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Roberto Wirth is the President of CABSS and the President and Managing Director of the prestigious Hotel Hassler located at Trinità dei Monti in Rome. He has been profoundly deaf from birth and for years he has been very active in the field of Deafness in Italy and abroad.
In 1975 he graduated from Cornell University in New York with a degree in Hotel Management. During his stay in Hawaii, he taught American Sign Language (ASL) to several hotel managers, he was the President of the Silent Aloha Association and a member of the Mayor’s Committee for the disabled in Honolulu. In Washington D.C. he sat on the board of directors for the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
In 1992, he created the "Roberto Wirth" Scholarship, today known as the “Fulbright – Roberto Wirth” Scholarship for students who are deaf or hearing. The scholarship gives the opportunity, each year, to a student to study at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C. and specialize in an area of psychology or education that will benefit children who are deaf or deafblind.
In 2004, in Italy, he founded the Roberto Wirth Fund Onlus, today known as Centro Assistenza per Bambini Sordi and Sordociechi Onlus (CABSS).
Roberto Wirth is an influential figure on numerous university committees and organizations important in the Deaf community, including Gallaudet University in Washington D.C, and The National Technical Institute for the Deaf- Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in New York.
Roberto Wirth has received numerous awards in Italy and the United States. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate in humanities from Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, and in 2009 he was awarded a second honorary doctorate in humanities from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. In 2012 he was recognized by the prestigious DeafNation Expo, as one out of eight influential individual who are deaf in the world winning the DeafNation Inspiration Award for "Hotel Hospitality."