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Keynote Presenters

Dr Cynthia Plue, Ed.D.

Founder and president of Sign-ology, LLC.,Texas 


Dr. Cynthia Plue is one of our keynote speakers who has an extensive background in working with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, including refugees and immigrants. Her birth parents were of European and Chinese ancestry. At two years old, she was adopted by a Chinese mother and a father with American Indian ties to the Blackfoot Nation. Raised in Ohio, Dr. Cynthia Plue interacted with people from diverse cultures and all walks of life. 

Upon graduating from Gallaudet University and Boston University, she traveled extensively teaching in fields of Psychology, Deaf Education with a linguistic emphasis, and Deaf Studies with an emphasis on culture.  She has fluency in English, French, American Sign Language, and German. Dr. Plue is also versatile in Far-Eastern sign languages: Chinese Sign Language, Taiwanese Sign Language, Hong Kong Sign Language, and Korean Sign Language. While studying at Lamar University, she was a Fulbright Scholar to the Philippines. She conducted research with Deaf Asian students in CA and Hawaii as part of her dissertation. In addition, she coordinated the Deaf Leadership Project funded by the US Department of Education at Lamar University. 

She has been an educator at private schools and public universities, acting as a consultant and advisor to the National Association of the Deaf, National Asian Deaf Congress, and the World Federation of the Deaf. Furthermore, she has advised local and state boards on how to better tackle domestic violence within refugee and immigrant Deaf communities. 

Dr Lewis Lummer, Ed.D.

Senior Lecturer of Deaf Education and ASL

Baylor University, Waco, Texas

One of our keynote presenters is Dr. Lewis Lummer, a brilliant researcher, traveler, Deaf activist. Dr. Lummer who was born Deaf to a Deaf family using ASL. During WWII, Dr. Lummer’s mother escaped to the US from occupied Germany, establishing in Chicago. There she became a Deaf community leader. Her house was unofficially called: “Deaf immigrants and Refugees’ Safe Haven” throughout the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Dr. Lewis Lummer comes to us with 37 years of experience improving the lives of Deaf people from non-Western cultural and linguistic backgrounds. He currently works at Baylor University as the Senior Lecturer in Deaf Education and ASL Department and Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. At the university, he collaborates with the Deaf Education Access Program, Families with Hearts, Holy Land Institute for the Deaf, Palestine Red Crescent Society, and the Pyongyang Center of the Deaf. At the World Federation of Deaf Methodists, Dr. Lummer, advocates for the human rights for the Deaf migrants from Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America continents.

Dr. Lewis Lummer studied at Rochester Institute of Technology and Gallaudet University. He received honors in Civil Engineering and Communication Arts, with an emphasis in International Studies. He went on to earn an M.S.Ed. in Deaf Studies and Deaf Education at Lamar University. He completed post Master studies in Public and Private Administration at San Diego State University. Finally, he earned an Ed.D. in Reading, Curriculum and Instructional Design at Northern Illinois University.

His publications are: “Teachers’ Perceptions of the Academic and Language Needs of Deaf Immigrant Students: An Exploratory Survey” (MA thesis, 1999) and “Contextual Issues of Deaf Hispanic immigrant Adults Learning American Sign Language as a New Language” (dissertation, 2011).