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Patrick Vellia

Outreach & Civic Engagement Specialist

Patrick grew up on Long Island as the only DeafBlind member of a hearing family.  Mainstreamed all his life, he graduated from a mainstream high school in 2006 and earned his BA in American Sign Language with a minor in Business Administration from Gardner-Webb University in North Carolina in 2015. 

Patrick is a web developer with a heavy focus in finding ways to make the web experience more accessible to persons with disabilities. In his free time Patrick has completed several half Ironman triathlons, competed in open water swimming, walked 50 miles for the National MS Society, and performed with 200 other dancers during a Zumba halftime show at a Charlotte Hornets game. For his day job, he works as a catering cook at both Target Center and Target Field.

“I’m excited to work with the Commission because as part of the Civic Engagement team, we strive to network with the community in order to maintain communication access and increase knowledge about how to lobby and participate in the legislative process for the Deaf, Deafblind and Hard of Hearing" - Patrick Vellia

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