My compassion and interest in other cultures began when I was young. In first grade, I was immersed within an education system that appreciated kids who were deaf or hard of hearing or had autism or other developmental disorders. My innocent mind saw these kids as being different but one in the same as myself. As I’ve learned within the last couple years of studying disabilities, Deafness (big ‘D’) has its own culture as opposed to the physicality of being deaf. The deaf culture was something I had inadvertently immersed myself in when I was younger. I enjoyed having the ability to talk in another language, and although I was not physically deaf, I could communicate with those who were Deaf. Learning to understand the deaf culture at an early age prepared me to be a designer advocating for solutions that can be used by everyone. Just like that of the Italian culture, Deaf Culture has a language, certain values, customs, perceptions, and habits. This experience began my enthusiasm for different cultures. I had never left the country but wanted to experience living around people of other parts of the world and other regions of the United States. Moving from the Midwest to the East Coast began my cultural excursion. I noticed differences in the way people moved, talked, and appreciated different facets of daily life. I was further immersed in the different cultures when I left the country for the first time, studying abroad in Milan, Italy. I spent four months learning and traveling in seven different countries – fourteen cities. Experiencing can create more understanding than learning out of a book. Although historical references and current situations that we don’t have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in, or are not safe, can be interpreted from literature reviews, obtaining information through experience can be more substantial. As a designer creating the way different people interact with the world around them, it is essential to me to understand how to design for different cultures, abilities, and locations.