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Debunking Assumptions About Deaf Refugees

[presentation is tentatively scheduled for Friday, June 21 at 11 am]


Presenters:  Monu Chhetri and Jay Regmi 


Description of the Presentation:

The presenters will share their experiences as refugees/immigrants from Bhutan and Nepal. Their lives in their home countries will be described along with cultural differences found there between Deaf and Hearing people.  Challenges related to experiences after arriving in America will be shared as well as proposed strategies for addressing these challenges.

Presenters’ Bios:

Monu Chhetri, who is Deaf, was born of Nepali descent in Bhutan and, upon being expelled to Nepal, lived in the Khudunabari refugee camp in Jhapa, Nepal, for nineteen years.  After arriving in the United States in 2011, Monu learned American Sign Language. She now works as a refugee advocate at Aurora of Central New York, Inc., a social services agency where she is a staff interpreter and a job coach for international Deaf refugees who have arrived from various countries around the world. Monu works tirelessly as an advocate, Deaf interpreter, and educator, working to improve the lives of international Deaf refugees in Syracuse, New York, as well as in other settlement communities in the United States. Now a naturalized American citizen, Monu traveled to Nepal in 2017, working in refugee camps to provide workshops and orientation training for Deaf refugees on how to relocate to the United States and other resettlement countries. Monu hopes one day to impact the lives of Deaf refugees all over the world.

Jay Regmi who is Deaf was born in Nuwakot Nepal. He worked 11 years as an office assistant with “The Creative Hands “ (a self-motivated, independent and Creative Deaf group) and helped many other organizations in Nepal. Jay moved to America on March 5th, 2018. Currently, he is learning American Sign Language and is working with diverse people as a Farm Assistant manager. Jay hopes to learn ASL and help in our Deaf refugee community.