Students - Alumni
Meet some of our ID graduates
Rian Gayle, Jamaican-born, had ambitions to improve the life of Deaf people that inspired him to leave home and pursue his studies in the United States. Rian did an internship in Mumbai, India training Deaf workers at a nongovernmental organization, Mirakle Couriers. His other internship was with Handicap International where he helped write their publication, Making it Work.
Upon graduating, he returned to his homeland to fight for the changes he wanted to see in Jamaica, such as fighting for the rights to drive, working on early emergency warning systems, and increasing the confidence and education of young Deaf women by organizing a Miss Deaf Jamaica contest. Today, Rian is working at the Jamaica Association for the Deaf as a Research Officer fulfilling his dream of improving Deaf lives. Join his Facebook page the Jamaican Deaf Community.
Anais Keenon fares from Oregon and arrived in DC interested in empowering marginalized communities after her previous experiences volunteering in Ghana.
She spent one semester interning with the U.S. State Department in the Office of the Special Advisor for Disability Rights. She then interned with CBM International in Germany and Kenya as a Knowledge, Learning and Training (KLT) Consultant. Anais also interned with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems where she now works today.
Sachiko Flores, who graduate with Anais last year, did her internship in Bangkok, Thailand with the Asia-Pacific Council on Disabilies where she continues to work today. Read about her Capacity Building Training for APCD Staff "Let's Learn More about Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafened. "
Meet some other ID grads