DB-TIP (Deaf-Blind Training, Interpreting & Professional Development) is a small business that aims to enhance the knowledge and skills regarding deaf-blind interpreting strategies of interpreters and interpreter educators across the country. This is being done through a variety of ways, including face-to-face learning and online distance learning. Susanne Morgan Morrow started DB-TIP in 2005 after hearing the requests from Deaf-Blind people and interpreters from coast to coast.
Susanne Morgan Morrow, Owner is a Deaf-Blind Specialist and dually certified Sign Language Interpreter. She has developed educational manuals and multi-media training materials on best practices regarding deaf-blind interpreting strategies as well as publications on self-determination, transition planning and outcome and performance indicators. Susie provides consultation and training through her business, DB-TIP, Deaf-Blind Training, Interpreting & Professional Development. She recently stepped down from the Deaf-Blind Member Section with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf where she served as the chairperson for almost a decade, however, Susie remains as the RID-appointed co-chair of the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting (NTFDBI). In these roles she acts as the national liaison for deaf-blind related issues in the field of interpreting. Susie is currently the Project Coordinator for the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC), a federally funded project that provides technical assistance on behalf of children and young adults who are deaf-blind. She holds a Master Degree from Gallaudet University in Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf.
Jamie Pope, Assistant is the former executive director of American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB), a national consumer advocacy organization of, for, and by deaf-blind people. She served in this capacity for eight years, increasing the visibility of AADB and the national deaf-blind community with federal government agencies and Congress. Before AADB, she worked as Technical Assistance Specialist with the National Technical Assistance Consortium on Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind (now called the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness). She is a savvy consumer of interpreting services which led her to be a critical force in establishing the National Task Force on Deaf-Blind Interpreting (NTFDBI). Her professional accomplishments are many, which include honored guest speaker, trainer, facilitator, instructor, and author. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She became deaf-blind during early childhood due to illness.