Image Description: Photo of Rhonda Voight-Campbell, a white middle-aged female with short, wavy brown hair. She is layered with a dark plaid shirt and a navy blue vest.
Photo Credit: Youmee Lee
BIO: Rhonda Voight Campbell, DeafBlind, Rochester, New York.
Rhonda Voight-Campbell began her journey growing up in a hearing society and being mainstreamed in public school. She traveled solo to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and discovered her Deaf identity there. Rhonda faced many detours, requiring the need to make life choices and adjustments. Several years ago, her DeafBlind identity blossomed in Seabeck, WA.
Today, Rhonda continues to visit different communities. She wears many hats: she’s a domestic engineer, a board member, an event planner, a presenter, and a teacher. Her passions are fostering DeafBlind awareness and following the Protactile movement.
A few trip highlights include raising two Deaf children, completing 100 miles on a tandem bike, being a keynote speaker at Jr. NAD Conference, receiving the Deaf Woman of the Year award from Deaf Women of Rochester, coordinating DeafBlind Awareness Day in Rochester, guest curator for Please Touch: tactile art exhibit at NTID.
Rhonda’s advice is that life is a journey, not a destination. A smart traveler leaves room in their suitcase for things they pick up along their journey. At home, they unpack their layers and keep the ones that are true to them.