Ode to Michelle
12/5/2012 2:38:16 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment
C. Michelle Hope, President and Founder of ASL inside ATL, a passionate advocate of the deaf, hard of hearing and blind communities was the producer of the televised Worship Service of Crusselle Freeman Church of the Deaf in Atlanta.
The celebration of her life on November 24 was a vibrant testimony of her work to have these communities fully integrated in every sector of daily living. As friends and family silently filed by her coffin it was comforting to see the hands loudly speaking of their sadness while testifying to her friendship and support.
Her going home ceremony with a selection by the Deaf Choir and reflections of her life given by both the spoken word and sign language was deeply inspiring. It brought attention to the talent and abilities of citizens which to date have not been fully acknowledged and a heart searching awareness of their lack of access to spontaneos interaction that is so often taken for granted.
“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time” - H. W. Longfellow. Michelle leaves all hands the opportunity to take the next step towards full inclusion especially for the deaf, hard of hearing and blind communities.