Technical Assistance Specialist
Dave Litman strives to embrace the diversity of deafness in his work with stakeholders. He values the individual experiences that people have had, not just in terms of hearing loss but overall life experiences. Embracing that diversity of experience is a cornerstone of his work and personal life. Dave grew up with normal hearing until the age of 24 when he was diagnosed with Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2). Over the course of two years, he had two surgeries to remove growths on his auditory nerve. The end result of this was that both nerves were completely severed and deafness was the result. This experience started Dave on his journey into hearing loss. In 1998, he went back to school as a late-deafened adult and majored in child psychology and Deaf Studies at the University of Minnesota. He then graduated from Gallaudet University with a Master’s in Social Work. Over the last 15 years, Dave has applied his professional and personal knowledge working with deaf students of all modalities, parents and professionals with the goal of every deaf child having the opportunities to become a successful deaf adult.