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Why First Deaf 'Survivor' Competitor Christy Smith Is Proud of Her Performance

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What’s new: Christy Smith spoke to Entertainment Weeklyabout her experience being the first Deaf player on reality television in 2003 when she competed on “Survivor.” Smith, who is a lipreader, shared she is proud she “lasted 33 days in a jungle surrounded by strangers with whom I struggled to communicate and made it through all the way to sixth place.” Smith told EWthat she felt “nothing but love” from the Deaf community for her participation on the show.

The biggest regret Smith had while on “Survivor” was that she did not use American Sign Language (ASL). After “Survivor,” Smith cofounded a nonprofit, Discovering Deaf Worlds, an organization with a mission to “advance the self-determination of signing Deaf communities through local

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