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by Matt Collette, news@Northeastern (January 25, 2013)

Early in her first year of col­lege, Sarah Honigfeld was named pres­i­dent of Northeastern’s Deaf Club. She didn’t get the posi­tion because of her lead­er­ship qual­i­ties or group vision, though she brought both to the job.

The bylaws said the pres­i­dent had to be deaf and I was the only deaf stu­dent,” said Honigfeld, now a fifth-year human ser­vices major in the Col­lege of Social Sci­ences and Human­i­ties. “It sort of hap­pened by default.”

Under Honigfeld’s lead­er­ship, the group became the Inter­preting Club, a student-based orga­ni­za­tion that gives par­tic­i­pants a chance to dis­cuss topics ranging from Amer­ican Sign Lan­guage to deaf culture.

We opened up the club to ASL stu­dents, stu­dents with deaf par­ents, or even those who want to learn more about these topics,” said Honigfeld, who wears two hearing aids but relies pri­marily on lip reading to com­mu­ni­cate. “It made it so it was more inclusive.”

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Published On: January 25, 2013 | Tags: ,,,,
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