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Our Vision
We believe that all deaf people are included, empowered, celebrated and embraced as equals.


About Mill Neck International Deaf Center

Mill Neck International Deaf Center (MNIDC) will be an online resource center for people to find information and resources to use with Deaf communities to reduce poverty and to achieve their human rights. We will share what we have learned from other organizations, research and Deaf people living in countries throughout the world. Please join us by sharing your ideas, experiences, knowledge and skills!

About MNI

Mill Neck International’s mission is to collaborate with partners to mobilize the capabilities, skills and resources of and for Deaf Communities worldwide to achieve their human rights to access effective communication and education for living and sustaining independent, productive and meaningful lives.

Mill Neck International Team

Dr Amy Wilson

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Leading a team of Deaf specialists sharing expertise, knowledge and technical skills.

Lisa Fisher

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Mill Neck International Manager

Manages developing, planning, and driving the distribution of knowledge and resources.

Sarah Houge

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Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Focuses on collaboration, project work and data collection with Deaf communities.

Andrea Shettle

Andrea Shettle

Content Specialist

Focuses on sharing knowledge and resources through Social Media and MNIDC

Areas of Focus 

Mill Neck International (MNI), which impacts the lives of deaf children, families, educators and professionals. MNI works with Deaf Communities worldwide, training partners and funding & supporting projects in the Deaf Community. Click below to learn more about each area of focus.

 an online portal in the MNIDC designed to educate anyone, anywhere in the field of deaf & development. MNI eLearning will offer courses, webcasts and webinars on a variety of topics.

an online resource center serving as a central place of all information & resources related to the field of deaf & development available anytime for anyone to access anywhere.

training using the “training the trainer” model with professionals educating Deaf children from other countries to study with Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf and return home to share their new found knowledge and skills with their colleagues.

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About our website

Our goal for the online Resource Center is to ensure this website is deaf-friendly. For clear communication access the website will be bilingual in International Sign and English supported visually by including clear graphics and icons to illustrate the topics and/or the concepts.

Language Use

We want to make sure this website is accessible. For deaf people that means ensuring language access through the use of sign language. Just like spoken language, each country has their own sign language. Since there is no one universal sign language, we use “International Sign”. International Sign Language is a sign language with the most understandable signs chosen from diverse sign language thought to make it possible for users of different sign languages to understand each other.

We use English for the written language. English is considered a global language with more than 350 million people around the world speaking English as their first language and more than 430 million speaking English as their second or more language.

Soon we hope to have other languages (signed and written), too.We do hope that people around the world will consider translating the material to their language so the website will be accessible to those who are not familiar with International Sign and/or English.

Our Beliefs 


Using and strengthening the existing systems of partners to build effective projects and programs transforms individuals and communities.

Cultural Competence

Appropriate behaviors, attitudes, policies, and structures support effective and appropriate interaction with diverse Deaf cultures and the majority cultures in which they live.


Mutual respect, openness, and trust are necessary for effective collaboration.


Following good governance using ethical best practices, publishing data about the organization and its programs, and sharing lessons learned demonstrates integrity and builds trust.


Full participation of stakeholders ensures program goals and actions are focused and intentional to create development that is effective and impactful.

Human Rights

Deaf people deserve total access to information and services guaranteeing their full and effective participation and inclusion in society.


Our Practices 

Participatory Approach

We involve all stakeholders and Deaf representatives from the community in the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of our programs.


We design time-limited projects with our partners, building their capacity to work independently and adding our partner’s knowledge to Mill Neck’s own.

Training of Trainers

We build upon the talent and capacities of professionals who become the experts in their institutions and local regions where they share knowledge and skills they learned.

Asset-based community development

We identify the gifts, resources and solutions within a community to build our partner’s capacity and empower individuals, the community and institutions.

Value Local Sign Languages

We conduct our work in our partner’s native sign language as we understand that it is part of their country’s cultural, social, historical and religious heritage.

Acknowledgement of Deaf Needs

We respect the needs and desires of the Deaf community and will not support projects which marginalizes or oppresses its members.