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Disability Awareness Week

Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or ‘courage in the face of adversity’. Disability is an art. It’s an ingenious way to live.

Patrick Fischer, headshotPatrick Fischer, also known as MrShineyhead, is fast becoming a sought-after performer all around the country. His creative use of classifiers, gesture and engaging storytelling abilities delight audiences of all ages and diverse backgrounds.  In addition to touring with the National Theatre of the Deaf (NTD) and performing with Northwest Theatre of the Deaf (NWTD), Patrick has performed solo across the nation, as well as joining such notable Deaf performers as Peter Cook and Crom Saunders on stage.  Patrick’s innovative storytelling ability is captured beautifully on his DVD which includes a number of stories both lighthearted and of a darker nature. Audiences from far and wide will be talking about this amazing performer!!

From Patrick’s experiences and training in different aspects of theatre, he grew to enjoy sharing and passing on his exposure and knowledge. Patrick launched his theatrical business in 2005, providing various services to those who want to learn more about theatre through deaf eyes. When Patrick is not “working” in theatre, he teaches American Sign Language (ASL) and currently is a certified ASLTA instructor at Portland Community College under the Sign Language Studies Program and Sign Language Interpretation Program in Portland, OR. Patrick is also a professional artist and owner of a freelance design business, “Infinity Design.”

To know more about Patrick Fischer, check out his two websites: and


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