Founder - Lissa Zeviar
I was born in Montreal, Canada to deaf parents and have been signing since I was 8 months old. I am a nationally certified American Sign Language, NGT and International Sign interpreter and now live in The Netherlands since 2005. I am the proud mother of 2 sons where I have enjoyed the use of Baby Signs immensely. In 2005 I founded the very first Baby Signs company Babygebaren Nederland.
When I first came to the Netherlands, I was surprised to find only a single baby signing program available — and that was a Dutch translation of an American Baby Signs program utilizing American Sign Language (ASL) instead of Dutch Sign Language (NGT). That is why I decided to write the first Baby Signs book specifically for The Netherlands in 2008 that was distributed by Bruna.
After years of experience as a Baby Signs teacher, in 2009 I was ready to pass on my knowledge and expand Baby Signs to reach every part of The Netherlands. I fully enjoy training professionals and am inspired and learn with each passing training that I give.
Another passion of mine is public speaking. I have been invited to speak at conferences, hospitals, master classes, and enjoy sharing my passion with professionals from all different professions. I have had the fortunate opportunity to speak in front of over 700 people at TedxAmsterdam about the use of Baby Signs and why I think everyone can benefit from knowing sign language.
Baby Signing is the first step and so that is why I think it is important to use the signs of the country because learning baby signs is also an opportunity for people to experience the deaf community and their language. The more exposure the hearing community has to the deaf community, the easier it will be for the deaf community to advance in our society.
In 2018 I founded Gebarenstem Nederland in order to serve the wider spectrum of sign language users.
Lissa Zeviar at TedX Amsterdam 2012: The Art of Sign Language.