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Episode 16 – The Power of Communication: Celebrating NDEAM with Dustin Giannelli

Published: Thursday October 5, 2023

Pushing Forward with Alycia | A Disability Podcast

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A Remarkable CEO: Dustin Giannelli’s Story

In this special episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” we celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month by digging into the remarkable life of Dustin Giannelli. His story embodies the strength of the human spirit and illustrates how resilience, innovation, and an unwavering spirit can overcome any obstacle.

The Silent World and Inclusive Communication

Growing up, he assisted his grandfather in daily tasks, from getting dressed to fetching a glass of water. To Dustin, this was the norm – an environment where abilities triumphed over disabilities. At the age of five, Dustin received a profound hearing loss diagnosis. Without his hearing aids, the world became a silent place, devoid of the beeping alarms, chirping birds, and the cries of babies that most of us take for granted.

Rewriting the Narrative of Disabilities

Dustin, a resilient individual profoundly deaf since childhood, is not just rewriting his own narrative but also serving as a roadmap of inspiration for countless others, showing them how to harness their disabilities as superpowers.

At the heart of this conversation lies National Disability Employment Awareness Month, providing the perfect backdrop to celebrate the inspiring journeys of those who defy the odds and break through barriers.

Embracing Diversity through Technology

With an astounding 82% of closed captioning users being individuals with typical hearing, it’s clear that the hearing world is adapting to solutions primarily created for the non-hearing community, marking an incredible journey of innovation. Yet, Dustin’s message transcends technology; it’s about the power of collaboration. Action occurs when diverse minds unite, igniting innovation, sparking fresh ideas, and forging connections that surpass labels.

The Future of Communications

  • Technology as the Bridge: Uncover the remarkable tech empowering Dustin, from live phone calls with stenographers to real-time translation.
  • Diverse Communities: Dustin takes us on a fascinating journey into the realm of sign language and the distinctions between Deaf and deaf.
  • Embrace Diversity and Rewrite the Narrative: It’s about embracing our shared humanity, celebrating each other’s uniqueness, and working together to create a world where everyone can thrive

Let’s come together to embrace DEI, innovation, and the limitless horizons before us.

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