Meet Daymond Sands, DAC’s newest staffer!
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
I’m deaf and have several deaf family members. I grew up in Dallas and have always been into artistic endeavors, whether it’s signing songs or creating art or pursing photography. I recently started a photography competition show on YouTube called Click Click Crop. Throughout college and into my adulthood, I’ve volunteered at hospitals, Adopt A Highway, soup kitchens for shelters, Red Cross, and more. I’ve always wanted to provide support to the community. That’s one reason why I was led to DAC. I wanted to be involved in directly supporting the community.
And now I work at DAC with STAP!
What is STAP?
STAP (Specialized Telecommunication Assistance Program) is really about providing communication access through devices for people who need it. In addition to cell phones, there are headphones available for people who are hard of hearing that can increase the volume to the appropriate level, FM systems, and so much more. You name it, the technology is so advanced right now to help those who need it. Through the STAP program, we have vouchers that can help people pay for devices that they wouldn’t normally be able to afford on their own.
What else do you want readers to know?
DAC is a special place that creates partnerships between two worlds. If deaf people are experiencing societal barriers, they can come to DAC for guidance and support. DAC is able to advocate on behalf of and with the deaf community to hearing people about these issues.
Want to learn more about how you can benefit from STAP?