Aimee Chou: Being Part of a Modern-day Movement

Posted by: Guest Writer on Feb. 1, 2016  |  Comments

Aimee Chou, who scores an INTP on the Meyers-Briggs personality test with a background in journalism is our virtuoso pen for hire and has been writing engaging content with her signature flair for puns and witticisms for deaffriendly since 2011. 

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Best of 2015: Deaf-Friendly Businesses That Rocked Our Year

Posted by: Staff Writer on Jan. 16, 2016  |  Comments

In 2015, Deaf gained visibility, collaboration, linguistic interest, and became a cultural force reawakened:From Nyle DiMarco winning America’s Next Top Model (Cycle 22) to Deaf West’s Spring Awakening, #deaftalent movement has gained more than one supermodel, or a single Tony Award, the movement has created lasting role models.

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Buddy Elledge: Behind the Scenes

Posted by: Guest Writer on Jan. 1, 2016  |  Comments

Buddy is our graphic designer extraordinaire, his role is critical to keeping us looking spiffy. He wears many other hats, stepping up as a  program assistant and assisting in social media duties. Odds are, if you have a question about the website or your account he’s the man behind the scenes helping our reviewers out.

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Reviews by Advocates & Champions

Gabby

Gabby

Seattle Aquarium

Seattle Aquarium hosted a Deaf Community Day last week. I leapt at the chance to take ...

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Le Petit Chouette

Le Petit Chouette

Munchery

Because delivery-oriented service can vary widely for the same company (since they have multiple delivery personnel ...

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echo

echo

Munchery

This app has made my life as a busy momma so much easier! I get my ...

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Christina

Christina

Peddler Brewing Company

Peddler Brewing Company has listened to the Deaf community and has agreed to turn on subtitles ...

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