Joan Naturale, in her role as library liaison to National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), teaches NTID Liberal Studies, Deaf Studies, and Deaf Studies Archive (DSA) classes. She also develops Deaf Studies (including DSA), Disabilities, and Education collections.
Naturale has also worked as a School Media Specialist, American Sign Language (ASL) and English Instructor with the Austine School for the Deaf; English Instructional Specialist (Deaf), Northwestern Connecticut Community College; English Instructor, Alabama School for the Deaf. She holds a BA in English from Gallaudet University, MEd, Deaf Education from McDaniel College, MILS from UR, and Ed.D. from St. John Fisher College. Naturale is certified in K-12 Deaf Education.
In addition to her work as the NTID Liaison Librarian, Naturale is the Deaf History International Secretary/Treasurer, a Visual Shakespeare Planning Committee member (Gallaudet & NTID), Deaf Studies Documentary Studies Center Advisory Board Member (Gallaudet), Assistant Director, National Deaf Studies Digital Collection (NDSDC), Friends of Libraries for Deaf Action (FOLDA) Staff Member, and RADSCC Deaf Mutes Banquet Anniversary Committee Member.
She has won numerous awards including: Gallaudet Honorary Librarian, Who's Who in the Book of American Women, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in Information Technology, National Advisory Group Outstanding Service Award (NTID), Issac L. Jordan Pluralism Nominee Award.