CREEC is thrilled to announce the arrival of our first Director of Outreach for the Accessibility Project, Avi Haimowitz. Avi will be working to spread the word about the Accessibility Project and expand its reach. With more than nine years as an advocate for Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing (DDBDDHH) people in Colorado, including lived experience as a Deaf person, she has witnessed the barriers that DDBDDHH people often face when navigating legal, medical, and human services systems, reinforcing her drive to be part of positive change at a systemic as well as individual level.
Avi says about her new position at CREEC, “I’m ecstatic to be joining an organization that I’ve long admired and respected! The civil rights work that CREEC does is crucial to dismantling barriers that society imposes on disabled people like myself. I look forward to working closely with various disability communities, including the DDBDDHH communities, to help ensure their experiences are heard and represented.”
Prior to joining CREEC, Avi was involved with Deaf Overcoming Violence through Empowerment (DOVE), a nonprofit that provides advocacy services to DDBDDHH people who experience abuse across the state of Colorado. During her 8 years with DOVE, Avi’s various hats included Outreach Coordinator, Program Director, and Executive Director. A Licensed Social Worker, Avi graduated from Gallaudet University with a Master of Social Work in 2010. She is fluent in English and American Sign Language (ASL). Aside from her work, Avi enjoys navigating the new challenges of parenthood with her partner, exploring the outdoors, and snuggling her dogs – both of whom believe they are still puppies.
Director of CREEC’s Accessibility Project, Martie Lafferty, adds, “I’m delighted Avi has joined our staff. Her skills and experience will enhance the services we provide to people with disabilities. I look forward to working with Avi for many years to come.”