Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist
John Lee Clark is a nationally recognized DeafBlind writer, Protactile expert, and trainer. His most recent book is “Where I Stand” (Handtype Press, 2014). His essays and poetry have appeared in many publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, Ecotone, McSweeney’s, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Poetry, Rattle, Sign Language Studies, and Wordgathering. In 2015, D.C.-based Split This Rock named him a finalist for the Freedom Plow Award for Poetry and Activism, in recognition of his poetry, translations of ASL poetry, and advocacy for people with disabilities. Among his many roles within the Protactile movement, he is also a content expert and mentor for the newly-established National DeafBlind Interpreting Resource and Training Center at Western Oregon University. Clark is also a research consultant for a National Science Foundation grant studying Protactile phonology with Drs. Terra Edwards and Diane Brentari as principal investigators. In Minnesota, he is a vendor with State Services for the Blind, providing instruction in Braille and Protactile, and has worked with many agencies, schools, and organizations on accessibility, strategies for inclusion, and innovative design. He lives in Hopkins with the artist and author Adrean Clark and their three sons.
“I consider the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans to be the most powerful reason we’ve seen such progress in the quality of life of DeafBlind Minnesotans. We still have a lot of work left to do, but what’s amazing is that we feel confident we will get there because of the Commission and all the wonderful people and groups we work with. It’s a joy to be part of that coalition.” ~ John Lee Clark