Christopher Morrison

Founder

My name is Christopher Morrison. I grew up in Albuquerque playing video games, and looking at the stars. My passion for space led me to get my B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2012. I'm now continuing my education pursuing my Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York studying nuclear energy for space applications.

I started to learn American Sign Language (ASL) in 2016. On a hunch, I thought I might be able to make video flashcards that could be used to remember and practice signs. In the past, I had led the programming effort to make a language learning web site, (Language101.com) that used audio flashcards. I thought I might be able to use what I had learned then to do a simple video flashcard that could be used to remember and practice signs. After going to several local meet ups, sitting in several ASL classes, and meeting many awesome members of the Deaf Community, I decided to move forward with the idea. After going to several local meet ups, sitting in several ASL classes, and meeting many awesome members of the Deaf Community, I was encouraged. I decided to move forward with the idea. This website, Learn-Blitz.com, is a technology empowered flashcard tool for learning. I've been making this site help myself learn ASL effectively and hopefully help others too.

In the meetups and classes, I spend much of my time trying to recall signs that I had learned in the past week. A video flashcard tool to review signs would be a godsend as I could spend more time learning how to interact and learn new things rather than scratching my head trying to remember signs from last week. So I'm making a tool to help myself learn ASL and I hope that it helps you in your journey as well! Try the demo to see if you like it.

Ray Parker

Ray Okada Parker

Co-Founder

I'm Ray Parker. I was born in Idaho, and grew up in Seattle, Washington. I attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute studying chemical engineering for my undergraduate degree and will be working full time in Redmond, Washington.

After attending numerous disability focused conferences, such as the AAAS ERN and USBLN Annual Conferences, I've been developing an interest in the deaf community and how closely knit it is. The way the deaf community bonds is unlike any other group of individuals with disabilities that I have seen with movements, facial expressions, and the signs are energetic and seem so natural for conveying ideas. Because of this bond, I have noticed it is hard for other individuals to interact with them on the same level. One of my strengths, from Strength Finder, the online strength finding survey by Gallup, includes being an includer, and I've always had the desire to connect with other individuals with the deaf community, since I am partially deaf.

Over the past couple months, I've been observing and helping Chris with a project that he has been working on, called Learn Blitz, which is focused on teaching conversational sign language that you can use the next time you meet with your friends or family who sign. Please don't hesitate to reach out to either me and Chris with any feedback at all! ​Here's a link to the Contact Us page.