This is an ASL version of my announcement of becoming a Cuddlist-certified professional cuddler. For now, I am not adding voiceover or captions because it is aimed at users of ASL, especially those in the Deaf community who may have known me for many years and may be wondering about my latest blog announcement.
Just saw — not heard, but saw — this TV commercial featuring a Deaf Amazon logistics associate. There’s no interpretation or voiceover, just his signing and captions. There is some background warehouse noise, but the relative silence focuses attention on this man who communicates without sound. I was really touched to see American Sign Language used by a Deaf person in a commercial featured during primetime national television. As an ASL/English interpreter, I have interpreted for Amazon many times, so it was even more exciting and surreal to see this representation of people I’ve had the honor to work for.
I woke up with this song in my head, so I Googled it and found this video. I’m so glad I did. I didn’t know the singer was related to Peter Capaldi, and I thought it was really sweet that his cousin acted in his video. It’s a very moving story and you have to watch it till the end to fully appreciate it— but I won’t tell you what it is, because you know, “Spoilers.”