ASL Video – Approx 8:00 Minutes Long
Grant talked how he originally started Deaf Network website 10 years ago. (November 1997 – Present) Before he signed up new domain, he used free webpage service under local ISP. Also, he was lucky to learn some HTML codes (Using Notepad) from his friend at job. Of course things are slow but very exciting at this time.
Remember at this time, Netscape was very popular so does AOL and Google was nothing but baby. Dot-Com has gone crazy. Each domain cost $35 dollars – it is very expensive compared $10 per domain today.
Back then, they had few clients such as Merritt Interpreting Service, Deaf Celebration, Jean Massieu Academy, Dallas Deaf Club, and Deaf Action Center. They are important part of his dream – feed information such as events, announcement and others to community yet it’s all free.
You will see how ugly our website was before and it kept get better and better.
Deaf Network of Texas mailing list started off with 300 subscribers and it grew over 3,000 subscribers today. It’s been amazing experience – he will never forget that many people think is email is crazy and stupid. But he saw it full of opportunity for deaf community.
He never dreams it would continue that long but he plan to continue as long as demand is there. He’s blessing to have wonderful supporters, advertisers and fans over years.
Grant Laird Jr
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