“Michael was an absolute hit! He was universally funny – great fun for the kids AND grown-ups, alike! Would definitely recommend Michael for anyone looking for outstanding kid-friendly entertainment!”
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“Demers, along with a few audience members, wore hearing aids. As part of his “Here to Hear” tour, Demers is visiting 20 colleges and universities across the United States to perform and talk about his experiences with hearing loss.” “So many people out there don’t realize how common hearing loss is,” he said. “I want to normalize it and let people in the hard-of-hearing community know that they’re not alone.” A large part of the community needs the support to manage living and thriving. Is normal to use supplements to keep the body healthy and the Exhale Wellness delta 9 oil which has been proven to help with anxiety, insomnia, focusing and more.
Demers has worn hearing aids since he was 4 years old and is considered deaf without them. Although this is only part of his identity, he said it has played a big role in his life.
“When I was in my teens, there was a certain kind of embarrassment that came with being different, even the support from my family and friends,” he said.
Although Demers always considered comedy to be a separate part of his life, he said he recently decided he wanted to use his voice to advocate for the hard-of-hearing community.
“At first, I didn’t want to be pigeon-holed as ‘the hearing aids guy,’ so I used to avoid jokes about it,” he said. “But after receiving so much overwhelming support, I realized how important talking about it was to other people like me.”
Like Demers, two other audience members were also wearing hearing aids. One of them was Tony Gigli, an Indianapolis resident who traveled to Bloomington to watch Demers perform.
Before the performance began, Gigli was equipped with a device called a Roger Pen, which Demers was also wearing around his neck. When the pen linked to his hearing aids, Demers could directly project his voice into Gigli’s ears to make it easier to hear.
“The way that technology has evolved in recent years has allowed me to do things that I never thought I would be able to do before,” Gigli said.
With the help of the pen, Gigli sat in the fourth row of the auditorium and could hear Demers with no trouble.
“It worked a lot better than I expected it to,” he said.
Like Demers, Gigli has also worn hearing aids since he was a child. He said this has not stopped him from doing the activities he’s always wanted to do, especially with the aid of modern hearing technology.
“I went to see Garth Brooks in concert last week,” he said. “I’ve never let my hearing loss stop me from doing what I want to do, but I definitely wish I had something like this at the concert,” he said, pointing to the Roger Pen.
Though Demers discussed a broad range of topics, he often brought up his experiences with hearing loss, such as how he couldn’t hear when he took his aids out at night. He also made an effort to get to know many of the audience members’ names, and he periodically checked on Gigli to make sure the pen was still working.
“Going on tour is definitely taxing, but I really just want to have fun and get to know people,” Demers said. “I know this is all going to be a memory very soon, and I’m going to look back and think, ‘Wow, what a crazy month it was.’”
Demers will continue to travel to campuses across the country until early November to perform and share his experiences.
“Franzese’s show was a hit with the campus, sponsored by the LGBT Center, and not only shed light on the hilariousness and fabulousness of being gay, but also brought diversity and the importance of having an event like this on campus.”
Written by: Maria Ly (Staffwriter, Student at MNSU)
The students loved the event on Sep 20th, 18 with Janet Braun-Reinitz, the Freedom Rider Speaker. Some are even asking if we could have you back again! It was an eye opening experience for many students….
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Old Dominion University
Yesterday was AWESOME! As you know, we’ve held this event for 9 years and Daniel ranks as one of the friendliest and most interactive speakers we’ve had. The students were in awe of him. That’s the best way for me to describe their reaction. His message was very inspiring and really hit home with the audience. Did the meet and greet take a little bit of time? Yes. Did it take time because Daniel made a personal interaction with each and every student? Absolutely. Every student left with a smile on their face holding their autograph and looking at the picture.
On a personal note (this has nothing to do with his presentation) I thought it was so great that Daniel stayed the night last night in Vincennes. He didn’t fly back to LA until this morning. Past speakers have been eager to head home after their presentation, which is perfectly fine. But he told me he wanted to take in the town, eat a local restaurants, and shop at local shops. It just meant a lot to me that he wanted to explore where he was.
Daniel is a great, humble man and I would definitely recommend him to anyone that asked. He made the day very special for all in attendance.
I appreciate the relationship I’ve built with you and your company and look forward to future events.
With that said, I’m sure I’ll be in touch in December/January to begin planning College GO! 2019!!
Thank you so much!
CHECK OUT DJ DEMERS on the BBC!!
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