Speakers

Rachel & Aaron Coleman

 

In 1996, Rachel and Aaron Coleman’s daughter Leah was born profoundly deaf. Four years later, their daughter Lucy was born with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.

 

Rachel Coleman

 

Inspired by their children’s needs and challenges, Rachel partnered with her sister Emilie Brown, and the two created the children’s media company, Two Little Hands Productions. The sisters write, direct and produce the Signing Time Series, the Baby signing Time Series, the Rachel and the TreeSchoolers Series and others.

 

In 2008, Rachel was nominated for an Emmy Award as an Outstanding Performer in A Children’s Series for her role as the host of Signing Time.

 

Rachel is the President of The Signing Time Foundation, a Board Member of The American Society for Deaf Children (ASDC), a nationally recognized speaker, and a seasoned performer with over 200 performances to date.

 

Rachel is the Director of the Signing Time Academy, overseeing more than 700 Signing Time Instructors around the globe who bring Signing Time classes to their local communities. In 2013, Rachel launched and successfully funded two Kickstarter campaigns, raising a total of $330,000 through crowd-funding.

 

At the end of the day, Rachel is a mom who cooks dinner and still tucks her teenagers in bed at night.

 

Aaron Coleman

 

Aaron left behind his degree in Parks Recreation and Tourism, from the University of Utah, when his wife’s “little idea” Signing Time began to take off.

 

Aaron shadowed the editors until he became one. He shadowed the videographers and Directors of Photography until he had their skills. For the past 10 years he has worked as a cameraman, editor, audio engineer and still photographer. His work can be seen on PBS, Netflix, Nick Jr., BYUTV, and MTV.

 

Aaron loves music and can’t believe that he “gets paid to play” by shooting music videos. He has worked with many artists including Neon Trees and Imagine Dragons.

 

Aaron is an accomplished still photographer, whose passion is landscapes. “After ten years of chasing me and countless children around with the lens, he prefers things that hold very, very still.” jokes Rachel.

 

When Aaron is not working, he’s skiing, hiking, mountain biking, adding to his impressive collection of vinyl, or doing construction and flipping houses. If he’s not doing those things, you can likely find him wrestling his 35 nephews and nieces or being an amazing dad to his daguhters.

 

Rachel and Aaron live in Cottonwood Heights, Utah with their daughters Leah, Lucy, and Lucy’s Canine Companion for Independence service dog, Wilona.

 

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