Douglas Ridloff is the founder and executive director of the non-profit ASL Slam, an organization that creates safe spaces for the Deaf community to thrive in the many modalities of their native language. By hosting a monthly event at the Nuyorican Poet's Cafe in NYC, and then bringing ASL Slam and his unique style of visual vernacular poetry to Jamaica, Cuba, France, Germany, Israel, Australia, Russia, the U.K. and many more, Douglas has fostered engagement and enthusiasm for sign languages worldwide.
Via workshops, performances, and showcases, Douglas has presented at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. He co-organized “An Explosion of Language: Publishing American Sign Language Poetry” at The Center for the Humanities.
Douglas has been featured in NBC News, Circa, HBO Vice, and CNN’s Great Big Story. He has presented at TEDx Vienna and TEDx UniGeneva.