Saudi man launches YouTube channel for the deaf

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Abdullah al-Mohammedi is a young man making YouTube videos with sign language. His channel, which he founded, is called “The Deaf Cultural Channel” where he talks about everything that is new and trending for those who can’t communicate with words.

Mohammedi, a computer science graduate and media student at the Fox Media and Training Academy in Dubai, was drawn to media since his youth. “My beginnings were in 2012 and we started making videos in social media in 2013,” he asserted.

He explained to Al Arabiya the challenges he faced during the execution of his concept since it was difficult for many to accept the idea of a “ deaf journalist”, nevertheless, he was eager to make his dream come true by founding a special channel for deaf people through social media, providing various materials and programs for the deaf community.

“The channel is currently receiving a large turnout of deaf people from the entire Arab world, as well as non-deaf,” he told Al Arabiya, noting that the selection of topics is often done through books to ensure the accuracy of information.

Mohammedi added, “I am the sole supervisor of the channel; I am in charge of filming, designing and presentation.” He added that the number of followers on his social networking platforms is different due to the difference of interest between the sites, pointing out that that he has many non-deaf followers, yet he always seek to direct his attention to the deaf community.

His ambitions goes well beyond YouTube, telling Al Arabiya: “I wish there were satellite channels for the deaf or a program for the deaf community broadcasted through famous satellite networks. I hope to become a presenter of Arab programs in a world known channel like al Arabiya for example.”

About his future plans, Mohammedi explained: “Many new and varied programs will be launched soon,” adding that “my biggest motivation is the support of my family and friends.”

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