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one of us

As we begin our holiday season, it is time to reflect on how each one of us has the potential to make a difference. In Minnesota, CSD's Adult Basic Education is making a difference. 70% of the clients in this program are deaf immigrants who came to the c

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As we begin our holiday season, it is time to reflect on how each one of us has the potential to make a difference. In Minnesota, CSD's Adult Basic Education is making a difference. 70% of the clients in this program are deaf immigrants who came to the country without any foundation for language. And we are expanding this program from Twin Cities to classes in Fairbault and St. Cloud. #CSDVision ---- Video Description: The video starts with a satellite map of the United States of America with many different pictures of signing people appearing in a mosaic form. There is a shot of a DeafNation Expo in St. Paul, Minnesota. The CSD booth is propped up with a few staff walking around. The camera focuses on Martha, a black presenting female. She is laughing, and then she starts to sign. "I'm from West Africa, in Sierra Leone. The sign for Sierra Leone is holding a "S" above the right hand, and then putting a "L" on the top of the right hand." "I'm now a U.S. Citizen. How I got here is by taking Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Galinda." Galinda comes into the camera shot. She is a white presenting woman. Martha: "You've empowered me with your education. I've learned a lot from her." Galinda: "Yes, she was my student." Martha: "She is a great teacher. She is a very patient woman, teaching one-on-one and being persistent. She's helped me to learn." A shot of both Martha and Linda on camera. Martha is saying "Don't make me cry! I always cry when I see her. She's a very powerful woman." Galinda: "She's always crying." Martha: "When I teach ABE classes now, my favorite part is helping other immigrants by talking to them one-on-one if they do not understand the teacher. I feel empowered to teach them and help them fill in the gaps." Both Galinda and Martha hug. Both look emotional and are holding back tears. They are saying positive things about each other. Martha does a short dance. Martha; "If you're from Africa or other countries, and want to move to America, I strongly advise you to take CSD's ABE classes. It will help a lot." The video ends with a tagline, "Making a difference, one life at a time." CSD: More is possible.