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Tayler Mayer is the founder of DeafVIDEO.TV and co-founder of DeafRead. By aggregating posts from deaf bloggers around the world in real-time, DeafRead was instrumental in informing the deaf community during the Gallaudet University protests of 2006.

 

Live blogging the Friday Night Massacre, in which more than 130 Gallaudet University students were arrested, his blog website crashed. Tayler resumed to live blog on another blog website, which again quickly crashed.

 

Building on this publicity, Tayler, noticing a growing trend of using American Sign Language (ASL) videos to communicate online, a new category was added to DeafRead dedicating ASL videos to its own space - in conjunction with blogs. By the time the website turned a year old, DeafRead was drawing thousands and thousands of visitors. The Deafhood movement reached the masses using the DeafRead platform.

 

The American Sign Language (ASL) videos, or vlogs, growing in popularity, Tayler took the next step to create DeafVIDEO.TV, a social media platform entirely dedicated to them. The comments made in response to vlogs are also in video, differentiating the site from the likes of YouTube. More than 15 years later, DeafVIDEO.TV remains the only website to use only ASL to communicate throughout discussions.

 

Tayler has been recognized for his work by a U.S. Senator from California. Tayler was also recognized as one of the Trailblazers, a campaign by PurpleVRS, to spotlight such individuals in the deaf community.

 

While simultaneously running two sites, Tayler also freelanced as a web developer working with multiple organizations nationally. This led to projects at Gallaudet University, which in turn led to becoming a faculty member, where he now teaches Information Technology at the university.

 

Tayler enjoys spending time with his family, landscaping, renovating, hiking, bicycling, running, traveling, watching football and can often be found in Gallaudet University’s weight room. He also can be found on DeafVIDEO.TV having fruitful discussions with ASL users around the world.

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