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DeafBlind Women's History Month Panel

Panel Workshops

This event does not require registration.


Panelists will discuss role models, challenges the DeafBlind women face now, and how it might change in the next 20 years. disability rights, how DeafBlind women make the world a better place, stereotypes against DeafBlind women.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this panel workshop:

Continuing Education Credits

This panel workshop offers the following continuing education credits:

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Connecticut RID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This professional studies program is offered for 0.2 CEUs at some content knowledge level.


This workshop will be conducted in American Sign Language on Zoom. There will be captioning and voice interpreting. Each person's turn speaking will have them spotlighted. There are 3 rooms for this workshop. Any additional accomodations you may need, please contact us.

Main Room

  • Moderators and Panelists spotlighted
  • Voice interpreting
  • In-room CART captioning
  • Access to StreamText
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Access Room

  • Certified Deaf Interpreter (CDI) spotlighted
  • Voice interpreting
  • In-room auto captioning
  • Access to StreamText
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  • Live CART feed
  • Control font for easier readability
  • Auto-scrolling or self-paced
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Panel Moderators

This panel workshop will be factilated by:

Sarah Morrison

Sarah Morrison, an alumnus of RIT/NTID. Morrison received a Masters in Deaf Education from National Technical Institute of the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology. She possesses a rich and vast experience within the field of education and accessibility. Morrison strives to promote an understanding and awareness about the DeafBlind community, our history, our culture, language(s), and our accessibility. Morrison also strives to create a more wholistic, accessible, and inclusive community (including social media and related web-based platforms).

Image Description: up close picture of Sarah with a soft grin, and is without her glasses. She has short hair which is brushed to the side. She is wearing a black and gray houndstooth scarf and gray wool blazer. Taken outside as the trees and a garden wall are blurred out.

Rhonda Voight-Campbell

Rhonda Voight-Campbell is an adjunct instructor for the ASL and Interpreting Education Department at RIT/NTID, where she teaches interpreting students how to work with the DeafBlind. Rhonda offers Protactile consultation to the DeafBlind community, and one of her goals is to foster fuller access to information through touch. Rhonda earned a B.S. degree in Packaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology.

Image Description: Photo of Rhonda Voight-Campbell, a white middle-aged female with short, wavy brown hair. She is layered with a dark plaid shirt and a navy blue vest.


This panel workshop will feature the following panelists:

Victorica Monroe

Victorica Monroe is a Black Deaf Genderqueer chief executive officer and an educational consultant of the Monroe Pedagogy company. With over fifteen years of experience in Deaf Education with the transformative justice approach, she brings a wealth of knowledge in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in ASL/English Bilingual Deaf Education and deaf programs, organizations, universities and colleges, and businesses.

Image Description: Victorica closes up smiling with a black bow and suspender. She wears a blue plaid shirt.

Kelly Monahan

Kelly Monahan is from Chicago Illinois, where she was born and raised. She graduated from the Illinois School for the Deaf and studied at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, New York. Kelly attended the Tactile Communication Training (TC) and became a Protactile trainer. Kelly has been an advocate for the Chicago DeafBlind community. She hosts Protactile events and a group for the DeafBlind cruise (DBEC). Kelly enjoys outdoor activities and crafts. She is a devoted mother, spends her time with family and deaf dog in the Chicago suburbs.

Image Description: Kelly wears sunglasses and she smiles. Her hair is dark brown and short. She wear a black V-neck t-shirt. The background outside bright white snow on the ground and wooden fence. There is a tree on the left top corner and a house on the right.

Ashlea Hayes

Ashlea Hayes was born and raised in Compton, CA. She was bitten by the acting bug in 2009, stemming from her love of storytelling as a child. In 2011, she joined the SAG-AFTRA union and has been honing her craft ever since. Ashlea has been active in the Deaf community for 27 years, and has spent the last 5 year advocating for the DeafBlind community. She has been involved in several organizations, all with the goal of empowering the Deaf community as well as educating the Hearing community about Deaf Culture. When she isn't volunteering her time to the community, or working on a new production, she is teaching ASL at Fusion Academy and El Camino College.

Image Description: close up photo of Ashlea, light-skinned black woman wearing a black head wrap, knot tied to the front, she has on thick black rimmed glasses a nose ring, and red lips. She has on a blue denim shirt opened in the front, over a black jumpsuit. Her right arm is crossed in front of her and her head rests on the left hand. She smiles slightly.

Debbie Sommer

Debbie Sommer is one of the 30-plus DeafBlind production workers at the Lighthouse of the Blind, Inc. in Seattle, WA. She grew up in Colorado with a family of 5 siblings. Debbie and one sister were born with Usher Syndrome. Debbie graduated from high school and attended Helen Keller National Center for a year and half where she learned to navigate as a DeafBlind and use tactile sign language. After moving to Seattle in 1985, Debbie has been working at the Lighthouse on numerous jobs from manufacturing easels to canteens. In her free time, Debbie enjoys going out to dinner with friends and traveling. A personal highlight was a three-week trip to Europe for her 60th birthday.

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Cristina Hartmann

Cristina Hartmann is a writer fascinated by how perception shapes our identities and lives. Her fiction is forthcoming in Peatsmoke Journal, and her nonfiction has appeared in Vox, Newsweek, and Medium. Before catching the writing bug, Cristina worked as an attorney in the public and private sectors. She received a B.A. cum laude from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She currently lives in Pittsburgh with her longtime partner and a cat that drools all over their furniture.

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Jennifer Keaton

Jennifer Keaton brings a lifetime of personal experience and years of human service experience to the government and local care community. Her work has ranged from translation support, cross cultural training, independent living, and community education. She has been a commissioner for Iowa’s Department of Human Right for Deaf and Iowa’s Division of Rehabilitation Service’s disability access committee. Jennifer is a strong advocate for adult DeafBlind and Deaf engagement. She vested her interest in the development and redevelopment of local DeafBlind and Deaf communities. She is passionate about helping others to gain their self-autonomy.

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