Ezelis Sanderson is a CODA, a Child of Deaf Adults, and from an early age felt that God has given her a purpose to be a bridge between the Deaf and hearing communities. Today she is an American Sign Language interpreter, wife, and mother of two kids—one who is Deaf and one who is a CODA too.
I’ve known Ezelis since college where we both majored in our first languages. I’m excited to get to share her with you in this episode.
A special note: It is important to us at Have Hope; Will Travel that our audio podcasts are both accessible and inclusive. We release a transcript in the show notes of every single episode. Scroll down to find the transcript of this week’s episode.
- What is a CODA?
- Why is being a CODA significant?
- Some differences between Deaf culture and hearing culture
- Tips for working with an interpreter
- How did Deaf and hearing folks talk on the phone before video calls?
- What is life like as both a CODA and a parent of a Deaf child?
- How to embrace your child’s deafness
- What Ezelis wishes everyone knew about CODA life
- How to support the Deaf community
- ASL for Free Program at Gallaudet University
- The Regional Early Acquisition of Language Program
- Oscar-Winning Movie: CODA
Find the Episode
See Ezelis sign on Instagram.