RID 2019 Conference Presenters

Keynote Presenter

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Evon Black

Keynote Presentation

Evon Black is a nationally acclaimed performer, workshop leader, keynote and motivational speaker.

Evon combines her belief in the power of story with an inborn talent for teaching and performing. Her infectious enthusiasm and dynamic energy revitalize audiences and empower participants in her workshops.

At Gallaudet University as a college student, Evon was the first Black deaf student to hold the position as Student Body Government Vice President since Gallaudet was founded 1864. Evon made a pathway for students of color in different organizations.

Evon has worked primarily in the area of Deaf student development for approximately 22 years, working in a variety of settings, ranging from Deaf residential schools to Gallaudet University. She was the Senior Admissions Counselor – responsible for 23 states – for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.  She was the Alabama Relay Account Manager for Sprint. Her most recent past position was as a State Coordinator of Technology Services for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind Services with the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, where she worked for almost 5 years. She has returned to Gallaudet University as an Associate Director of Recruitment with the Admissions Office.

She is also currently the President for the National Black Deaf Advocates (NBDA).

Banquet Presenter

Nyle DiMarco

Celebration Banquet

Nyle DiMarco, winner of Dancing with the Stars and America’s Next Top Model, empowers audiences to believe they can do and be anything they want in life, no matter the obstacle.

He won the mirror ball trophy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (season 22) and was the last model standing on The CW’s America’s Next Top Model (cycle 22), now Nyle is winning over audiences as an influential leader and ambassador for the deaf community. Born into a multigenerational deaf family, he is an honorary spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) and founder of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation, which works to improve the lives of deaf people around the world. Nyle has produced the 2018 return to Broadway of Children of a Lesser God starring Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff. Nyle was also a creative collaborator on The ASL App, created by native deaf signers to teach conversational American Sign Language.

With a passion for language, literacy and advocacy within the deaf community and beyond, Nyle shares his barrier-breaking story as a deaf man who has risen above stereotypes to take the world by storm. Believing that his deafness is “an asset rather than a limitation,” he builds a bridge between the deaf and hearing by shining a light on not only the struggles, but also the triumphs of the deaf culture. Above all, Nyle shows audiences that with a sense of community, commitment to your goals, and belief in yourself, you can accomplish anything.

Workshop Presenters

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