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Aidan Gives the 411 on How to Communicate with Deaf People!

Hey non-Deaf people, we need to talk…Let’s talk about your reaction when you find out someone is Deaf. You may not realize it but we can read your body language. Wait… Good news! This episode will give you tips on how to better communicate with Deaf people. Click the link in the bio and don’t forget to comment and leave your thoughts! 🤟

* Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jump rope.
The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by.  Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror.  The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror.  Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her.  The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hey everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

I’ve been thinking. As you know, I’ve had a lot experiences with non-Deaf people when they find out I’m Deaf. They freeze up and don’t know what to do. They’re in complete shock or they’ll awkwardly smile at me then walk away. Sometimes they even look down pretending they’re busy. It’s something I’ve always noticed. So, why not use my show and give you all some tips on what you can do when you meet a Deaf person for the first time. My tips will help you be more prepared!

One of the most important things, be patient. Don’t freak out and get bent out of shape. Relax, it’s okay. Let Deaf people take the lead in communication. We’ve experienced and navigated the world for hundreds and hundreds of years, especially engaging with hearing people. Over the years, we know a thing or two when it comes to different approaches of communicating. My suggestion to you, the hearing people watching. You could sign this. “Engage, how?” Again, “Engage, how?” Easy, right? “Engage, how?” Deaf people will see that you’re trying and meet you halfway with communication. The conversation gets easier and easier.   Don’t freeze up! Get out of your comfort zones! Realize we can communicate. Us, Deaf people are just like you hearing people, we enjoy having conversations with different people.

Let’s go back to the original question, what to do and how to communication when you meet a Deaf person for the first time? You can text back and forth. As you know, almost every person has a smartphone and everyone’s texting away already. It’s not that hard. There’s also Siri, speech to text, and text to speech apps. Which aren’t that bad, right? It does take some time, but it’s worth it. Trust me!

Don’t forget there’s body language and don’t be shy! I know in hearing culture, it’s not really encouraged to be expressive on the face and the body. Get over it and be more comfortable! It’s like playing a game of Charades. It’s kind of the same concept with Deaf people but keep in mind, American Sign Language (ASL) is a completely different than gesturing. ASL is an actual language. Whereas gesture is a means of communication to be understood when two people don’t know the same language. So, don’t assume that if someone gestures that means they have a limited intelligence. It’s just one of the many approaches as a mean of communication, without using English or ASL.

There are so many ways to communicate. Don’t give up! Deaf people will give you hearing people a lot of respect for making the effort to engage and include us in the conversation.

I hope this episode helps my hearing fans feel more confident when engaging with Deaf people.

Thank you for watching my show!

Thanks Casey and Domenick for interpreting!

 

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (Music fades)

Make sure you don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe this show!

Thanks everyone, bye!

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (Dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

 

Is H.R. 620 Going to Destroy the ADA?

This episode discusses H.R 620 being passed. It has the potential to possibly destroy the ADA law that protects the Deaf community which could have a huge impact on Deaf people’s access to communication and language.

* Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

 The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

There are so many things happening and coming up fast I can’t even keep up! I feel one situation in particular needs to be discussed. A situation that deeply concerns the Disabled Community. H.R. 620, which was a proposed bill that really relates with buildings and making sure they’re wheelchair accessible. Whether it’s wheelchair ramps or making sure that restroom facilities are accessible in terms of things being at arm’s length for little people for example. For Deaf people, fire alarms that emit light! The bill relates to building accessibility and not so much of communication accessibility.

When talking about buildings, if a building doesn’t have visual fire alarm alerts, wheelchair ramps, and height measurement consideration for things to be easily accessible like restrooms and water fountains. The people who need the accommodations need to write a letter and wait 60 days. Within 120 days the facility needs to take the proper actions and make changes to be more accessible. Once that is all done, there’s no need for a lawsuit. Now, if after all that time no action for changes were made, then a lawsuit can be filed.

This is known as the Notice and Cure Period. Which basically prevents lawyers from having a field day filing lawsuits for an easy payday. It also protects small businesses and gives them time to make the accommodations without being hit with a lawsuit immediately.

Members of the Disabled Community have concerns that this will weaken the ADA law. The Deaf Community also has concerns that this bill throws the ADA law to the ground and will make life go back to before the ADA law was passed. Both the Disabled and Deaf Community fought hard in making sure they have equal opportunities and equal rights just like their able bodied counterparts. We all want the same things, and that’s why the law is needed to ensure that happens.

I can tell you from a firsthand experience, I’ve experienced discrimination so many times I can’t even count. Believe me, people are taking advantage to save money and can’t be bothered to be inclusive of individuals with disabilities and the Deaf Community. It’s not just physical disabilities, there’s also linguistic minorities, like American Sign Language. We need interpreters in order to have access to communication and information. People will try to avoid and delay providing access because they claim it’s too expensive.

It concerns me, that people will have to wait a total of 180 days for accessibility accommodations. For example, if there’s a conference and I need access to it, I’d have to wait forever and miss the entire conference. Which makes us worried, how many bills will go far to weaken the ADA. Possibly throwing away all of our rights, and then we’d have to struggle all over again.

We need your advocacy. Support individuals with disabilities and make sure the ADA law is standing strong. So that we can be protected by the law to ensure we have accessibility. For the people watching, who are considered able bodied, make sure things are accessible for all. That’s my goal, I want all groups to have equal access to everything around them and equal opportunities!

Thank you for watching my show!

Thank you Casey and Domenick for interpreting!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (Music fades)

Don’t forget to like, comment, share, and subscribe this show!

Thanks everyone, bye!

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (Dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

 

No, Donald Trump… We Should Not Arm Our Teachers!

Say what, Mr. Trump? The solution for school shootings is to arm our teachers? Heck no!
Please watch this episode, “No Donald Trump, we should not arm our teachers!” to see Trump’s ridiculously dangerous idea that should be opposed!

* Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode)Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hey everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

Isn’t it unreal that Donald Trump came up with the idea that teachers should be armed with a gun at school? I was like… so unreal! Really? Come on! Teachers have a lot on their plate with the amount of responsibilities they already have. Now decisions are being made about adding guns to their workload. It must be overwhelming for our teachers.

I’m pretty sure the chances of bad things will happen more often and having more guns in schools will spread violence. Parents will be more likely to grieve with the added chance of their child being shot by accident. Which may lead parents going back to the school to do a shooting for revenge for their child. It all becomes an ongoing cycle that never stops.

The NRA, National Rifle Association makes millions off of shootings. They’ll always try to convince that there are so many reasons why a person needs a gun. Saying that people wouldn’t be victims if they were able to protect themselves with a gun. The NRA, always find excuses as to why people have the right to bear arms, they’re feeding guns to people. So many groups forming and arming themselves attack others. Is this system going to work? How could Donald Trump come up with this idea? To earn profits and they have no regard for the children? Schools should be a safe place for our children.

For three reasons:

Of course as we know, kids touch everything and anything they can get their little hands on. Their curiosity gets the best of them and something could go wrong if they got their hands on a gun and pulled the trigger. Duh! What do you expect? They’re kids! Who knows what they could do if they got ahold of a gun, shoot another kid or their teachers.

By arming our teachers, it will make kids fearful and uncomfortable to be around their teachers because they know they have a gun. To see a teacher’s gun on their side makes them feel weak and their teachers have all the power. They’ll be less likely to engage in conversation with their teachers because of fear. Fear causes so much psychological issues that can mess us up in the long run.

Remember, school is for the mind and not for our hands.

This could mean that children would have role models of teachers that threaten their students that if they misbehave to watch out because they have their guns at arms’ length. Which will instill a crippling fear to our kids. Resulting in these kids growing up with the mentality that if anyone messes with them that they better watch out because they’re armed. Maybe parents should be armed and use their gun as a way to discipline their kids. Where does it end?

But you have Trump and the NRA ready to get their hands at all the money. By providing and convincing people of “necessary training and guns.” Come on, seriously? It is so obvious, anyone can tell! And what’s more unreal… This is unreal. Like seriously unreal. It is like the epitome of unreal. Donald Trump saying if he were running schools there would be no shootings.

Come on! I still cannot believe he is actually running this country. Ew. That’s all I can say.

Thank you for watching my show!

Thanks Casey and Domenick for your interpreting!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (music fades)

Make sure you share, like, and subscribe this show!

Thank you, bye, everyone!

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

#NeverAgain

 

* Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

It’s an unreal time right now. It’s unreal to see the young people making a difference in response to the unfortunate shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, South Florida. I’m heart broken by this school shooting, that left 17 dead and many injured.

But, it’s really amazing how those survivors are standing up and fighting back to make a difference. I’m impressed with you, young people, out there giving us hope. Sometimes people get worried about who will run this country, who will be the future president, our leaders. But now, I see you, young people protesting and making a difference. Enough is enough!

You all are so inspiring and amazing! I’m really impressed by your #neveragain! Keep up the great work, guys! You really are making changes and a difference in so many places, resulting in many companies cutting their ties with the NRA. I applaud you all!

I know people are grieving and hurting from this recent tragedy, yet still you all are standing strong and are doing something about it! Wow, you all are brave group of people. I agree that guns need stricter laws and it needs to be harder for people with mental illness to have access to them. You guys are doing a great job! Thank you! I appreciate all that you’re doing!

I just want to say for the people who are angry with the young people that I mentioned. DON’T BE! They’re amazing young people who want to make a difference in. Which I applaud them. They’re not trying to remove your right to have a gun. They just want the laws to be stricter and make it harder for people with mental illness to have access to guns.

So many shootings happen because it’s so easy for people with mental illness to have access to guns. It’s a serious issue. We need gun laws reformed and improve our system!

I support these young kids 100%. To be clear, we’re not here to take your right to a gun as long as you’re mentally fit. We just want to make sure everyone is safe. As long as the government has guns, we should have guns as well. But an AR 15, for what? They’re for wars and schools are not war zones. AR 15s are killing machines that shoots multiple bullets at once. How can people run for their lives from an AR 15? It’s not right! Its purpose is for war, yet young people have easy access in obtaining an AR 15? Get real!

We need stricter gun laws! It needs to be more difficult for people to have access in owning a gun. Which is reasonable!

I applaud you, young people, you all inspire me!

I want to say something to Emma Gonzalez. You are remarkable! You are wonderful! I am impressed with your strength in calling out the bullshit. I agree, politicians and other adults are spewing bullshit left and right! Lives are being taken! C’mon government, do something about it! Over the years, it’s one shooting after the next.

You, young people, are really making difference. There are many of us behind you supporting you every step of the way to make it happen and it will!

Thank you for watching my show!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (music fades)

Thank you Casey and Domenick for your voice over!

Make sure you like, comment, share, and subscribe this show!

Thanks everyone, bye!

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.

You Might Be Intelligent, But Are You Emotionally Intelligent?

Do you ever get irritated, pissed off, excited, nervous, frustrated, jealous, disappointed, hurt, sad, lonely, confused, crying, etc…? If so, congratulations, you are probably human! Emotional intelligence is a trait that’s important in building relationships with other people, and even more important in building a relationship with yourself.
Do you want to see how Emotionally Intelligent you are? Check out this episode, “You Might Be Intelligent, But Are You Emotionally Intelligent?” Enjoy!

Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

Visual Description of Episode:

Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope. 

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

You know how you’re reading an article online and usually on the right hand side you’ll see a little box that links you to another website. Of course as I’m looking at it, I think to myself it must be interesting and then I’m reading another article. I then notice on that website there’s another box on the side too, which links to me another interesting article. I couldn’t help myself. Before I knew it I was reading hundreds and hundreds of articles. I love to learn.

All that reading introduced me to the term “emotional fitness”. I thought to myself, “Emotional fitness, what’s that all about?” When I think of the word fitness, I think of going out for a workout, at least to me anyway. Emotional fitness, say what now? The more I kept reading, the more I was intrigued.

Right now, the world, especially our culture here in America, our emotions are out of whack, seriously. You all see what’s going on outside in our streets; so much violence it’s like a never ending maze. Negative thoughts consume us. What we witness consumes us. Whether it’s our environment, the workplace, and life’s stresses. So much is going on all around us.

Then it hit me, totally makes sense. Emotional Fitness will help us increase our emotional intelligence. Our EQ does not focus on academic intelligence, EQ relates with our emotional state. Many people are not in tuned with their emotions and they don’t manage their emotions all that well. From not being comfortable to our most in-depth emotion, people are not well equipped. Personally, I feel that emotional fitness is crucial to maintain. The more I kept reading about emotional fitness the more I realized how true it is, not many people have the tools to deal with their emotions. It’s natural for life to have challenges for us to face every day and obstacles coming at us left and right. We have to work so hard just to get by.

It’s considered being emotional unhealthy to sit down and not do anything. It’s not healthy to complain every day that everything isn’t fair, why me, and just blame the world for everything negative in your life. The never ending why me and it’s not fair is considered a low level of emotional intelligence. Life knocks us down, things happen, we have a range of negative feelings consuming us, and sometimes we don’t understand them. But, that’s part of life. That’s part of being human.

So what are we going to do? Learn to adapt our emotions to any situation that life throws at us. That’s when emotional intelligence is at a high level, accepting the things that are going on around us and being able to navigate through it all to achieve our goals and dreams. Take what you want to do with your lives without having the negative environments, negative situations, and all the negativity that goes on in this world get in the way of our lives. It makes so much sense!

As I kept reading more, I was hooked with what I was learning. In sports, for example the NFL, football players have a sports psychologists and fitness therapists. I never knew that! Fitness therapists do assessments on athletes to ensure no pressures or negative stressors get in the way of their ability to play. Wow, I didn’t realize how many areas of therapy there were. I know there’s physical therapy. I know there’s counseling. Which they both make sense. But exercises therapy relates with the emotional and the mental and making sure it’s not getting in the way of the physical. It gave me a lot to think about. It makes sense.

Without the mind the body can’t function and without the body the mind can’t function. The mind and body connection need to be in tuned in order to be whole. You can’t workout excessively and get ripped but on the inside you feel lost and depressed. It’s important to make sure your mind and body are in synced. Especially for athletes playing sports ranging from basketball, track, football, soccer, and baseball. Athletes have to be able to handle the stress and pressure that comes with sports. It makes sense, wow.

Now people are waking up with what’s going on in America. We have to deal with our busy lives every day, not like in the past where people felt more at ease. Now we have triggers everywhere especially with social media, so many stressful platforms/environments. It’s good for us to develop and maintain our emotional fitness.

For starters, we need to ask ourselves, how are we feeling, what are we doing, how are we with our emotions, and how are we with people. Ask yourself, “Do I have patience? Do I need to increase my tolerance? Why do I get so frustrated so easily? Why is that thing tearing me down?” These are the kinds of questions we need to ask ourselves, and we need to be honest with ourselves. What level are we in regards with emotional fitness? There are people who are highly intelligent academically, but when it comes to their emotions, they aren’t well equipped.

Again, you have to be honest with yourself with what we’re feeling. Some people are born athletes, play sports comes natural to them. Whereas some people have to put in that extra mile to be an amazing athlete. It’s the same with emotional fitness. Some people are born with the ability to handle their emotions better than others. Some people struggle to manage their emotions but eventually develop the tools they need.

What does it mean to be emotionally fit? Confidence in ourselves. Pride in being able to stand out and not needing the approval from others. Navigating life on our own and feeling good about ourselves!

It’s crucial to take part of mindfulness. Be mindful of the present. Don’t worry the past. Don’t worry about the future. Be in the present moment. What can I do right now to make an improvement? That’s what mindfulness is all about; focusing on the now without the worries of the past, the future, and center ourselves.

Also having resilience, as you know sometimes we face things and we fall. It doesn’t matter how many times we fall; what matters is how many times we get back up. Finding the strength to face it all over again. Making mistakes, failures or whatever it may be you can push past it. Even though life gets crazy and we don’t always get what we want. Despite it all, you can go back and try again. That’s what matters.

Make that commitment to yourselves. Believing in ourselves without fear but with faith. Have faith in yourself. Know that you can do it. All the negative feelings and worries means not being healthy and not being emotionally fit. Despite it all, having the resilience to know that sometimes we face challenges, and sometimes we fail but with faith in ourselves we can get there. That’s what matters. To be committed with faith and not with fear because with fear you’re taking steps going back.

Now we’ll wrap up with boundaries and limitations. The ability to say, “No.” The ability to say, “Don’t cross that line. No is no. Respect my wishes.” Also the ability to walk away when they don’t respect your wishes. All that I’ve mentioned in this episode is important to have in order to be emotionally fit. It’s a lifetime worth of work, we can’t manage what goes on in the world but we can manage ourselves and how we react to our environment.

Thank you for watching my show!

Thanks Casey and Domenick for interpreting me!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (music fades)

Ciao everyone!

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

 

Dear Smartphone, Who’s the Fairest of Them All?

Hello Fab Fans! My apologies for not having subtitles and visual description this time due to an unexpected circumstance of the amazing subtitle/visual description writer. We are only able to provide voice over and transcript available at this time. Please bear with us. This is only temporary! Subtitles and visual description will be added at a later time. Thank you for your understanding and support!

The Transcript:

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

Visual Description:  Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope. The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

It’s important to love yourself, take care of yourself, and help yourself. But what happens if a person solely focuses on loving themselves, helping themselves, and only take care of myself? What will that turn into? Narcissism.

See this picture? That’s narcissism. The origin of the word came during the Ancient Greek Mythology era. According to mythologists, it all started with the story of, Narcissism, a handsome young man a really like oh my god gorgeous handsome guy. All the people in his town went crazy over him. Which he couldn’t wrap his mind around as to why everyone was so obsessed. Which he didn’t get, since there were no mirrors during his time he didn’t understand what was so special. All the girls would run and chase after him.

Then, one day, Narcissism ran away into the Forbidden Forest. Walking through the forest, he stumbled upon a pond. He looked in the water and fell in love with his reflection, fell in love with himself. That was it, he was infatuated with himself. As you can see in this picture. Mythologists say that comparing the story of Narcissism to the modern day world, not much has changed. Clearly! It’s obvious! As clear as water, being able to see right through it, kind of clear.

Now, fast forward to today, mental health providers, psychologists, scientists, counselors, teachers, and other fields are noticing a trending rate of more people being narcissists. Especially when it comes to social media, as most of you know people invest their entire life to social media and their smartphones. People don’t even notice what’s around them anymore, which raises a lot of concern. Especially with the younger generations, the Millennials and Generation Z glued to their screens because it’s what’s the most important thing to them. Scrolling through their smartphones for hours on end, now narcissism is on the rise at a fast and alarming rate. Social media engineers, claim social media networking sits are to bring people together, supporting each other’s struggles, and celebrating achievements.

The truth of the matter is, that’s not true. Social media engineers’ purpose is to group people individually against one another by the competition. Who has the most likes? Who has the most subscribers? Who has the most retweets? It’s like a competition of who has the most followers and if you don’t have enough it lowers your self-esteem. That’s social media engineers’ goals and it’s working.

Social media is influencing many professions. Such as, yoga. People are feeding their egos with yoga. Well experienced yogis are disturbed by this trend of new age modern school practices and encourages self-promoting. When in actuality, yoga’s purpose is to remove one’s ego. It’s now being twisted to feed one’s ego. The whole, look at me, look at me I can do all these poses. This is causing a growing trend of yoga related injuries.

People are getting hurt because they’re doing it for attention and getting hurt in the process of it all. It’s all about them. To have the world look at them, worship them, and like their selfies. Yogi, Yoga instructors, and yoga enthusiasts’ students tend to be personable and interact with different people. But that’s not the case, it’s all about look what I can do. Look what I can do. As I take a million selfies every day.

Which also applies to the world of fitness. Narcissists are no strangers to it. It’s all about how do I look in this selfie and can you take a picture of me. Staring at the mirror endlessly. Posing and taking mirror pics. It’s becoming difficult for personal trainers who take their job and fitness seriously to be paired with clients who do it for the gram. It’s all about the selfies. Look at me. Look at my muscles. Follow me. Follow for follow. Just like with yoga. Follow me.

Teachers inspire and influence their students to be responsible to get help and benefits from this. Instead people are too concerned with themselves. Look at me and my big biceps.

It’s not just yoga and fitness, even spiritualists. Where their purpose is to deliver the message god’s message, and introducing people to God. Preach and spread God’s truth. Sadly, it’s not anymore. Spiritualists are doing it for the theatrics, attention, and praise.

People are realizing the severity of the narcissism. It raises a lot of concerns. People who have low self-esteem will be desperate to believe whatever is in front of them.

In the world of social media, there are some people who are popular because they always wear the top fashion brands and are always taking selfies of their stylish outfits. But in reality, we don’t know them and we don’t know if it’s theirs. Some people go to stores, try on clothes, and take selfies. They are giving the illusion of a lavish life that they’re not living and fooling their followers all to get more likes and more shares.

Researchers are noticing this growing trend going around. It’s getting serious. Now parents and their relationships with their babies are replaced with smartphones. Parents are staring at their phones with their babies and kids. Children are witnessing their parents dealing with their smartphones and mimic that behavior. I don’t know how I feel about that.

People need to be more careful when it comes to yoga, fitness, and spiritual artists by making sure they’re legit. That they’re doing it for the benefit of others and aren’t in it for themselves and feeding their egos. It’s all about the likes, shares, subscriptions, and retweets feeding the egos and giving people the instant validation that they get from all the likes and comments.

Researchers also noticing that some parents are over praising their children at an alarming rate. Which results in kids expecting and needing that attention, and thus becoming narcissists.

It’s something that we all need to think about. Looking at social media and seeing what it’s doing to us. Keep in mind that once a person is a narcissist they don’t see themselves as a narcissist. They’re incapable of seeing themselves that way. Narcissists can’t see themselves, they only look for the praise but anything negative they can’t see it or don’t want to see it. They’re in denial. They’ll think they’re fine. They’ll think they’re normal. Narcissism is on the rise!

Researchers, psychologists and other mental health professionals bring up the discussion whether this is a danger to society. No but it does impact people’s perspective. Narcissist spread an artificial life. Like, Avatar, an out of this world life. People looked at it with envy, which results in lowering their self-esteem. They have it all, but we don’t. Narcissism also impacts relationships, everything is a lie and an exaggeration. Which is unsettling.

All of what I mentioned going on is something we all need to keep in the back of our minds. Especially parents, having to teach your children that there’s better things to do than being glued to devices and technology.

Thank you for watching my show, I hope you enjoyed it!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thank you Domenick and Casey for interpreting me!

Please make sure you share, like, subscribe, and comment my show!

Thank you and goodbye!

(The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below. A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

#HearingPriviledge

DISCLAIMER *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode)Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a dress with grey, lime green, white, and black stripes on it. It’s matched with black stocking underneath and knee-high green leather boots. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing dark brown colored lip stick. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the logo is a small black table against the wall that has a glass vase with pink, white, and red daisy flowers in it. In front of the flowers is a white sign that says, “You can do anything” and a white and pink striped coffee mug that says, ”Do what you *heart*” written on it in black

Hey everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

I want to make this clear, my show is for both Deaf and non-Deaf people. Signers and non-signers. My show will benefit you the non-Deaf people watching this who don’t know sign. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll know what to do next time you meet Deaf people for the first time. So you can give a positive experience to Deaf people professionally, personally, and socially. It really varies in the number of fields you may encounter a Deaf person and you’ll know what to do because of this episode! This will be great exposure for you all!

So please, don’t assume when watching my show, “Oh she’s signing so that means this is only for Deaf people only.” Nope, this show is for both Deaf and non-Deaf people, that’s why my show has voice over. Got it?

Which leads me to talk about interpreter compliments…

(insert a picture of a conference, a meeting, a workshop, and a picture of an interpreter signing next to a presenter)

As you can see these different images showing conferences, meetings, workshops, shows, places where people gather and you see an interpreter standing in the front.

(insert a picture of two erasers placed on concrete standing next to a mushroom plant growing in between the two pieces of concrete, one is pink and one eraser is orange and both have a face drawn on them. Across from them is a blue eraser looking at them)

You might be inspired and go up to them and tell them, “Wow you’re here to get up and interpret. Wow you’re a savior. You’re helping the Deaf community. Wow you’re so good. Where did you learn sign language? Where can I learn sign language?”

(insert picture of 5 business men sitting in a row of chairs separated by one empty chair and a woman sitting on the last chair. All of the men are having a conversation and are all looking at the second man in awe while the woman seems to be looking over at them alone”)

And the many other questions you might want to ask when you see an interpreter.

But be careful. Imagine if you want to attend a meeting, conference, workshop, or a show you can literally look at your schedule and say, “Oh I can go to this conference. I can go to this workshop. I can go to this meeting.” Really, any last minute thing you want to attend you can. But you need to think twice about Deaf people.

(insert a white screen that reads “#HearingPrivilege” in black letters)

We don’t have that privilege like you guys do. Which means, if a Deaf person has to go to a meeting but doesn’t have an interpreter available, we’re told it’s our responsibility to book them in advanced. By the time I get one, the meeting is already over. Or there’s an expo that has tons of information about health and fitness Deaf people are ready to go and have fun but we can’t, we have to reserve an interpreter in advance. Oh great! There’s a fashion show and I called to see if a few of us could attend the show but no we couldn’t because we had to book an interpreter ahead of time.

Now we have to wait for it to come back again next year. That’s what Deaf people have to experience on a day to day basis. We constantly have to map out our lives ahead of time if we want to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, shows or whatever the event is. We have to plan it out ahead of time. And by planning it, it means we’re contacting coordinators letting them know we’re Deaf and we need an interpreter. Sometimes it is a battle because entities don’t want to pay for it. They think, “Deaf people aren’t our target audience. Our target audience are hearing people. Hearing people are fine but Deaf people are shoved aside because they don’t “have the budget for it.”

We have to go back and forth with people and remind them of the ADA law and they’re required to provide interpreters to ensure Deaf people have access to information. That’s when they start to realize, once they know they’re required by law. Then these coordinators have to reach out with different interpreting agencies, and sometimes agencies are not really doing it for Deaf people, they’re doing it for the money.

(insert picture of a business man and a business woman talking to a woman)

So a lot of the times they don’t care and they just send a warm body.

Imagine being frustrated at an all weekend conference because of an unqualified interpreter. The interpreters don’t understand the content of the conference, they don’t sign well, and they don’t understand sign language. When they’re interpreting into English they sound like they’re speaking broken English instead of interpreting accurately. Which results in us Deaf people looking bad, interpreters are what we use to make an impression to hearing people and sometimes they make us look bad. It’s something that we have to face from time to time. We try to make the best out of it and try to keep things moving along.

(insert picture of a bunch of blue stick figures holding hands in a circle while one orange stick figure stands outside the circle with it’s arms open and alone)

Sometimes people don’t even realize we’re quiet the entire time because of this. They don’t realize we’re stuck with an unqualified interpreter. Also, how do we even express that to them? That wouldn’t run smoothly. It may come off as sounding stupid or not important and then we lose an opportunity.

(insert blue screen that reads, “Media & Event, Accessibility for Deaf & HOH People” in white letters)

I want you all to think twice when you want to run towards an interpreter when you see one. You need to remember, we Deaf people are just like you non-Deaf people out there.

(insert picture of a group of people networking and smiling while meeting one another)

We want to seize potential opportunities.

(insert art of a small guy holding a balloon that says “idea” and a large money bag that has an, “$” on it next to him and is the same size as him being held by a person’s hand)

To meet potential sponsors, investors, business partners,

(insert picture of a bunch of business people smiling in a line)

or developing business relationships with different people and expanding our networks.

(insert screen that covers the whole screen which is a picture of a bunch of people all putting their hands in the center and on top of one another to show they are a team)

I work hard to be who I am. I want to show who I am to people.

(insert white screen that reads “Access to your success” with a box and pens and books coming out of it)

(insert another screen that is blue and reads in 3 white strips with black letters, “Check” “your” “privilege” )

So when a non-Deaf person runs up and talks to the interpreter, that robs my time. You’re taking away my opportunity to network. You could’ve asked me those questions and start a conversation. Like, wow this is awesome that we have an interpreter. We can form a relationship because you’re here for business and I’m here for business too. We could’ve formed a relationship but instead you ignored us and ran to the interpreter. The interpreter is there for a different purpose than we are, the interpreter is here to facilitate communication between Deaf people and non-Deaf people, thats it.

That’s their goal for attending, to make sure effective communication is taking place. And really, you’re gaining nothing talking to an interpreter who is not even there for what you’re there for. It’s a loss for me when you non-Deaf people run up and have a full blown conversation with the interpreter. It’s offensive. It’s not respectful by any means. You know, Deaf people are the best people to ask all those burning questions that you want to ask about ASL classes and interpreters. We can give you the full scoop, and you can learn a lot from us Deaf people. We have brains for you to pick! I notice you non-Deaf people running to have a full blown conversation with the interpreter. You don’t realize you’re taking time away from me having opportunities to recruit potential team players for my team. By talking to the interpreter, you’re robbing potential exposure, information, exchange of resources, advice, and the many other things that you non-Deaf people get when you go to these events. But here you all are running to have a one-on-one conversation with the interpreter, you forgot about me. It’s really disrespectful and then sometimes I have to chime in and introduce myself. Which for whatever reason throws hearing people off and makes them feel awkward. Then time pasts and things work out smoothly.

I want this episode to be shared to spread awareness. I want you to keep in this in mind, you have hearing privilege. Which means you have access to pretty much any and everything out there. You can literally roll out of bed and know you have access to everything. Im asking “Will we have access? Will there be captions? Will we have an interpreter? Will we have? Will we have?”We have to ask these questions to make sure we have access to information, communication, captions, and the list just goes on of the daily concerns we have.

So again please, be aware of your hearing privilege.

Thank you I appreciate your time!

I hope you benefit from this episode and learned something new! Have a great day everyone!

Thank you for watching my show!

Thanks Domenick and Casey for interpreting!

(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!” (music fades)

(The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

Make sure you like, share, comment, and subscribe to my show! Bye everyone!

NAD and NFL Super Bowl 2018

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her. *

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jump rope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

An episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a black leather jacket over a grey blouse that has a sequenced and bedazzled mouth on it. Aidan is wearing black, tight pants and black stiletto pointed pump heels. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing a dark brown matte colored lipstick. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the logo is a small black table against the wall that has a brown frame that reads, “Love Lives Here,” with a black heart and a white arrow pointed toward Aidan. Next to it is a small pentagon shaped plant pot that appears tilted forward with small green plants inside of it. She has a pink and white striped mug next to the pot that reads, “Do what you (heart).”

Transcript:

Hey everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

This year’s Super Bowl NFL Champion game was a heated one!

(Insert picture of the Super Bowl trophy and the two teams helmets on either side of it. On the left is the Patriot’s silver helmet and on the right is the Eagles’ dark teal helmet.)

Eagles vs. The Patriots, and the Eagles won! I was like #unreal. Congratulations, Eagles!

(Insert portrait picture of Alexandria Wailes)

 I also want to recognize the person who signed the National Anthem and America the Beautiful during this year’s Super Bowl, her name is Alexandria Wailes. She’s a choreographer, director, actress, and an ASL consultant. Congratulations, Alexandria!

(Insert portrait of P!nk)

This year’s Super Bowl singer was Pink, P!NK with an exclamation mark!

(Insert picture of P!nk’s album cover, “Beautiful Trauma.”)

I really love her!

(Insert picture of P!nk in a black dress with a hot pink background drop)

I love her music; she’s one of my favorite singers. She’s confrontational. She pushes people outside their comfort zones. She’s not afraid to bring up taboo topics. She makes a difference for young girls and women in the community. She wakes people up from thoughts in their subconscious into their consciousness. She raises awareness with what’s going on in the world. I just love her and have a lot of respect for her!

And I feel, in some ways we share some similarities. Guess what? Her last name is Moore, just like my last name was before I got adopted. Moore, maybe we’re related? Oh I’m just kidding!

(Insert picture of P!nk’s single cover for “Stupid Girls” where she is covered in bubbles on a car)

I love her one song, “Stupid Girls.” Which she talks about girls who just promote themselves as pretty girls. Girls are more than just a pretty face. Girls are doctors, athletes, and just overall doing something other than being just a pretty girl. I love that song, and other of her songs as well! Again, I have so much respect for her.

(Insert picture of NAD’s logo, black letters N,A,D forming a circle with drawings of hands waving underneath it)

Now it’s the perfect time to discuss NAD (National Association of the Deaf), which is a civil rights organization. They’re a great organization! They fight hard for our rights. They make sure we have access to all information. They make sure we get the same opportunities. Equality. They make sure we get jobs without discrimination because of us being Deaf. The list is endless with what the organization does for us Deaf people.

(Insert picture of NBC’s logo for L II Super Bowl coverage)

 NBC Super Bowl decided to reach out to NAD to select the person who will be signing at the Super Bowl. Personally, I don’t feel like NAD, the National Association of the Deaf is the right organization to make the decision. They are more of a political organization, and concerned with their appearance as an organization. Which means they will select a non-confrontational person that behaves well and will represent NAD appropriately.

On the other hand, you have the Super Bowl which hires artists that are can be confrontational, out of this world, and totally random artists. Because that’s what artists are. Now these two have joined forces and working together to make the choice, ehhh that’s something I disagree with. Just like any political organization, they have favoritism, NAD has their own favorites and will pick from their small pool of favorites.

Personally, what I feel is right is that the Super Bowl NBC have a director or coordinator, and for the Deaf people who want to sign at the Super Bowl can submit videotapes through YouTube. Videotapes, what an old word! Sorry about that, I guess I’m still old fashion! Anyway, sending them through YouTube or some private website. Then review the submitted videos and pick out the one that is a good fit, I think that’s a fair process, right? They can pick any artists ranging, from the most confrontational artist to the more reserved artists, there’s a huge spectrum of artists whereas NAD will pick from their limited range of only noncontroversial and people pleasing artists.

I don’t think Alexandria is a good match for P!NK. Alexandria is not confrontational, she is so comfortable in her comfort zone, and she doesn’t push people outside their comfort zones. She’s more of a people pleasing who gets along with everyone.

(Insert picture of Adele and Jennifer Lopez)

Personally I think she’s a better match for singer Adele or Jennifer Lopez that makes more sense. But P!NK? She’s very confrontational, and speaks out even though it’ll make people pissed off she still speaks out. I didn’t think it was a good fit, do you know what I mean? That’s why I feel that NAD is not the right organization to pick artists for the Super Bowl.

Thank you for watching to my show!

Make sure you all like, comment, share, and subscribe!

Thank you Casey and Domenick for your fabulous voice over!

 (The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

(Music fades)

The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (Dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.)

 

The Origins of My Favorite Holiday, Valentine’s Day

DISCLAIMER: *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

The Transcript:

(Visual Description of Episode) – Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

An Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a black dress with red striped panels going vertically down the dress. Aidan is wearing black stockings with red high heel stilettos. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing bright red colored lip stick and silver hoop earrings. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the logo is a small black table against the wall that has a small sign that says “love” on it. The “O” is a red heart and the word has a silver arrow going through it.

 Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

It’s #unreal that Valentine’s Day is almost here.

(insert pictures of many pink, red, and white hearts)

Time flies. It kind of feels like I’m sitting on a train looking through the window and as the train moves I feel like each holiday is passing by. Then the train stops, I come out and there’s “Happy Valentine’s Day” everywhere.

(insert picture of Hershey’s kisses chocolate candies with a hearts attached to each one on a stick)

 Alright, life, slow down will ya!

Anyway, Valentine’s Day is really one of my favorite holidays. Whether I’m in a relationship or single, I still enjoy Valentine’s Day. The meaning of the holiday for me is, loving yourself and loving others. You can’t love other people if you don’t love yourself. It’s really important to love yourself so you can love other people.

(insert picture of the word “love” with each letter on a red heart hanging on red string. Underneath says, “Happy Valentine Day”)

And that’s why I feel my definition of Valentine’s Day makes sense, love yourself and love others.

I think Valentine’s Day applies to both single people and those in relationships. Some people say, “Oh, but I don’t have a boyfriend.” Come on, there are many things you can enjoy on Valentine’s Day. Treat yourself, you deserve to have time with and for yourself.

Anyway, I’m really excited about this episode because ever since I started my website, aidanmack.com, I’ve written several posts about Valentine’s Day over the years until now where I’m finally shooting an episode about Valentine’s Day! Yay!

I was thinking about what to talk about for today’s episode. I thought about St. Valentine and how this one Saint became the holiday we celebrate today. As I was   doing my research, I was like #UNREAL and I want to share it with you all.

(insert picture of a graphic that reads, “The tale of St. Valentine” with a drawing of him, wine, and celebratory images)

 I want to let everyone know, before I dive into the origin of the story about St. Valentine, it’s still speculations. I just want to clear that up with you all. I decided to pick one story I found and give you guys the full scoop about it.

Did you know there were 3 priests all named St. Valentine?

(insert picture of a priest with a red garment wrapped around him)

 The first was from Rome, Italy. The second was from former Interamna, Italy, but now current Terni, Italy. And the third was from Province of Africa. It’s still unknown as to why the St. Valentine from Africa was killed.

(insert graphic of the third priest holding a bible and wearing a white robe)

 There were also many other priests killed as well.

(insert 3 more pictures of other priests)

They were all martyred, which means someone who strongly believe in a religion or idea and got killed for their belief. All three of the St. Valentines I mentioned were martyred.

Going back to the first St. Valentine from Rome, which back at that time was ruled by King Claudius II.

(insert picture of a sculpture of King Claudius II)

He was really a horrible person. He did awful things. He was involved in a lot of unpopular bloody behaviors.

(insert picture of a drawing of a catastrophe involving violence)

He was involved with beheadings, with cutting off limbs, and overall involved with slow process of torturing and killing people.

The list goes on of the horrendous things he’d done.

(insert picture of a drawing of a ware involving Claudius’ army men)

 Anyway, Claudius tried to recruit a lot of men to make his army strong. But, he had a hard time recruiting men due to the fact that many were not willing to join the army because of their strong commitment to their wives and families.

(insert picture of an ancient piece of art of a man with a child and a woman enjoying each other’s company)

 Claudius was furious, and decided to ban marriage altogether.

(insert picture of a bride and groom with a red circle and line going through it showing it being illegal)

 That’s how St. Valentine came to be, a priest who blatantly ignored Claudius’ orders. He still continued to wed countless couples who wanted to get married.

(insert picture of a drawing of Claudius marrying a couple)

 Claudius caught wind of this and ordered St. Valentine to be thrown in jail.

(insert picture of a drawing of Claudius in a large jail cell with other inmates)

While in jail, he often saw another inmate’s daughter who visited her father while he was in jail.

(insert picture of a black and white drawing of the inmate and his daughter passing an envelope with a heart on it)

That inmate’s daughter and St. Valentine developed a friendship. It was then when St. Valentine knew his time was coming to an end, and wrote a letter to his own daughter. At the end of the letter he wrote Farewell, Your Valentine. And it’s because of that, which made the impact of the holiday we celebrate today. In the end, St. Valentine was sentenced to be attacked by clubs and then beheaded. That’s what happened and why we show respect on Valentine’s Day.

Another origin of Valentine’s Day, comes from the Pagan holiday “Feast of Lupercalia” which basically was a fertility ritual celebration with the goal to purify the town and avert evil spirits away.

(insert picture of a drawing of the Feast of Lupercalia celebration, a half man half goat, and another picture of a joyous celebration)

In the hopes of people being more fertile and reproducing more.

(insert picture of fertility celebration and a picture of an egg with a face on it with various sperms and one smiling while attaching to it) 

Which was pretty #unreal to read about. It was celebrated from February 13th to the 15th.

(insert a picture of the celebration ritual taking place amongst many people)

 During the ritual, they kill two goats and two puppies for sacrificial purposes.

(insert picture of the killing ritual happening)

The sacrifices were to ensure love, fertility, and overall health. After the animals were sacrificed, young women were lined up and were hit with thongs to make sure they were in fact fertile.

(insert picture of the women lined up and partaking in the ritual)

 These young women really believed in the holiday but experienced a lot of abuse and torture. They literally had a box filled with names of young women, and would pick out names and start the ritual. Having sex under the influence of alcohol was involved.

(insert picture of what the ritual was believed to look like)

 It’s wasn’t nice to know that women back then were considered property and were treated inhumanely, and how long it continued and progressed.

Until Pope Gelaseius caught wind of this and did not approve.

(insert a portrait picture of Pope Gelaseius)

He decided to abolish “Feast of Lupercalia” reclaim, changed, and announced it to be St. Valentine’s Day. To honor and love God which was his purpose as a pope.

(insert picture of a red screen with a white heart that has the words, “Happy Valentine’s Day” in white letters inside of the heart)

There’s a lot of talk out there that it’s a possibility that the combination of the Pagan’s “Feast of Lupercalia” and the murder and beheading of St. Valentine are the origins of the holiday today. #Unreal story, right?

I hope you all enjoyed this story!

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(The two interpreters appear signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thank you Casey and Domenick for your time interpreting my show, thanks guys!

Bye!

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The Aidan Mack Show logo appears again. (dark blue and black background) with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.) A white screen with social media websites appears directly after.

Haircuts for the Homeless in Philly & NYC

The more we give back to the community, the more fulfilling, stronger, confident, and healthier we feel. It’s not all about money – we can also give our time, ideas, and energy. _\m/ Aidan Mack

The Transcript:

DISCLAIMER:  *The views expressed here are those of Aidan Mack. They do not reflect the views of the interpreters engaged in interpreting her.*

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Video opens with upbeat music and views of New York City, while Aidan Mack exercises with a jumprope.

The screen shifts to her turning down a road lined with green trees in a red motorcycle, while a red car passes by. Aidan Mack then appears in a fancy closet/fitting room wearing a black dress with black heels, while she spins around looking in the mirror. The screen then shows Aidan Mack sitting in a dressing room at a Hollywood-style vanity mirror, lined in a circle with bright light bulbs where the camera films her reflection in the mirror as she flips her hair and whips out her magenta, pink lipstick applying it to her lips with a grin into the mirror. Aidan Mack is then seen in the center of New York City, standing in the middle of Time Square where the camera circles her as she looks around with an astonished look in her eyes and face at the flashing lights and billboards surrounding her. The host, Aidan Mack then opens her show as she walks down Time Square’s glowing, ruby-red stairs while bystanders sitting behind her on the stairs watch her introduce her show in American Sign Language (ASL).  

The screen shifts to The Aidan Mack Show logo (dark blue and black background with a cartoon figure of Aidan Mack in a black dress and heels holding up the ASL hand shape for ‘I Love You,’ standing next to three shopping bags (pink, blue, and yellow) lined up in size order with the website: www.aidanmack.com below.

Episode opens with Aidan Mack wearing a red blouse under a black blazer-suit jacket and red pants with knee-high black leather boots. Her brown, short hair is worn down and she is wearing a brown matte colored lip stick. She is wearing small silver hoop earrings in her ears. She is sitting in front of a vintage, finished wood panels that creates a tarnished-bronze and brown looking wood background on a hot pink chair that is formed in the shape of a big hand.  On the wood behind her, displays The Aidan Mack Show logo on Aidan’s right with 3 pictures of pink hearts as trees in pink grass to the side of the logo, each one with different background sky colors.  Below the Aidan Mack Show logo is a small black table against the wall that has a yellow pot with a purple flower inside of it and a blue pot with a red flower inside of it. In between the two pots sits a white coffee mug that has “#love” written on it in red.

 

Hello everyone and welcome to The Aidan Mack Show!

Everyone loves a story of someone giving back to the community. I recently read two articles today and I feel they’re worth sharing with you all at home. These articles talk about two guys, one in Philadelphia and one in NYC, both of these touched my hearts for what they did for their cities.

(insert picture of Brennon Jones giving a haircut to a homeless man)

Let’s start with Philadelphia first, this is Brennon Jones and he’s a fashion designer. After work he tends to give money and food to homeless people and as he was doing that he realized that it’s not the most effective way to give back and it’s not the impact he wants to make.

It started with a conversation with one homeless person…

Jones asked him how he felt about people giving him money and he said it is a nice gesture.”

He also asked him how he felt about people giving him food, which he also said was nice.

Then Jones asked him about getting haircuts.

He said he had no desire to go to a salon because he didn’t want to deal with other people’s reaction to homeless people

Then Jones said/asked, him how he would feel about bringing the salon to him wherever he was located.

(insert picture of Jones giving a haircut to a homeless man in the street in a different part of town with a sign in the background that says, “Haircuts for the Homeless.”)

So Jones just went ahead brought the salon to the streets and started giving haircuts. When you look good you feel good, just like a breath of fresh air. After that Jones realized to keep this going and thus creating “Haircuts for the Homeless,” which can be setup anywhere on any street.

(insert picture of Jones giving another haircut to a homeless man in another part of town with the same sign up)

 Wherever is most comfortable for homeless people, and the haircuts just kept on coming. Which led to a good Samaritan who noticed what Brennon was doing, that guy’s name is, Sean Johnson who happens to be a barber shop owner in the area.

(insert picture of Brennon and Sean together)

He wanted to meet with Brennon and once he met up with Brennon he offered to hire him and pay him to do the haircuts for the homeless. Brennon politely declined the offered and said, “It’s just something I’m passionate about to give haircuts to homeless people, but thank you.” After that conversation, Sean was thinking about what else could he do to and then he realized there was an available/vacant shop in the area so why not offer it to Brennon.

 (insert picture of Brennon and Sean standing outside of the barbershop together)

Brennon was a little on the fence with going forward with it, then Sean made the point that to at least utilize it during the winter time and it’s too cold to stand outside and give out haircuts.

(insert picture of Brennon and Sean together in black shirts one reads, “Spread Love,” the other reads, “Tappers Barber” *spelling?*)

Brennon realized he made a good point and they both went to the shop and their dream became a reality. The shop is called “Phenomenon Perfection”, they offer Makeover Mondays for homeless people who can’t afford services. And the rest of the week the shop is open for regular paying customers. The proceeds from the haircuts will be donated to local food banks and personal needs ready to be given to the homeless people in the area. It’s really nice. Sean Johnson felt like this experience was totally worth it. Sometimes his regular shop is busy, he can send customers to the other shop and not have customers waiting long for a haircut. Also on Mondays people from his shop go to the new shop to help out for the homeless people and their needs. This story really touched my heart!

So next…excuse me.

(Aidan Mack takes sip out of “#love” white mug)

You know it’s Winter time when having the heat makes your mouth so dry. Anyway!

The next story is in New York City!

(insert picture of Mark Bustos giving a haircut in the streets of NYC)

This is Mark Bustos, he’s a high-end stylist in the industry and has been involved in many/numerous/countless well-known magazines. One day he was staring out his window and was wondering how he could give back and seeing all the negative in the world occurring. Mark decided that he wanted to do something and spread positive energy and hope to this world, he thought haircuts specifically haircuts for homeless people would work.

(insert picture of Bustos giving a haircut to a homeless man, a picture next to it shows the after results of the haircut and the homeless man smiling)

 Mark hit the streets of NYC and found homeless people and gave out haircuts.

(insert another picture of Bustos giving a haircut in the streets of NYC to a man with shoulder length hair)

After their haircuts, homeless people feel good about themselves. Mark and his family are originally from the Philippines which they travel to quite often.

 (insert picture of Bustos giving haircuts in the Philippines to a group of children surrounding the barber chair)

They also rented a barbershop chair and lines starting forming with poor people who can’t afford. One young twelve-year-old boy was sitting in the chair looking sad/upset as he was getting a haircut he just thought he was getting a same old regular haircut. But this wasn’t just a regular haircut, he felt like he looked so much better and gave a smile to Mark and that really impacted him and he decided to continue this going forward.

It’s a really good thing to give back to the community. It’s something I will do once my show gains success I will give back to the community especially those who supported me, I’ll support right back!

Thank you for tuning to my show! And thank you Casey and Domenick for interpreting for my show!

(insert video of interpreters signing, “Thank you, Bye!”)

Thanks guys!

Please don’t forget to share, follow, like, and subscribe to The Aidan Mack Show!

Thank you!

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