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The story where it began..

Vineyard 2nd Generation was founded in 2019. We decided on this name because of the desire and dedication to become the second generation of Martha's Vineyard.

 

The picture shown on the right is where most deaf people were located. Chillmark & Squibnocket.

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What is Martha's Vineyard?

Beginning in the early 18th century through 1952, Martha's Vineyard was a Deaf Utopia. On Martha's Vineyard, Deafness was not a barrier to participation. Sign Language was the path to an all-inclusive life, and Deafness wasn't viewed as a disability.

Instead, everyone embraced the culture and learned how to sign, including Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and hearing alike. We believe in the same language equity and inclusivity through Vineyard 2nd Generation and the American Sign Language Immersion Academy.

Vineyard 2nd Generation ASL Immersion Academy keeps the Latin phrase "manus multae cor unum" close at heart. This phrase means "many hands, one heart".

Through many hands, one heart, our mission is to offer a linguistically enriched American Sign Language environment starting from birth for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (Deaf/HH) individuals while empowering them to become lifelong, self-directed individuals. We want to connect families and our communities to set the standard for equitable resources for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and adults through mentoring, resources, and forming collaborative networks that value each individual's language and culture.

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Deaf people can do anything that hearing people can, except hear.

I. King Jordan, First Deaf President of Gallaudet University, 1988

Board Members

Michelle Rolewitz

PRESIDENT

V2G Founder

Toni Fairbanks

VICE PRESIDENT

ASL Mentor

Jerry Giest

TREASURER

V2G Founder

Chandi Borgen

SECRETARY

ASL Interpreter

Krystal Anderson

MEMBER AT LARGE

D/HH Teacher

Committee

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