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World Federation of the Deaf:

Recently a Deaf person contacted me via the Lifeprint-ASLU Facebook group.

The person was polite, respectful, and seemed grateful for any help that I might be able to provide.
His main statement was:

"Looking for your support after many doors closed on my face."

[name removed to protect this person's privacy]

Dear █████.

I am an ASL instructor. This is an ASL learning and teaching-related group.

If you feel that you simply must have my specific input regarding your situation, you are welcome to email me.

My contact information is available at  Please understand though that I already have over 5,000 emails in my in-box from others seeking help, attention, or support of some kind ahead of you.  I love all people and wish the absolute best for all people but my current project queue is already full. I occasionally directly respond to various ASL-related questions here in this group as a form of win/win mental diversion but any new projects come at the expense of existing projects and existing requests for help.

What you are seeking is a community support advocate and ally.

A resource for finding support is the National Association of the Deaf at:

If you do not live in the United States a resource to help you locate your country's Deaf organizations is The World Federation of the Deaf.

The WFD is an international non-governmental organization that acts as a central support organization for national associations of Deaf people, with a focus on Deaf people who use sign language and their family and friends.

You can find more information regarding the WFD at their website:

I encourage you to become a member of the WFD and become familiar with the type of support they provide.
If you have a question about American Sign Language, this is a good group in which to ask your question.
If you have a question about how to prevent doors from being slammed in your face then the group to contact is the WFD. 

Warm regards,

- Dr. Bill





Having "doors shut in one's face" or in other words: a lack of opportunity for advancement -- is a common and life-long experience for many of us Deaf people. 

As an ASL educator I'm extremely grateful for the various Deaf-related organizations that have been set up to provide support and allyship. 


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