As a Deaf individual of a culturally third-generation Deaf family, Britta Schwall is passionate about ending language deprivation and gaining awareness and access to language for all. When not teaching, she is the Business Development and Communications Specialist at ASL Connect of Gallaudet University, the world’s only university designed to be barrier-free for deaf and hard of hearing students.
Britta has always taught people American Sign Language, even before she was able to walk. She enjoys teaching, exposing, and sharing others to her culture and community. After years of teaching ASL informally to peers, friends, teammates, she worked as a Learning Assistant for the American Sign Language and Interpreter Education Department at National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester, NY. She spent two semesters studying and working abroad in Europe. While in Europe, she worked at the United Nations, doing multiple projects like collecting data on Deaf Europeans’ access to information and studying the Rhine River. She spent her first postgraduate year in Utah to work at Sorenson Communications and Salt Lake Community College, and to volunteer at Sego Lily Center for the Abused Deaf.
Outside the office, she derives pleasure in exploring the world, shredding the mountain (either on foot or board), creating art, and reading page-turner books.