The Pearls: Melissa Rich

Being an equal communication access advocate, Melissa Rich is married for 17 years to a musician at heart and mother of four children, ages 17, 14, 13 and 8. Melissa graduated Magna Cum Laude from Baker College. Moreover, she worked with a fellow deaf patron and National Association of the Deaf’s lawyer, Michael Stein, and Chicago’s own deaf lawyer, Howard Rosenblum, on Deaf/HH access issues at Lollapalooza, an annual musical festival in Chicago. As a result, Lollapalooza (C3 Presents) now has designated areas with qualified ASL interpreters in the appropriate proximity, along with Deaf volunteers who are able to communicate in ASL.

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