SILVER SPRING, MD – May 25, 2010 – DeafCode, LLC and Deaf Politics (DP) today announced an exclusive partnership to develop and launch a Deaf Politics website for the deaf and hard of hearing community.
Currently, DP operates primarily through Facebook and Twitter updates, serving as a forum to post and discuss current political news. These updates provide easy access to political information, both in text and video formats, on a vast array of political issues, not just those directly-related to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. But this is just the beginning.
Founded in 2009 by three deaf internet professionals with 30 years of combined experience, DeafCode LLC's mission is to utilize their expertise to build applications that are targeted at the deaf and hard of hearing community. They are responsible for the development and management of Captionfish (http://captionfish.com), a captioned movies search engine that delivered over half a million accessible show times across the nation in its first year of existence. DeafCode is based in Seattle, WA. For more information, visit http://www.deafcode.com.
“When I established Deaf Politics in March, I had a clear goal of eventually launching a website that would serve as an information hub for the deaf community,” said DP Founder Jessica Thurber. “The response and support from the community has been tremendous,” Thurber continued, “We have over 700 fans on Facebook and the number keeps growing. The need for a website is clear and I’m thrilled the team at DeafCode sees the potential of Deaf Politics and is willing to make the website a reality.”
"When Jessica Thurber first approached us with the opportunity to get involved with Deaf Politics, there was no hesitation on our part," agreed Brendan Gramer, of DeafCode. "The vision that Jess presented to us was intriguing. We couldn't say no to the idea of expanding into yet another area of community awareness and involvement, especially into an arena in which we feel resources for the deaf community have been somewhat lacking. We are absolutely thrilled about the notion of building a platform on which individuals will feel empowered to interact, communicate, and take action more effectively around important political issues, both inside and outside of the community."
The DP website will encourage the community to participate in the information-sharing via blogging, vlogging, and commenting. The website will also provide users with ways to take action. DeafPolitics.org is projected to launch in beta during 3Q 2010.
About Deaf Politics
Deaf Politics is a passionate and committed organization that strives to provide clear and concise information covering a wide range of non-partisan political topics, both non- and deaf-related. Currently, DP is working on obtaining a non-profit status. Please check http://blog.deafpolitics.org for updates on the organization.