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Teddy Dorsette III

Teddy Dorsette III

Teddy Dorsette III is a Deaf filmmaker, entrepreneur, and social
justice advocate from the city of Detroit, MI. He was educated at the
University of Michigan where he received a degree in Screen Arts and
Cultures, and the Motion Picture Institute, where he concentrated on

directing and producing award winning films and content. He co-
founded Teddyboy Entertainment LLC, Metropolitan Interpreting

Services, Dorsette Hair Designs VIP, and Def Lens Media LLC as
minority and disability owned businesses to help shatter stereotypes
and provide opportunities for fellow minority and disabled people. He
also established a non-profit organization, Reel Def Entertainment,
which aims to help children and young adults that are Deaf and hard
of hearing to pursue their dreams in the creative arts. In the
community, Teddy has been involved in various community social
justice organizations.

Teddy’s Government appointments in the state of Michigan include
the LARA interpreting board and the Statewide Independent Living
Council. His quest for change in policy and further social justice led
him to participate in the following fellowship: Michigan Political
Leadership Program, Adobe + Crip Camp, and Detroit Equity Action

Lab (DEAL-6). He is one of the “Dismantling Racism” Committee co-
chairs for the National Association of the Deaf, He also has served as

an appointed communications and media director for the National
Black Deaf Advocates for two terms. Previously, he worked as the
Communications Manager & Organizer for Detroit Disability Power.

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