My name is Vanessa and I'm here to give you a presentation about deaf comedians, a special one in particular.
Deaf people shouldn't be treated any differently than hearing people. We're all the same after all. A disability shouldn't hold you back from pursuing your dreams.
My friend D.J. didn't, and look where he is now.
Hi, I'm D.J. Demers and I'm a stand-up comedian.
I was born and raised in the beautiful city of Toronto, Canada.
I first discovered my hearing loss when I was about 4 years old. My parents noticed that I stopped responding to things, and that's when they took me to the doctor. They found out I had a very profound hearing loss.
I knew from a very young age that I wanted to do comedy and make people laugh, so that's exactly what I did.
Ever since that day I've been wearing hearing aids, and my hearing continues to get worse with age. Luckily, I got the hearing aids at a young age and learned how to speak with them.
I auditioned for season 11 of America's Got Talent and made it all the way to judge cuts.
Sadly, I got eliminated after that round, but I got way farther than I ever thought I could.
After the show, I decided to continue my career as a comedian and won many other awards. I can't wait to see where else this journey takes me.
You see? Even with his hearing impairment, D.J. defied all odds and made it through several rounds of America's Got Talent!
All his life, he just wanted to be normal. Comedy was his way of communicating with others.
He made his dream happen. If that's not enough proof that deaf people can be just as funny and entertaining as hearing people, then I don't know what is.