Connecting, Educating and Empowering the World's Deaf Community

Hi, We're Veditz

Exemplars, Inc. and our brand Veditz is focused on improving education attainment for the 70 million global Deaf community, >90% of which are born into hearing households and 90% of which go to mainstream/non-deaf schools. As a result, only 2% of Deaf people having access to education delivered in their chosen sign language. And that leads to tragic outcomes. In the USA alone, Deaf student High School dropout rate is 314% higher, College dropout rate is 71% higher, and under-unemployment rate is 265% higher, than hearing peers. We are going to fix that.

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Veditz’ initial offering is the first mobile, on-demand and live interactive video chat free peer-to-peer practice platform for anyone learning to sign regardless if they are a Deaf or hearing person, to practice with others learning to sign; and the first mobile and live interactive video paid tutoring service for the Deaf on K-12 through College subjects (Math, Science, Sign Language...) with instruction provided in sign language (American, Japanese, British...) Veditz is the only WebRTC cross device platform in EdTEch (PC, Mac, Chromebook, iOS and Android) serving the Deaf community.

This innovation was recognized by EDUCAUSE, the association of HigherEd CIOs and CTOs, as one of the top 10 HigherEd EdTech start-ups for 2015. This summer we'll then be adding Veditz courses where Deaf people and hearing people learning a sign language will be able to take complete courses in topics such as math, sciences, English, ASL and more from the world's top instructors who teach the Deaf and/or ASL.

Meet Our Team

  • Arlene Garcia Gunderson

    One of the USA’s leading Deaf Educators and thought leaders and President of the American Sign Language Teachers Association.

    Arlene Garcia Gunderson

    Co-Founder and President

  • Dan Tucholski

    A full-stack developer formerly with IBM, NASA, JPMorgan Chase and others. Finalist in the 2013 University Hacker Olympics.

    Dan Tucholski

    Co-Founder and CTO

  • Tim O'Connor

    EdTech entrepreneur working to ensuring a quality and affordable education is available to underrepresented populations everywhere.

    Tim O’Connor

    Co-Founder and CEO

  • Danny Gong

    Founder of DeafJapan and a leading sign language advocate in Asia.

    Danny Gong

    Regional President Asia

  • John Brooks

    School Teacher in San Diego and Founder of Veditz Math Academy.

    John Brooks

    Dean & Founder Math Academy

  • Vladimir Vityuk

    Prominent mathematician and physicist and expert in automation of business processes and system integration.

    Vladimir Vityuk

    VP Engineering

  • Emily Goldenstein

    Formerly VP Marketing at Marcadamy, and a marketing and sales leader at Spectrum Settlement Recovery and Ividence.

    Emily Goldenstein

    VP Social Marketing

Meet Our Advisors

  • Thomas Horejes

    Leader of one of the USA’s leading organizations serving the Deaf community.

    Thomas P. Horejes, Ph.D.

    Executive Director, DEAF Inc.

  • David Simmons

    Named 2016 University of Texas at Austin's Foreign Language Faculty of the Year.

    David Simmons, M.A.

    ASL professor, U Texas at Austin

  • Regan Thidodeau

    Nationally recognized educator and interpreter of ASL and contributor to Journal of American Sign Language and Literature.

    Regan Thidodeau, M.E.

    ASL professor, Univ. Southern ME

  • Fern Reisinger

    Retired Director of Education at the American School for the Deaf, the USA’s oldest school for the Deaf.

    Fern Reisinger, M.A.

    Retired Dir. Education, ASD

  • Susanne Cannon

    Former Endowed Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Real Estate.

    Susanne Cannon, Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus, DePaul U.

  • Stephen Roulac

    Considered one of the U.S.’s most influential real estate analysts. Former faculty member Stanford, UCLA, University of Ulster and others.

    Stephen Roulac, J.D., Ph.D.

    CEO, Roulac Global

Sources

  1. http://wfdeaf.org/whoarewe
  2. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/rankorder/2127rank.html (application of average global fertility rate and three generations)
  3. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Only-a-Quarter-of-Parents-to-Deaf-Kids-Know-Sign-Language-158192.shtml
  4. http://www.csd.org/?swift-slider=2-deaf-population-access-education-sign-language
  5. https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d14/tables/dt14_219.70.asp and http://www.educ.kent.edu/fundedprojects/tspt/unitexamples/Preparedeafteens.ppt
  6. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-24/the-college-dropout-problem-may-not-be-as-bad-as-the-government-says and http://www.wou.edu/~smithj/JSdissertation.pdf
  7. http://www.csd.org/news/csd-works/ and http://www.statista.com/statistics/205240/us-underemployment-rate/ and http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000
  8. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/statistics/quick-statistics-hearing