Elisa Velez


Elisa M. Vele is a Deaf Latinx and the 2nd daughter of Deaf parents. She holds a BA in Social Work and a MA in Sign Language in Education from Gallaudet University. She has worked in ASL education for 10 years and in the human services field for over 20 years.

3:00 PM

Friday 21st July

Puertoriquena Eyes Strong Proud: Turning Points of Deaf Sisters Relationship and Influences

Andrew Foster Auditorium


Abstract: This presentation will show our Deaf Puerto Rican sibling relationships and influences throughout the timeline where our turn points are in the systemic dynamics from the early 1970’s to now. We explore our process toward communication, education, and cultural community interactions; however, we evaluate our achievements, benefits, and limitations. We will identify past and current obstacles, to understand our passion and purpose prevailing advocacy within our Latinx Deaf communities. It led us to establish The Velez Deaf Sisters so we are bringing attention to issues that are highly aligned with our mission to empower our Deaf Latinx individuals.