Richard Watkins Jr., board member of DeafBlind Camp of Maryland. He is an SSP for the DeafBlind Camp of Maryland since 2017. He also served as an SSP coordinator a few times. He was born and raised in a small town, Gibsonville, North Carolina. Richard is Deaf and has several Deaf/Hard of Hearing family members. After living in Washington, DC to attend graduate school, he realized he missed his Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in North Carolina. He relocated back to NC! He currently works with the Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH).
Richard graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Professions of Deafness: Advocacy and Services for the Deaf, a minor in Business Administration, and a second minor in Social Work. He graduated from Gallaudet University with a Master of Social Work (MSW) in 2020. While completing his master’s degree he lived in Norway for three months and completed an internship with Conrad Svendsen Senter. In Norway, he worked with DeafBlind populations ensuring they received proper resources and advanced their independent living skills.
He enjoys working with Deaf/Hard of Hearing/DeafBlind individuals in NC and teaching ASL/Deaf Culture classes during his free time.
When not working, he enjoys outdoor adventures such as hiking, camping, and relaxing at the beach! Also, he volunteers to support the DeafBlind community by providing support services.