Topic at the 2018 DC Summit

Sean Markel, a long-time activist involved with the Deaf Grassroots Movement will talk about communicating important information and news impacting Deaf and hard of hearing people across the country using ASL in social media platforms. Sean has created and posted videos in ASL to make sure Deaf and hard of hearing people are fully informed and aware that has gone viral. Tips and tricks will be shared with the audience about how to share important information for ASL users.

Sean Markel

DGM-MD representative, Landlord, and Self-Employee

Sean Markel holding hands up on a video

Biography: Sean Markel has a longtime history of selfless service on behalf of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Maryland. Twenty years ago, Sean worked hard to ensure that all Baltimore Ravens football games were captioned. He worked as ASL Sport Interpreter signing on the Ravens football screen for more than 15 interview with coaches and football players. Sean’s work led to other professional games and public venues adopting the use of high quality captions. He volunteered as DeafBlind Interpreter at the public places. Sean is the 2017 recipient of the Governor’s Kelby Brick Community Leadership award, an annual award from the Governor presented by the Governor’s Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

In 2014, he made the first film in Republic of Georgia. Over three years, he made numerous films at his home to show comedy, commercial, deaf community and politics stories in the public. Many people watched his films with free of charge.

Sean currently serves as president of the Maryland School for the Deaf‘s Alumni Association. More than four years of 1990’s, he was Vice President for the Maryland Association for the Deaf and leaded efforts to strengthen participation at the annual Eastern Deaf Timberfest. Lately, Sean has been involved as a state and national leader of the Deaf Grassroots Movement – DGM, bringing awareness to the public on issues related to communication, education, and employment.