DeafNation’s Joel Barish arrived on Guam Wednesday as part of an around-the-world tour. This is his third. Barish traveled from Austin, Texas, to Sweden, India, Bhutan, Bali, and the Philippines. Guam and Hawaii are his last stops on the 21-day journey.
Joel and his camera man are visiting Guam to create video footage for the “No Barriers with Joel Barish” program on the DeafNation website. The Guam Association of the Deaf greeted the men at the airport. Barish visited local deaf-owned businesses and conducted interviews to be aired on his online media channel. During his visit, Barish experienced the ethereal underwater world of Guam’s pristine Tumon Bay via the Atlantis submersible, as well as a dive with Seawalker Tours. The deaf media mogul also visited Lina’la’ Chamorro Cultural Park and Zorb, Guam’s newest thrill ride. Barish hosted a meet-and-greet yesterday at the Hilton Guam Resort.
“It’s an honor to welcome to Guam DeafNation founder, Joel Barish,” said GVB General Manager Joann Camacho, “GVB supports industry pioneers like Joel and Jed who have a social and cultural world view.”
Brothers Joel and Jed Barish, who are both deaf, founded DeafNation, Inc. in 2003. DeafNation, Inc. is the international leader in video content, news coverage, social networking, and special events for the greater deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Their portfolio includes the DeafNation Expo, a travel exposition for deaf businesses and the DeafNation World Expo, a bi-annual exposition that attracts more than 20,000 deaf people from 73 countries. DeafNation.com, an online media center consisting of channels like No Barriers, Through Jed’s Eyes, and Missy’s View, receives close to 2 million hits each month. In addition, the media powerhouse has over 39,450 Facebook fans and 12,710 Twitter followers.