University of Northern Colorado -
Natalie Austin is a doctoral student at the University of Northern Colorado focusing on Deaf Education. Her passion for this field is rooted in knowing firsthand the challenges of going through life with a hearing loss. Austin has a long-term goal of teaching at the university level, where she can have a direct impact on research and the preparation of deaf educators.
Austin received her BA in Deaf Education with an emphasis in Speech Language Pathology as well as her MA in Early Intervention in Deaf Education from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri. She recently graduated from an Interpreter Training Program and is in the process of becoming a nationally certified sign language interpreter.
Her work in the field has included teaching in an oral deaf center school in Denver, Colorado where she worked to develop a bi-lingual parent education program. While serving as an early interventionist in Fairfax County, Virginia, she started a Music Together mother/child program for children who are Deaf.
She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, Africa where she developed a program to educate the Deaf about HIV/AIDS as well as educate healthcare providers on how to better serve Deaf patients. After being evacuated from Africa due to a civil war, she accepted a position as the Early Intervention Coordinator for the Sound Beginnings program at Utah State University where she was also the Toddler Classroom and 3-year-old classroom teacher as well as a graduate student supervisor.
Austin currently works as a Teacher of the Deaf providing teletherapy services to deaf/hard of hearing students in rural areas of northeastern Colorado. This is a program Austin developed with the Colorado Department of Education in response to the need for certified teachers in rural areas of Colorado. She also performs with a theatrical arts sign language interpreting company and is passionate about making the arts accessible to people who are Deaf.