Photo by Wei Wang

Photo by Wei Wang

Melissa Malzkuhn is an activist, academic, artist, and digital strategist with a love for language play, interactive experiences, and community-based change. She founded and leads creative development at Motion Light Lab, at a Gallaudet University research center. The Lab uses creative literature and digital technology techniques to create immersive learning experiences- from storybook apps that have been translated into five international languages, to motion-capture projects that build signing avatars- all of which expand the 3D technology landscape for deaf children, visual learners, and more. Her production company Ink & Salt developed an app to teach American Sign Language, The ASL App, which has been downloaded over 2 million times. Third-generation Deaf, she has organized deaf youth and worked with international deaf youth programs, fostering leadership and self-representation. Now, she collaborates with teams in different countries to support literacy development for deaf children through sign language resources. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally. She is an Obama Fellow, inaugural class 2018. She resides in Washington DC with her family.

 

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