We had the good fortune of connecting with Tanya Shaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tanya, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is my belief in myself. That is the foundation of all other factors that make me successful.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Interpreting Life for you was founded by myself in 2017. Our organization provides services that allow the deaf and hard of hearing to experience learning success and become life-long learners and contributing members of our community. I am most proud of having deaf parents, siblings and many others that gave me the opportunity to learn American Sign Language. Being that it was my first learned language at the age of Two, and having to step up early during my childhood to be that voice for my mother and sister. I told myself growing up that I didn’t want to be a sign language interpreter, having that I did it so much as a child. Not knowing there was other ways to express my talents; there is advocacy, teaching and more than just eliminating communication barriers. Was it easy, not at all, many days I thought it would just benefit everyone involved if I wasn’t so passionate about the changes needed. Nonetheless I’ve continued to press forward because if I don’t do anything else with my abilities I want to at least help make a change. Lessons I’ve learned along they way is that we can adapt to understanding the Deaf and Hard of hearing, but can they adapt to understanding the Hearing…..We have the abilities to learn ASL, but they can’t learn to hear. I want the world to know that Tanya, Interpreting Life for You, and that little girl being her mother’s voice has witness the need in the communities and it is beyond a priority to make change happen.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would suggest, staying in the downtown area with a night at the Omni Downtown Dallas. Allowing us to experience luxury stay, and opportunities to explore the night features of downtown. Returning to the hotel’s Bar to enjoy their bomb drinks. Then enjoying brunch or early lunch at Street’s Fine Chicken during the day. There is so many interesting places to go in the DFW metroplex, it’s honestly hard to pick a few.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my great grandmother, Willie McCoo, who raised me as if I was her own. Even though she gained her wings 4 years ago, she remains one of my biggest supporters. In addition to my husband, children and new found relationships with too many to name due to my ability to make a difference in the community.
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