It's a Deaf Thing
Biggest Deaf Event in Lakeland, FL
Is the show Deaf-owned?
The first question I want to answer, we are not “Deaf Owned”, we’re something better! The event is being sponsored by ProjectDEAF, a registered 501(c)(3) agency in the state of Florida. We were founded by members of the Deaf Community who wanted to promote Deaf Community and Awareness. All key event positions are held by Deaf. We also felt the void left by the absence of DeafNation and we decided to step into the gap.
how many attendees are you expecting?
Last year, we had nearly 2,000 in attendance. Our event, registered with EventBrite, has already seen registrations for our free tickets from the Deaf Community in Florida on a daily basis. Do you have yours?
how many exhibitors are you expecting?
We have a signed contract with the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL. The 27,000-sq. ft. the facility gives us plenty of space for 100 vendor booths. We are scheduling workshops and entertainment throughout the day on the stage.
can you share a booth with friend/family?
Yes, you can share your booth with whoever you would like.
David Lind is a nationally certified interpreter living in Clearwater, FL. He began learning sign language at age 14 and has interpreted in community, VRS and VRI settings. He has a Bachelor’s in Counseling and has completed an M.Div. from Liberty University in Virginia. He currently works as an reservist interpreter for FEMA and volunteer president of ProjectDEAF, a registered 501(c)(3), based in Largo, FL. ProjectDEAF was founded by members of the Deaf Community who wanted to promote Deaf Community and Awareness.
Jackie Haig is the Volunteer Coordinator for It’s A Deaf Thing and is a strong-willed and a respected Deaf advocate for the local Deaf community. Hailing from NY, moved to FL at mid-teens and earned her MA degree at USF Tampa in FL. She has integrity and compassion for those around her, juggling multiple jobs, Deaf Club, and several non-profit organizations. She is an adrenaline-junkie who loves riding ATVs, hitting the go-kart track and walks.
Elaine attended Ringling College of Art and Design and graduated with her BFA degree in Illustration. She is the Art/Craft Coordinator for It’s A Deaf Thing. She works for Blossom Montessori School for the Deaf to assist the teacher in the classroom and teach Pre-K through 8th-grade art. She also has been painting, drawing or creating art at some times. Not always like she used to. Hopefully one day she could do more often. Elaine still does freelance art for clients or sell art online. She came from a big family of six and is the only one in her family who is deaf. She was not born deaf but lost her hearing after contracting spinal meningitis as an infant. Elaine is married to her husband, William, who is hard of hearing and they have four beautiful children Anna, Nicholas, Rebekah, and Jacob – all of whom are hearing. When Elaine is not doing art, she enjoys going to the beach, movies, or go on the trip with her family.
Born in Lakeland Florida I attended Ft Lauderdale Oral School from 1968 to 1973. I then transferred to Florida School for the Deaf in St Augustine Fl where I graduated. I then attended Delgado Jr College in New Orleans La where I studied Draft and Lettering from 1977 to 1979. I currently work at the Publix Headquarters Printing Dept where Printing is a Pleasure. I have to do work on IGen 5 Xerox for Publix I am Deaf Project in Polk co and Hills co for Deaf Events and I am host of Truck Rally Food and BlackBrew Coffee and I help Students American Sign Language part at Lakeland HS and HCC by 1980 I attend to Lakeland Baptist Deaf Church in Lakeland Right now I work with Staff at It Deaf Thing. I hope Get best service for Deaf People I love Traveling and last Fall in Alaska and Seattle Wa I married to Jackie Bowman by April 21 1990 so She will help me for It deaf thing