Before entering Gallaudet University, Mr. Simmons was a proactive Deaf activist in South Africa becoming the first Deaf chairperson of the largest and oldest Deaf organization in South Africa after inspiring the Deaf community by showing them a video of the Deaf President Now movement at Gallaudet in 1988. Mr. Simmons was the first person to make this organization fully multiracial in 1990. Mr. Simmons had worked in the Technology and financial sectors before moving to the United States to attend Gallaudet University in 1996. After graduating from Gallaudet in 2000, Mr. Simmons had taught Social Studies at schools for the Deaf and had studied part time for his MS. degree in Deaf Education. After graduation, Mr. Simmons moved to Colorado before he was offered a lectureship for 3 years at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Since returning to the United States in 2011, Mr. Simmons has taught at Gallaudet University and is currently taking courses in the new Ph.D program in Neurosciences and Education.
Mr. Simmons has a keen interest in Deaf history, International Deaf issues, and International Disability Rights. For many years, Mr. Simmons has been involved with a number of Deaf organizations in a variety of capacities and most recently with the International Deaf Emergency (IDE) as a consultant.