Learn more about this movement from an interview with the founders
In running a successful real estate team within Orange County, I felt that a certain quality branch was missing. I quickly determined it was the fulfilling chapter of philanthropy. I realized I wanted to officially start a non-profit organization that worked hand-in-hand and represented the Davis Group.
I immediately decided to revolve this exciting new establishment around a personal relationship of mine, my little sister Courtney Davis, who is hard of hearing. I was raised alongside Courtney with a seven year difference. Our family communicated in sign language with her for years as she grew and transitioned into the girl she would become. Her upbringing consisted of initial hearing aids to the official surgery and placement of the cochlear implant. Even through this disability’s trials and tribulations, Courtney was always cheerful, smiling and a personality that would get along with all. From the outside looking in, it’s a sweet story and a commendable one, but, in truly dissecting her timeline in growing up with a disability, let alone being a little girl with such, her core is the strongest and most pure that I know.
In brainstorming on the vision, I felt that instead of cutting a check to research and development, I wanted to be more involved in these being’s recreational lives. I feel that fun and happiness molds a core of a person and most of the time, this strength comes from recreational activities. My question to myself was, how do I enhance a recreational aspect of theirs that falls short due to their disability at hand? I spoke with my sister and my stepmother who provided a few ideas: my stepmother explained that when Courtney was a child and went to the movie theater, the facility would pass out balloons to the disabled audience to hold during the film to activate the sense of touch during an action packed or high frequency sound scene creating a vibration to the area held, that way, the experience is enhanced through an alternate sense thus creating a more genuine and heightened movie experience. I thought this concept was fascinating and wanted to somehow incorporate into what I was to offer through the nonprofit.
Part of the activities Courtney mentioned she lacked a full experience in consisted of clubs (being 22 years of age). I thought of music instantly being the culprit of this lacked experience. In my personal life, music is a huge mood alternator for me; I thoroughly enjoy multiple genres and couldn’t envision life without. The action of rhythm came to mind as being the issue with the music experience as if rhythm was known, the participation of minor dancing could take place. I then concluded I wanted to offer a class incorporating the sense of touch as an educational tool to the sound of different music teaching beat counts, assisting in learning what a true rhythm really consists of.
Fast forward, Deaf Hearts United NP proudly offers a rhythm dance class to participants with this concept in tow. The result is a fun and enjoyable experience with a group, different genres of music and having all walk away with not just an increased learning experience of rhythm itself, but a core and confidence enhancement they’ll take to other social settings improving the recreation field of life which all should equally enjoy.
There are many branches in my life I consider to be an accomplishment; this nonprofit, however, is the most genuinely fulfilling of them all.
Special event coordination and production for the deaf and hard of hearing
Rhythm dance class to the deaf and hard of hearing participants teaching music’s rhythm in heightening alternate senses.
Custom designed rhythm classes
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