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Paige Beeber

By Amber Rottinghaus, staff writer

Art can be used for many things – to exhibit beauty, create movements or make political statements.

For Paige Beeber, art is a way for her to simply communicate in her day to day activities. Diagnosed with Auditory Processing Disorder at a young age, Paige always struggled with interpreting sounds, especially those composing speech, and often felt left out during social situations.

After being taken to Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and various other facilities in New York to help her with speech and hearing, she instead found she communicated best through art and visual cues.

She also found that the most effective and beautiful visual cues existed within ASL.

"I couldn’t believe there was a whole language and culture out there that solely relied on visual language," Paige said. "I was in absolute awe of sign language."

After learning sign, her love of the language inspired Paige to start her own business called Left Hands Free. Through the creation of stylish accessories and retail, the company helps educate people on ASL and spread inclusiveness, and also hopes to expand into learning disabilities.

"It is our belief that there are many incredible people in the world whose voices are yet to be heard due to lack of understanding and patience," she said.

The company’s name pays homage to Paige's passion for art, as her right hand is always busy drawing and coming up with new designs.

Such designs are created with the help of the deaf and hard of hearing community. As a member of various related Facebook pages, Paige often shares her designs through online forums and never processes projects until they are adequately approved by other members.

"I've learnt that there are many people out there who also want a more inclusive future and better job opportunities," she said. "I believe that businesses have a long way to go but to be welcomed to such a great community is an honor."

Left Hands Free has an Instagram and Facebook page. Their products can also be found on Etsy as www.etsy.com/shop/LEFTHANDSFREE.



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