About Joel West Barish

World traveler Joel Barish is no stranger to the varied customs and traditions of different cultures around the world. Luckily for us, he cannot leave home without his camera and sense of adventure. In his travels, he documents his experiences and brings them back to share with us. For Joel, Deafness is not a barrier, but rather, a doorway to exploration.

Through his vlogs, he tells the stories of deaf people he meets around the world. We find 90-minute documentaries alongside short episodes covering everything from the oldest building in Tibet to the strange doughnuts of Portland, Oregon, and more. Joel shows us the abilities these Deaf people have to overcome their unique barriers, finding success in life while honoring their culture. He understands that Deaf culture is distinct globally, yet unique for each area of the world. In his travels, Joel leaves no stone unturned, no conversation was forgotten, no food untasted, and no culture overlooked. He strives to bring us the incredible narratives of deaf people, community, and culture everywhere.

Joel Barish is not only the CEO of DeafNation, Inc. but also a world traveler and strong supporter of the Deaf community. After graduating from Gallaudet in 1992 with a B.A. in film, television, and photography, he went on to found DeafNation in 2003. DeafNation has become a household name in the Deaf community, bringing relevant news, information, and stories to Deaf people through ASL videos and social media. DeafNation Expos have proven to be popular, bringing Deaf people together to create a stronger, tighter-knit community that extends far past the borders of the United States of America. Joel has taken the opportunity to document his travels visually, making stories of Deaf people around the world to the forefront in a display of success and opportunity as inspiration to people everywhere. He delves into human nature and explores their strong cultural ties in his travels to places such as Cuba, China, Greenland, India, and more. In 2013, he was recognized and awarded the LCCF Alice Cogswell Award for valuable service on behalf of Deaf citizens.