It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo | Interview With Terry Hunt


  It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo
It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo | Interview With Terry Hunt


It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo | Interview With Terry Hunt

I am inspired by the story of the president of It's a Deaf Thing. Terry Hunt is the president and volunteer for It's a Deaf Thing.  He was born profoundly deaf. That didn't stop Terry from accomplishing his goals and aspirations. It should motivate us to do our best and aim to go for our purposes. Terry was the first Deaf student at Seminole Elementary School in the 1980s. He learned how to fix computers, web design, and software development at the young age of 15 while he was in Tampa Bay Technical High School.

Terry Hunt
Terry Hunt 

He graduated with an Associates in Software Application Development and certifications. He will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2019. He also owns a couple of businesses.




Let's have a talk with the president of "It’s a Deaf Thing", Terry Hunt.

It's a Deaf Thing is operated by a variety of volunteers. Some of these wonderful volunteers are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, CODA, Interpreter, and Hearing People That Loves The Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community. It's so wonderful that a diverse group of volunteers can come together with a common goal. What would you say the mission is of "It’s a Deaf Thing"?


Our primary mission is to support and empower the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Deaf/Blind community. We provide support to other organization that supports the Deaf community. Our goal is to encourage the Deaf community to become successful and to promote their businesses. Today, a lot of Deaf people are not able to find a job, so they start up their own business to make money for themselves. We also provide resource programs during the Deaf Expo to help the Deaf Community such as UnitedHealth Group, Florida Associations of the Deaf, National Associations of the Deaf – LGBTQ, Sorenson VRS, Deaf Literacy Center, Vocational Rehabilitation, City of Lakeland, and plenty of Audiology services and Interpreters services.  We have 23 volunteers, and they are amazing! Not that they only volunteer to help us but also help other organizations too.


It’s A Deaf Thing
It’s A Deaf Thing 

Can you inform us of the type of services you bring for the Deaf or hard of hearing during the Deaf Expo?
It’s a Deaf Thing provide the venue for the Deaf Expo. We try to cover the cost of the building by doing fundraising, asking for sponsorships, donation and selling booths cheap as possible to help the Deaf Business Owners, Deaf-Related Businesses, and Deaf-Friendly Businesses. We are always looking for sponsorships and donations to help keep It’s a Deaf Thing going. We’re hoping to expand out to work in other areas such as helping Deaf children and teachers that work with deaf, hard of hearing, and deaf/blind.


Project Deaf
Project Deaf

It must be so exciting to help empower others to recognize the greatness in what they have to offer the world. To let them know that nothing is impossible with their dreams and ambitions. I see that you work with the blind community also. What kind of work do you do with the blind?

We work with the Deaf/Blind community. There is various work available for the Deaf/Blind. One of our foremost photographers is Deaf/Blind. Her name is Kelly Manley, and she makes fantastic photos! Can you imagine a blind person making phenomenal pictures? The kind of work that we’re doing with Kelly is to help promote her capability of being a photographer. She also has years experiences in IT field and unable to find a job. We’re hoping that having her on our volunteer team would create more awareness that she is capable of doing anything except for having perfect eyesight and hearing.


Deaf Expo
It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo 

When is the next Deaf Expo, and how can you get a ticket for the Deaf Expo?
The Deaf Expo is on October 5, 2019, at the RP Funding Center at Lakeland, Florida. The tickets are free, but sadly the parking isn’t free. We’re working very hard to try to find sponsorship to cover the parking cost. Not every business understand that the deaf community survives on Social Security. An average employee’s paycheck is anywhere from $600 - $1,400 a week. The deaf community on social security is about $300 – $1,000 a month. It would be fantastic if the parking is free at the RP Funding Center.

It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo
It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo

Terry, It has been a pleasure communicating with you. Is there anything else you would like for our wonderful readers to know about "It's a Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo"?
We’re always looking forward to giving back to the Deaf community. When we are not hosting the Deaf Expo, we are helping the local events to grow. There is always deaf or asl events somewhere in Florida to work with. If you would like to be involved with It’s a Deaf Thing – Deaf Expo or ProjectDEAF, you can always reach us at ts a deaf thing.

It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo
It’s A Deaf Thing - Deaf Expo

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