One evening, I was taking a level one bookkeeping class, the teacher wanted us to play a numbers game. The teacher said, “When you’re playing the game well enough, you will be able to understand accounting.” I thought, “Well, maybe this means I can play games during my entire career!” My name is Yan Liu and I’m a senior accountant. I was born in Shanghai, China. I grew up in a family that was really into business. I didn’t have a clear idea on what I wanted to do in the future, I just went along with everyone else in elementary, middle school, high school, and college. I figured I’ll know what to do once
I got my college degree. Later, I moved to Canada and enrolled in a college preparation program. That was when I realized that Deaf people could do any kind of work. I started thinking of what kind of career I wanted, what I was interested in doing, and what I enjoyed doing. I thought about taking some accounting classes. From there, I started my education with a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Accountancy. I used to work with a theater group in China, the China Disabled People’s Performing Art Troup (CDPPAT), and we were invited to participate in Deaf Way II in Washington, DC. I came across a new video phone product that blew me away, it was called “Video Relay Service.” People were telling me “CSD” was behind the product. I didn’t know what Communication Services for the Deaf (CSD) was but before I knew it, it stuck with me for a very long time. While in college, I checked if
CSD any internship opportunities, but unfortunately, at that time — they did not have anything. It was after graduation when a friend of mine told me CSD had an accounting position open. I applied immediately! During the interview, someone said
they remembered my name from my internship application all those years back. That’s how I got a job with CSD! As a senior accountant, I oversee
all general ledger books (we have several) and make sure they are all correct. I ensure they are recorded correctly, with data in the right places, and in the right department, and so on. I also prepare monthly, quarterly, and yearly financial statements. Also, I support the Director in conducting our annual audit. I prepare our tax documents. We all work remotely. I communicate with my co-workers
through an internal chat or e-mail, occasionally using Zoom for face to face meetings. I’d like to see more and more Deaf professionals in various fields where they can contribute their knowledge and experience to the fields.