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In honor of National Deaf Awareness Week, Hamilton Relay is pleased to recognize Robin O'Brien as the 2010 Deaf Community Leader for the State of Arizona.

October, 19 2010

Robin O'Brien is active in serving the Deaf community as well as individuals and organizations involved with ASL Interpreting in Arizona. She has been referenced by others as an icon in both communities and her expert contributions to students of American Sign Language, professional ASL interpreters and ASL instructors are unparalleled.

Robin has taught American Sign Language at Arizona State University in Tempe for the past 16 years. She serves as a mentor for interpreters in training and individuals wishing to improve their ASL skills, and has worked with Arizona Total Immersion Sign Language Programs (AZTI) for the last 7 years as staff and program coordinator. Robin successfully leads a team of dynamic instructors who are deaf from various states to coordinate the nation's leading sign language program.

Robin also makes contributions to individuals who are deaf who struggle with mental illness, substance abuse issues and language dysfluency. She works closely with Arizona Sign Language Interpreting for the Deaf (ASLID), an interpreting agency which specializes in mental and behavioral health interpreting, as a language consultant. Robin's extensive experience in mental health work has helped resolve communication challenges with clients who are deaf or hard of hearing that possess limited language abilities. Robin is appreciated and known for her willingness to assure that accurate communication occurs while interpreting in difficult clinical settings.

Robin has been instrumental in evaluating countless students attending the Interpreter Preparation program at Phoenix College as well as other sign language programs in her community. Her ability to put her two children first, teach in our state's educational institutions, and support her community all while being a role model is inspirational.

This leadership recognition has been brought to you by Hamilton Relay.

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