Peggy Linn Prosser is a returned US expatriate from Tokyo, Japan where she lived and worked as adjunct instructor and informant in the country. Peggy moved to Japan in 1991 and returned to the US in 2007 to complete her studies for a Master Degree in International Development at Gallaudet University in Washington DC. She graduated the following year in 2008.
Today Peggy is employed in various works. She is an adjunct instructor, Deaf interpreter and on many occasions invited to advice on international development programs that involve Deaf persons. Peggy is also the employer of D-Travel, her own private travel and tour services agency.
Peggy also volunteers her time with Deaf communities in developing countries. She meets with them and talks about organization development, business and leadership. Peggy's participation in the international development started shortly after working as freelance photojournalist to several news agencies, She was inspired to volunteer her time as an entrepreneur dabbling in microfinance projects with Deaf persons in Wuhan, China in 1995. Following her experience in China, Peggy continued to meet with other Deaf organizations to talk about business, developing income generation projects and social marketing. She volunteered for Deaf organizations and persons in the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Cuba, Haiti and the Palestine Territories.
Peggy hopes to work within the Deaf international development community promoting Deaf community's rights to participate in their country's development agendas. Peggy strongly believes social inclusion of Deaf communities and persons in societies starts with Deaf people sitting as stakeholders and participants in development agendas. She is also a big supporter of the UN Human Rights and of the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Aside from work and volunteerism, Peggy is the chairperson of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) International Sub Committee where she maintains committee activities and work in team with members in developing NAD international activities. Peggy's involvement with NAD began in 2008 during her graduate internship. Peggy developed a chronicle of NAD's working relations with the World Federation of the Deaf. She also represented NAD as an intern at various international non-organizations meetings, participating in public meetings, group discussion and wrote memorandums that circulated at the NAD headquarters. Peggy also wrote an article, UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities published in the NAD magazine in 2009.
Peggy hails from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended ISD (Indiana School for the Deaf). She currently lives in Rochester, New York with her Bengal cat, Tyger, also bought to the US from Japan. During private time Peggy enjoys learning about culture, arts, foods, cooking and gardening. She also enjoys outdoor expeditions, travel and dabbing in wine, and beer tasting.