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Biographies of Creative Team
Adonia K. Smith, creator and author
Adonia is a proud Georgia native and is the first and only person who has earned a doctoral degree from Georgia School for the Deaf since its opening in 1846, thanks to her hearing family learning American Sign Language. Her BA and MA are from Gallaudet University while her EdD is from Lamar University. Formerly a teacher, Adonia won a federal civil case against Loudoun County Public School in Northern Virginia where U.S. District Court found the school did discriminate against her and did not provide a daily American Sign Language interpreter. Being the co-founder, owner, and Chief Executive Officer of ASL Rose since 2004 allows Adonia to dedicate her creative energy to publishing bilingual materials to contribute to knowledge. Through rain, snow, heat, and cold, you can find Adonia hanging out with her dogs: two young Australian Shepherds, Baylee and Flournoy and an elderly DeafBlind Border Collie, Charm.
Sara Bianco, American Sign Language and English editor
Hailing from a Deaf family that spans four generations, Sara teaches American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, and Signed Language Interpreting courses at the University of Cincinnati and works as a Deaf interpreter. Sara also serves the Deaf and DeafBlind community in many different ways. Originally from the Chicago area, Sara was an AFS exchange student to Germany and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BS in Communication. The apple of her eye, her son, is a student at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf where he plays sports and enjoys the quintessential Deaf experience in the dorms. When the conditions are just right, the tracks in the snow aren’t that of Bigfoot but that of Sara’s snowshoes when she’s out with her camera!