By Blair Kinsley
What is more accessible than a guided tour in your preferred language? Maybe ramps, and automatic captioning, but that is something the United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum already features.
My name is Blair, and I have a goal to make the USOPM experience more accessible for all. I knew I wanted to become a tour guide when I first started at the Museum, with the goal to give tours to the Deaf community fully in American Sign Language.
I was born deaf, but I was raised with hearing aids and spoken language. It was not until I was 18 that I discovered ASL. Since then, I have had interpreters for school and guided tours. While interpreters are amazing people, there is something special about getting a tour by another deaf person that makes it much more authentic. True Biz.
During an ASL tour, guests will not only receive the full history about the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also get snippets about deaf athletes who have competed at the Games. Some of these names include Tamika Catching, Jeff Float, and a special mention of Haley Rose Gans.
Come on in and explore the history of the Olympics and Paralympics with me.