MEET THE TEAM

The game and its curriculum are designed, written, and engineered by deaf creators, software engineers, artists, and researchers at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes, a national research center committed to helping deaf Americans succeed after high school. The Deafverse team includes the following people--all former teenagers themselves!

cartoon of Justin in his Deafverse motion capture suit, in intense mid-sign of karts racing, one hand with “3” handshape but the other is a real, cartoon Mario Kart 64 kart.

As the narrator with many faces, Justin is a deaf storyteller who brings energy and motivation with his showcase of beautiful ASL and Visual Vernacular (VV).

FAVORITE GAME: Mario Kart 64 on Nintendo 64 and using Rory’s Story Cubes to fuel his creativity for VV stories.

FUN FACT: Justin drives a 1980 VW Vanagon, a ride he’s always wanted since he was a little kid.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Don’t ever be afraid to ask for help!

Violet and Enza stand back-to-back, in their Deafverse set clothes. Violet is holding goggles (the same one Justin wears) and Enza has one hand on her earphones and another hand pointing into a direction.

As deaf actresses, Violet and Enza kick off the Deafverse experience by sharing a mysterious ride with players.

FAVORITE GAME: Violet loves playing board and card games, especially when it’s Monopoly with Enza!

FUN FACT: Violet is a fashionista but can’t stand jewelry. Enza travels across the country every summer on family road trips.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Violet says, “Think carefully about the situations you face everyday.” Enza says, “Always be confident with your own self. Be bodacious and you will find new things in life every single day and adjust to the world. Be friendly; you will be treated the way you treated others.”

Kent in Qui-Gon Jedi robes, green lightsaber in one hand, reading a book in the other hand.

Kent is a deaf game designer who believes that deaf people can tell stories through video games.

FAVORITE GAME: Final Fantasy VII on Playstation

FUN FACT: Kent used to be a middle school teacher at a school for the deaf.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: "The greatest teacher, failure is." -Yoda

William in Piccolo attire, speeding along in a bicycle, in a leaned-over racing pose.

William is a deaf programmer who built the platform that powers Deafverse.

FAVORITE GAME: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on Nintendo 64

FUN FACT: William rode a bicycle from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Tijuana, Mexico.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Keep moving forward, no matter how slow.

Carlisle in Mulanl gear (without helmet?), drawing pad in one hand, and pencil/pen in another hand. Maybe with a favorite pokemon on a shoulder or on the ground.

Carlisle is a deaf cartoonist who gives life to the Deafverse characters that leap from the comic pages.

FAVORITE GAME: Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and the Sims.

FUN FACT: Carlisle is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Find a hobby! Hanging out with people and bonding over a shared hobby can happen through things like being on sports teams, joining a club, or doing activities together. When Carlisle was mainstreamed in a public school, they made friends through their art.

Omar is drawn as one of the characters from Disney/Pixas’s Coco. A skeleton with glasses, black shirt, baseball cap on backwards, tan shorts, and Converse shoes. He is leaning back in a rolling office chair, feet up on an angry Koopa (green or red) like an ottoman. A laptop is on his lap, a Mario 64 star sticker in the middle of the back of the laptop.

Adding the finishing touches to Deafverse, Omar is a deaf graphic designer who makes the game look sharp.

FAVORITE GAME: Super Mario 64 on the Nintendo 64, Crash Team Racing on the Playstation

FUN FACT: For a while, Omar’s hair was around 21 inches long!

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Don't be afraid to show what you're capable of!

Omar is drawn as one of the characters from Disney/Pixas’s Coco. A skeleton with glasses, black shirt, baseball cap on backwards, tan shorts, and Converse shoes. He is leaning back in a rolling office chair, feet up on an angry Koopa (green or red) like an ottoman. A laptop is on his lap, a Mario 64 star sticker in the middle of the back of the laptop.

Chase is a deaf filmmaker who coordinates the media that grows Deafverse from concept to filming to editing to completion.

FAVORITE GAME: Toejam and Earl on Sega Genesis

FUN FACT: Chase has been making movies since he was eight years old.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Find something you love doing. Practice and practice until you’re better at it, and you might make a career out of it.

Andres as The Flash (without the helmet), mid-run with several lightning bolts around him, running away from the Pac-Man ghosts that trail behind him in the distance.

Andrés is a deaf videographer who films and edits the action that happens within each Deafverse World … at the speed of a superhero!

FAVORITE GAME: Pac-Man

FUN FACT: Andrés thinks outside of the box.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: You will face some trials and errors in your life. Keep learning to become successful. Passion and determination is the key to success.

Lore as Lagertha, complete with a round shield in one hand but an oversized pencil that could look like a sword in the other hand.

Lore is a deaf technical assistance specialist who captures common scenarios experienced by deaf individuals that you also experience in Deafverse!

FAVORITE GAME: Bejeweled, Centipede, and Azul

FUN FACT: Lore attended nine different colleges!

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Advocacy and educating go hand-in-hand: Know how to advocate for yourself while educating others in the process. If something doesn't feel right and you're unsure what to do, ask a mentor for advice.

Lore as Lagertha, complete with a round shield in one hand but an oversized pencil that could look like a sword in the other hand.

Stephanie and Carrie Lou are directors at the National Deaf Center, steering the ship and cheering the team on!

FAVORITE GAME: Stephanie plays volleyball while Carrie Lou is partial to Tetris on Nintendo.

FUN FACT: Stephanie loves yoga and Carrie Lou can knit socks, which might be a useful skill in the apocalypse.

DEAFVERSE PRO TIP: Stephanie says, “Be prepared. When access becomes a problem, if you’re not prepared, the problems multiply. At least you can take care of your own responsibilities, and bring that ready to roll!” Carrie Lou says, “All experiences are opportunities to learn something. Stay curious and keep learning!”