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Staff Bios

Joanna Witulski

Deaf Services Coordinator

Everybody Counts Northwest CIL

(Currently On Hiatus)

 

JOANNA WITULSKI  (jwitulski@everybodycounts.org)

 

“Our basic principal is that every person with a disability is capable

 of living independently and as equally as everyone else. Denial of independence

 is denying the human right of survival…being who you are, achieving goals

with accommodations, speaking your  mind and educating the public

 about working with disabilities, allowing room for mistakes

 and protesting when justice is not there.”

 

 

Joanna graduated from Indiana University Northwest

with a B.A. in General Studies in 2005. Currently, she is

pursuing her Master’s Degree through a Gaulladet program

while teaching sign language at a high school in LaPorte,

but she is still available to us on an ‘on call’ basis.

 

For many years, Joanna was our Deaf Services Coordinator.

In that capacity, she not only worked directly with deaf consumers,

she also developed and provided community resources such as

ASL classes, workshops for interpreters, training for parents

and other deaf-oriented workshops and activities.

 

She originally joined the staff as a Counselor/Advocate. Before that,

her employment experience included work at the Westchester and Gallaudet

University libraries, day camp counselor at the Duneland Y,

a printing bindery and medical microfilming company. 

 

In addition to working directly with deaf consumers

on their Issues or goals, she provided support to other organizations

dedicated to providing, maintaining and advocating the independence

and awareness of deaf culture, ASL and community.

 

Joanna also initiated several special projects, such as the Eye on Fire

Safety Project, Signing Kids of NWI and the ‘All for One’

conference for deaf consumers and interpreters.

 

“I enjoy meeting with people, brainstorming, seeing things accomplished,

sharing frustration with others and finding different perspectives

as to how we can work together to educate and improve our

 communities and bring ‘new life’ to the people.”

 

 

She is a member of Northwest Indiana Deaf Club, the Indiana

Association of the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, Signing Kids

of NWI and ADAPT Indiana. She is also working with colleagues

to establish an interpreting  agency for deaf people run by deaf people.

 

She and her husband Don live in Merrillville with their two children,

Luke and Genevieve, and several furry friends.

 

 

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