D-E-A-F is a nonprofit, 100% volunteer driven organization that helps educational facilities and health care providers build better communication and a deeper understanding of the importance of accessibility for Deaf individuals. Through intensive research and advocacy, D-E-A-F looks to aid progress for Deaf people and their communities.
Respecting Core Values of Cultures
D-E-A-F works hard to respect the core values of Deaf individuals and to work within their countries’ culture. D-E-A-F seeks to provide a helpful, cooperative relationship within the communities they serve.
“Give Love, Be Kind, Do Good, Help Others” -- Diane Black
Diane is the Founder and President of D-E-A-F and has been a professional interpreter for over 22 years, specializing in Post-Secondary, Mental Health, Performance and Legal service. Diane has lived in Central Florida her entire life and loves it there. When not interpreting, she spends her time belly dancing, teaching yoga and can easily take you down in a mud obstacle running course. A doting mom, she’s very proud of her two grown sons and her husband whom she has been married to for 24 years. Diane is devoted to her other kids as well, a dog and three cats, including a Siamese cat named Larry with his own large following on Instagram (#KawlfyTawlkwithLarry).
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase” - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jason Cole is a Deaf graphics arts and animation freelancer, and is passionate about his company, J. Cole Multimedia Digital. He went to several Universities including Rochester Institute of Technology, studying motion graphic arts and logo designs. An avid sports nut, Jason spends much of his free time doing crossfit, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and teaches Muay Thai boxing. After a good workout, he loves to reward himself with his favorite dish, mixed corned beef and rice or seafood pasta with all the fixings like lobster, shrimp, crab and scallop. Jason also studies forensics on the side, plays video games and loves horror flicks.
Alexis Borochoff Kennedy
“Give a man a mask and he’ll tell you the truth” - Oscar Wilde
Alexis works as a freelance writer and specializes in content writing, travel guides and satire. She also works on the side as a pet portrait artist (she’ll paint your shih tzu in a Star Trek outfit) and spends her free time browsing through antique malls and thrift shops. Recently married, she and her husband have lived in various places including New York City, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Tallahassee and South Africa (and are showing no signs of slowing down). Although Alexis is very good about eating healthy, she’ll cave in every now and then and dine on her favorite cuisines including Indian food or lox with cream cheese on a bagel. She graduated from University of Central Florida with a degree in Creative Writing and hopes to eventually write her own novel (that pesky writer’s block is no joke). She was born Deaf in Queens.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” - Dr. Seuss
Rachel is the Vice President of D-E-A-F and a professional interpreter who lives in Winter Park, Florida with her Pomeranian, Bella. An Illinois native, she graduated from Bethel College and moved to Florida shortly after. When she’s not interpreting, you will find her traveling across the globe and doing fabulous makeovers (a side profession of Rachels). She finds music and dancing to be a freeing experience and a fantastic way to express oneself. Rachel loves meeting new people of different backgrounds and culture, and finds it a great tool to learn more about the world.
Deaf Empowerment Abroad Foundation
A Not for Profit 501(c)(3) Organization
861 Big Buck Circle
Winter Springs, FL 32708
Telephone: (407) 921-6365
“Accessibility Opens a World of Opportunities”