Valerie Stafford-Mallis is an oral, late-deafened adult who earned her master’s degree in Business Administration from Webster University, after losing most of her hearing. In 2009 she underwent bi-lateral cochlear implantation, and utilizes many types of assistive technology in her activities of daily living. As a person who lost her hearing over thirty-five years of age, Valerie has experienced first-hand the struggles faced by all persons with disabilities to maintain employment, independence and full-participation in life.
Valerie is the business development manager for Alternative Communication Services (ACS) LLC. ACS is a captioning and sign language interpreting company that makes the spoken word accessible to persons who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Valerie conducts educational trainings that advise and educate public and private entities on methods that improve communication access for persons who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, and deaf-blind. Valerie’s presentations have been widely accepted by healthcare, education, business and industry, social services, law enforcement, governmental and non-nongovernmental organizations, not-for-profits, foundations, and associations. She edits the ACS newsletter and blogs on topics related to living well with hearing loss.
Valerie is active in the deaf and hard of hearing community. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hearing Loss Association of America as Vice-Chair and the Hearing Loss Association of Sarasota, her local chapter. She recently moderated a three-hour employment symposium at the HLAA Convention 2015. She served on the Ethics Committee of the National Court Reporters’ Association (NCRA).