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Finding Our Center as a Deaf Gay Citizen of the World

David Eberwein

David Eberwein graduated from the California School for the Deaf, Fremont in 1991, earned his B.A. from Gallaudet University in 1995, and a M.A. from San Francisco State in 1998.  He returned home to CSD-Fremont, and worked in several capacities before landing his current position as the High School Instructional Principal.  He also teaches Deaf Culture-related college courses to both hearing and Deaf audiences.  All his life, David has been actively involved in the Deaf community, most recently helping establish the Deaf Bilingual Coalition (DBC) and providing Deafhood workshops, based on Dr. Paddy Ladd’s work, around the world with Ella Mae Lentz and Dr. Genie Gertz.   David is confident that the Deaf community, evolving with the Deafhood concept and DBC activism, will change the world once again.  In addition to his Deaf community activism, he participates in political and social change marches and rallies.  David enjoys non-fiction and comic book reading, is an avid movie watcher, and appreciates his family very much, especially his partner, Colin Piotrowski, and their Yorkshire Terrier, Molly.

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In fall leaves turn gold with sporadic splashes of crimson; a round discussion on epidemic and wellness to prepare for winter season and year round

Chad A. Ludwig

Chad A. Ludwig is a graduate of California School for the Deaf, Riverside.  He received a BS in Social Work from National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY and a Master of Social Work and Graduate Certificate in Social Work Practice with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Ludwig was employed by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention National STDs, AIDS and Immunization Information Hotline’s TTY Service where he implemented an ASL video on frequently asked questions about HIV, AIDS and STDs and encouraged the CDC to create a pilot study in 10 major cities across the US to generate statistics on infection in the deaf and hard of hearing community.

When he relocated to Seattle, Ludwig worked as Program Coordinator: Advocacy, Information and Referral at the Community Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (CSCDHH) in Seattle, WA, where he maintained his involvement with the community  serving as board member for Abused Deaf Women Advocacy Service (ADWAS), president of Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf (NWRAD),  a member of DSHS Disabilities Advisory Committee for Secretary of State in WA, deaf-blind interpreter, and volunteering his time as a chef for some events.

Currently, he lives in Rochester, NY and is a Regional Sales Manager for CSDVRS

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Deaf Queers + Leadership = Where?

Dan Brubaker

Dan comes from a four generation deaf family.  He was born in Utah, and his early education was in Utah also.  He graduated from the Kansas School for the Deaf, and then went on to Gallaudet University where he earned his bachelor and master degrees.  He loves to travel.  One summer, he bicycled with a partner across the United States from Yorktown, Virginia to Victoria, British Columbia.  He has been to 50 states, as well as 52 countries including Morocco, Russia, Oman, Cambodia, Albania, New Zealand, and Bolivia.

After working at Gallaudet University for four years, he became Assistant Dean of Students at the Kentucky School for the Deaf.  Then he worked for a year at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology as Coordinator of Leadership Development.  And he returned back to Gallaudet University for two more years as Coordinator of Judicial Affairs before relocating to Seattle, Washington to become an Account Manager and Events/Logistics Manager with Sprint Relay.

He has given many workshops and has lent his expertise to advisory boards.  Among the sites for leadership workshops are Hinds Community College in Jackson, MS; Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville; California School for the Deaf in Fremont; Texas School for the Deaf in Austin; Youth Leadership Camp in Stayton, OR; Jugendcamp in Bavaria, Germany; Kamensk School for the Deaf in Kamensk, Russia and Sethsatian School for the Deaf in Bangkok, Thailand.

With the National Association of the Deaf, he had served in various capacities including youth and international committees.  He was secretary on its board for six years (1998-2004).  He has represented NAD on the Northwest Airlines Customer Advisory Board in Minneapolis, MN and Delta Air Lines Customer Advisory Board in Atlanta, GA.

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Latino? Deaf? Gay? How do I Identify Who I am as a Person?

Carlos Aponte, Jr.

After five years living in southern California (graduate of CSUN), Washington DC, and the Bay Area, Carlos Aponte, Jr., is back in New York City where he was born and raised. A recent graduate from Gallaudet University school counseling program, Carlos will begin working as a school counselor at Lexington School for the Deaf. He enjoys working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children through play therapy; hoping to become a registered play therapist someday. A second-generation deaf person, Carlos’ parents were born in Puerto Rico. Besides school and work, Carlos enjoys watching TV and movies, dancing, shopping, reading Nicholas Sparks’ novels, taking road trips around the country, cheering for his New York Yankees, and most of all, being with his family, his dogs, and friends.

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What of Deaf Queer Spaces?

Gene Mirus

A native of Texas, Gene Mirus is on the faculty of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. He specializes in linguistic anthropology, with a focus on lesser-known groups within the Deaf communities. Gene enjoys traveling and likes learning new things everyday. He currently resides in Washington, DC.

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