who am i?

Hi, I’m Ali.  I live in Indianapolis, IN, with my husband Ed and our two dogs, Howard and JD.  My parents and mother-in-law are nearby and my brother is a couple hours away in Louisville.  I moved here in 2010 after spending 11 years in beautiful Colorado.  I grew up in Vermillion, South Dakota, and did my undergrad at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.

Professionally, I’ve been a web developer for over 20 years.  I currently work for Blackbaud, an amazing company that provides software and services to nonprofit organizations.  This works well for me, as I have a Master’s in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in Denver.

I’m also a singer and musician, which as you can imagine has led to some interesting times as a mostly deaf person.

I am also Board Chair of Hear Indiana, an organization that support individuals and families of children with hearing loss who use spoken language as communication…people like me.  I lost my hearing when I was 25, and was never good at languages, so don’t know ASL, and am completely ingrained in the hearing world.  So for my 40th birthday, I got myself the gift of a hearing evaluation to determine whether I am eligible for a cochlear implant.  This blog is about my experiences with that process.

If you’d like to chat, you can find me on Twitter at @dreamwell_ali or on LinkedIn – I do keep the rest of my social media private, but comments are always welcome here.