As a Deaf person, Tanya Polstra earned her Master of Arts degree in disability studies in 2016 from California Baptist University; her area of emphasis was advocacy and public policy. Her deep passion for advocacy in the field of deafness encompasses education, employment, and ministry. Currently, Tanya works for Deaf Bible Society as the Senior Coordinator for Scripture Engagement. In addition, Tanya has worked for more than 20 years alongside interpreters and Deaf colleagues at various college campuses, churches and camp settings. She shares a message of encouragement to interpreters working in the Deaf community, encouraging them to build positive perceptions of Deaf people through the work they do as interpreters. Tanya also encourages both individuals and organizations working within the Deaf community to increase their cultural and linguistic competence by creating environments that share the language of signs.

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