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Deaf Talks 2019: Presented by WSRID and Deaf Spotlight

  • 05 Jan 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Hillman City Collaboratory: 5623 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
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Event Information: SOLD OUT. Limited standing room available day of. Come join us!

Doors at 12:00 | Event 12:30-3:30pm

WSRID and Deaf Spotlight present Deaf Talks 2019. This event focuses on highlighting the kaleidoscope of insight and experiences within the Deaf/DeafBlind communities. This is an annual community event for sharing ideas, exploring new concepts, and introducing attendees to the latest knowledge, concerns, and inspirations in the Deaf/ DeafBlind communities. This event also provides interpreters and community members with an opportunity to learn content, language, and subject matter directly from the Deaf community, in ASL.

Online ticket admissions: $20

At door: $25 (CASH ONLY)

Street parking available!

Access Requests by December 15, 2018

This year, Deaf Talks will be in a community-based space, not a restaurant. In lieu of purchasing lunch there, you are welcome to bring in your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

Partnering with Deaf Spotlight: http://www.deafspotlight.com/events


A Gallaudet alumnus and an ASL faculty member at Seattle Central College, Katie teaches ASL and Deaf Studies in addition to more creative endeavors with Deaf Spotlight. In her free time, she spends time cleaning up her son's toys, hunting down bargains at Goodwill, and obsessively checking twitter. She hates long walks on the beach, but that's okay because she's happily married. People who know her well will testify that she will beat down any fool that tries to diminish or appropriate the contributions of ASL and Deaf people to the tapestry of American life. You've been warned. :)


Picture of Keith ClarkKEITH CLARK | Power of Words

Transplanted to Seattle two years ago to become the first DeafBlind Director of the DeafBlind Programs at the Lighthouse for the Blind. Words and people enthrall Keith every day.

Picture of Ellie SavageELLIE SAVIDGE | Deaf Interpreters: Why and How?

A Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI), Ellie works full-time freelancing, which includes, but is not limited to: being an ASL coach for performance interpreters, consulting, advocating, teaching, and coordinating interpreters. She is a native Washingtonian and lives in Seattle with her partner and dog.

Picture of Korian Koko ThomasKORIAN KOKO THOMAS | Can DeafBlind Dance?

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Korian graduated from Gallaudet in 2006, earned his first MA from the University of North Texas that same year, and received his second MA from Gallaudet in 2015. "Embracing myself as a whole person!"

Picture of Monique HoltMONIQUE HOLT | What Are Our Roles in the Arts?

An art advocate, Monique has a BFA in acting and a MFA in theatre. Her thesis was "Universal Design in Theatrical Presentation." She continues to explore the universal design - the ways and means to make theatre accessible.

Picture of Jena FloydJENA FLOYD | Convergence of Deaf Culture, ASL, and Art

Now known as the designer of the Starbucks ASL mug, Jenna moved back to Seattle three years ago to work as a freelance illustrator and a full-time advocate with the Hearing, Speech, and Deaf Center. In her spare time, you can find her being innovative with designs for her Instagram handle and sometimes her illustration clients.

Picture of Ashanti Monts-TreviskaASHANTI MONTS-TREVISKA | Co-Creating the WE Generation Creativity as a Sacred Process of Change

Intersectional acknowledgement: "I acknowledge myself as a Deaf person of colour with an intersectional background of Afro-Cuban and Native American/or First American descent." Ashanti currently lives in Bellingham, WA. and has earned a Master's in transpersonal psychology from Sofia University (Palo Alto, CA) and is actively pursuing a Ph.D. in transformative studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). Ashanti currently co-manages Cascia Deaf Nation while working on various transformative justice/social justice and equity works.

Important Information

WSRID’s Cancellation & Refund Policy: To view this policy, please visit www.wsrid.com

Language Policy: This event/workshop will be provided in ASL. 

Accommodation Requests or DeafBlind Interpreting Requests: Please contact WSRIDdirector2@gmail.com by December 14th, 2018.

CEU Information: ASL Communications is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Educations Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.3 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge level.



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