Newsmaker: Danah Richter
Noteworthy: She was named a “Young Leader” in the Deaf Community and invited to participate in the Pennsylvania Society for the Advancement of the Deaf conference in Pittsburgh in September and the National Association for the Deaf's National Leadership Training Conference in Omaha in October.
Residence: New Kensington
Family: Single; father, Brian Jablonski; sister, Gina Richter
Occupation: Junior at Carlow University studying social work
Background: As part of her studies at Carlow, Richter, whose first language is American Sign Language (ASL), has taken an independent study course for the past three years focusing on Standard Written English for students whose first language is ASL. She was named to the Dean's List at Carlow both semesters in 2012-13. She differentiates between deaf with a lowercase “d,” referring to the condition of non-hearing, and an uppercase “D” that refers to Deaf Culture.
Education: Graduate of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Quote: “I believe both conferences may teach me to advocate for Deaf people, as well as to advocate for myself.”