1 of 8 | Rachel Posner | Plainville, CT | Deaf Women Herstory Month
Image Description: Short brunette hair, brushed off to the side. Maroon shirt and dangling earrings. Standing straight forward smiling into the camera with a black backdrop behind me.
Born, raised and currently residing in Connecticut, Rachel is the product of a hearing family where much was left to be desired. Always longed to belong, to understand and be understood, for the majority of her upbringing, she felt stuck in the gray area where she was neither deaf enough nor hearing at all. Although she grew up oral, learning sign language at the age of 17, she is proof that you can identify-learn when you’re good and ready and ever since, her hands have not stopped moving.
Her experiences, trials and tribulations have inspired her to pursue her life’s work which is to serve as an advocate, operating her own consulting business and working with school districts’ deaf and hard-of-hearing students in bridging the gray areas’ gaps, including sharing empowering message of inner peace, happiness and awareness through her #DeafOutLoud platform. She also has tirelessly provided support and advice to parents in the United States regarding their children’s education and/or challenges in the public school systems. She is also a consultant for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV) where she provides training for their staff members and partners on how to handle D/HH situations. Furthermore, she is also a professor of American Sign Language at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
In her spare time, she relishes time with her husband and two deaf children, doing a wide range of activities. She is also passionate about traveling and cooking a variety of delicious meals.
Rachel’s devotion is far from over as she enjoys learning along the way. She continues to strive for inner peace/happiness for all. Life isn’t always black and white, it must be respected and embraced.