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 DeafBlind people, interpreters, and service providers from coast to coast.
Jamie Pope, Business Manager, is a DeafBlind consultant, providing workshops and consultation related to DeafBlind people. Formerly, she was the executive director of American Association of the Deaf-Blind (AADB), a national consumer advocacy organization of, for, and by DeafBlind people. She served in this capacity for eight years, increasing the visibility of AADB and the national DeafBlind 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) in collaboration with Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. 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 DeafBlind during early childhood due to illness.
Susanne Morgan Morrow, Advisor – Susie 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. Formerly, she was the chairperson for the Deaf-Blind Member Section with the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf where she served as the chairperson for almost a decade. Susie was also the co-founder 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 Director 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.