Deaf Person of the Month
Deafblind since birth, Jason Corning lives and works in Severn, Maryland.
When his parents realized that he was deaf (he was a year old at the time), they arranged for a sign-language interpreter to come to their home and teach them. When he was two, they discovered that he is legally blind, although he has retained some usble vision; he uses a terminal with a magnifying screen.
He attended Wisconsin School for the Deaf, and later transferred to and graduated from Wisconsin School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. During his junior year, he served in the Wisconsin Deafblind Education project and became an advocate for the Deafblind community. At both schools, he participated in a variety of sports and activities—Boy Scouts, drama, westling, swimming, track and field, and goal ball, serving as captain of the wrestling and swimming teams.
At University of Wisconsin, he earned his Bachelor's degree with honors in Information Technology, worked for the government, and earned a Master’s in Information Systems from Johns Hopkins University. In 2007, he completed an internship at Transportation Security Administration in Washington, D.C., as a Disability Specialist.
He's now president of the Metro Washington Association of the Deaf-Blind and serves on the Governor’s Advisory Board of Relecommunications Relay and Marry; Advisory Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, offering advice on how the government can better serve people with disabilities.
Not long ago, Corning left federal-
government service and set up his own business, Three Monkeys Communications LLC, to benefit educational institutions, companies, and organizations seeking to improve accommodations to people who are deaf, blind, Deafblind, hard-of-hearing, or have low vision. Three Monkeys offers a wide range of services—public speaking, training, coaching, and consulting—the goal being improved accessibility and services for the Deafblind community.
His immedate family includes his spouse Jason Lim, a native of Taiwa, who's pursuing an advanced degree as Data Analyst. He's sighted and hearing, Corning taught him ASL, and Lim is supportive of Corning’s endeavors. They share adventures too, including extreme sports challenges.
Another member of the family is Corning's leading dog, Niko, a 5-year-old Lab from Leader Dogs for the Blind, which established the nation's first program for Deafblind clients. Corning loves to travel, visit new places, do things he's never done before, especially things considered “too difficult.” He can teach us all something about living adventurously.