Zoom gallery view of all seven board members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Association (DHHBA, deafbar.org). Top row from left to right is Zainab Alkebsi, President; Taye Akinola, Vice President; Jessica Kennedy, Board Member at Large. Second row is Caitlin Parton, Board Member at Large; Sarah Weimer, Recorder; Debra Patkin, Board Member at Large; and bottom row is Azeema Akram, Board Member at Large.

We are excited to announce that the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association (DHHBA, deafbar.org) has launched our own YouTube Channel! It will feature DHHBA blog posts and announcements that will be translated into accessible videos with captions, transcripts, and American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation.

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Check out our first YouTube video below and meet the board members of our 2021-2022 DHHBA Board of Directors. The video has captions and ASL interpretation, and the transcript is below the video.

TRANSCRIPT:

Intro: The DHHBA logo appears on a solid blue background and zoomed in slowly before transitioning to the video. A sign language interpreter appears on the left side of the screen as each of the Board members appears individually on the right side to introduce themselves.

Zainab appears on screen sitting in her home office. She is an Arab-American woman with short dark curly hair, wearing thick black round glasses and a black blouse and blazer: Hello! My name is Zainab Alkebsi. I’m the President of DHHBA (the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association), and I live in the D.C. area.

Taye appears on screen in front of a deep blue background. He is a black man with a bald head wearing hunter green round wire glasses and a crisp white button-up collared shirt: Hello! My name is Taye Akinola. I’m the Vice-President of DHHBA, and I’m from the D.C. area.

Sarah appears on screen in front of a bright, sunny outdoor background. She is a white and Hispanic woman with straight medium-length blonde hair wearing a black V-neck shirt: Hi! My name is Sarah Weimer. I’m the Recorder for DHHBA, and I live in the Southwest of the U.S.

Azeema appears on screen in front of a virtual Zoom background showing a view of downtown Chicago at the river. She is a South-Asian woman with long dark straight hair wearing thin black wire glasses and a white collared shirt under a black V-neck dress: Hi! My name is Azeema Akram, and I’m one of the Board Members at Large, from Chicago.

Jessica appears on screen sitting in her home office. She is a white woman with straight medium-length blonde hair wearing a black long-sleeved blouse: Hello! I’m Jessica Kennedy. I’m a Board Member at Large, and I live in Minnesota.

Caitlin appears on screen sitting in her home office, which is blurred in the background. She is a white woman with short brown curly hair wearing a navy blue blouse and patterned zip-up blazer: Hi! My name is Caitlin Parton. I’m a Board Member at Large, and I live in the Boston area.

Debra appears on screen sitting in her home office. She is a white woman with long straight brown hair wearing thick round tortoiseshell glasses and a deep blue three-quarter sleeve blouse: Hi! I’m Debra Patkin. I’m a Board Member at Large, and I live in the D.C. area.

Outro: A screenshot of the full Board of Directors appears and transitions to part of the DHHBA logo, the “advocacy” sign in justice scales.