Amanda’s vision for Access Vine came about by one main thought...The Golden Rule! Her training is designed around this principle, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". Diversity and inclusion require distinct acknowledgment, understanding, and action. It can be assessed as the extent to which deaf and hard of hearing people are to be valued, respected, accepted and encouraged to fully participate in any service, business or organization.
The above approach has helped Amanda with her mission to promote inclusiveness through her professional career as an advocate, educator, a Deaf community advocate, mentor, leader, and a presenter all across Texas.
Amanda worked as a Communication Access Specialist II with the Health and Human Services Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in Austin, Texas. She assisted with program goals, guidelines, procedures, and policies and provided consultative and technical services and training to agency program staff and other governmental agencies, both public and private. She served as a contract service provider for consumers and the general public. Amanda has utilized her personal and professional experience as a Deaf woman in positions of leadership and advocacy with adults and youth for the past 10 years. In addition to her work for the state, she has been active in several professional organizations, including Deaf Women United and Miss Deaf Texas organization.