Peggy Prosser at work during the WFD Conference in Sydney. Included in the picture are current WFD presidents. Starting from the right is Markku Jokinen, WFD honorary president, Colin Allen Current WFD President, Peggy Prosser, and WFD Vice President, Wilma Newhoudt-Druchen. Leaders engaged in a webcam meeting with representative officer who is abroad during the conference events.
Peggy Linn Prosser is a US expatriate from Tokyo, Japan. She moved to Japan in 1991. Japan still continues to be her legal residence today.
Prior to her enrollment to the International Development MA program at Gallaudet University, Peggy worked as adjunct instructor and informant for 20 years in the her residential country, Japan. On many occasions she gave lectures and conducted workshops focusing on sign language and deaf culture to organizations and schools including universities in Japan and neighboring countries, China, Taiwan and South Korea. She has made a number of television appearances as deaf actress in various English Language TV programs in Japan by the Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), a Japanese national television broadcasting company. In 2005 Peggy started studying part-time and online for her MA in International Development at Gallaudet University while working full time in Tokyo. She came to the US in 2007 to complete her studies offered in classrooms. While in the US, Peggy did a practicum with Handicap International - USA and an internship at the National Association of the Deaf in Silver Spring, Maryland, focusing on both organization's international participation and developments. She graduated the following year in 2008.
Shortly after graduation Peggy worked as adjunct instructor at the University of Rochester, teaching American Sign Language and at Gallaudet University, teaching economic development and international trade. She also accepted assignments as deaf interpreter with Sign Language Connection in Rochester, New York and was hired as travel and tour guide for international visitors to the US. She also founded D-Travel, a travel agency that provides travel services to the international deaf community. The company is now in full hands of another business partner. Peggy also frequently travels and volunteers time to some countries that are developing countries. She has worked privately with her international colleagues in their development of their organizations, business or schools. She has volunteered teaching in some classes, giving lectures and assisted in development of business plans or proposals. She has volunteered time in the following countries: China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Kenya, The Palestine Territories, The Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan and Zambia.
Today Peggy is the current Liaison Officer for the World Federation of the Deaf in Helsinki, Finland.