My American story started when I was born hearing to parents who were deaf. I grew up very quickly in spite of my young age. There was always some event or happening that needed to be interpreted-- a funeral, a doctor appointment, a school conference. I became my parents' ears to the world.Growing up, I never really felt like I was any different from other kids; but when I did grow up, I realized I was "special."While in my twenties, through a fluke of circumstances, I begin interpreting American Sign Language professionally and continued for many years.As the peoples of this world have become so divided, I began thinking about how sign language could pull us all together. I established Hands Across the World and hope that sign language can unite, foster compassion, and bring peace to all.