Ryan Layton
Chief Executive Officer
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Ryan Layton
Chief Executive Officer
Ryan Layton brings an incredibly innovative mind, specializing in technology and accessible resources, a powerful understanding of the needs of deaf/hard of hearing individuals, and a solid business perspective. He is also an active educator and advocate for d/Deaf accessibility and communication rights because as a Deaf person since birth, he has experienced accessibility and communication challenges first-hand.

Ryan’s mission leading Access Simplified is two-fold. The primary goal is to provide a greater understanding that access to communication is first and foremost a basic human need. When that is realized, much good, success and strength can be accomplished. Second, Ryan seeks to bridge the communication gap between the hearing and deaf communities. This is a revolutionary, yet imperative goal, in order to bring unification now and necessary support in times of need.

Ryan leads the Access Simplified team with understanding, sensitivity and solid preparation. He leads the community with respect, devotion and an open door. His wife Susan and he are the parents of four wonderful children and one awesome business.

Susan Layton
Chief Visionary Officer
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Susan Layton
Chief Visionary Officer
Susan Layton co-founded Access Simplified to provide businesses with targeted solutions that provide greater access to/for people who are deaf and hard of hearing, expanding services to a vast, underserved community.

Before founding Access Simplified, Susan served as an administrator for the nation’s 3rd largest school district. Her leadership, mentoring program, administrative trainings and advocacy were unparalleled, with documented long-term success achieved from each program and service she instituted and led. For over 30 years, Susan also worked as an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter, holding three national certifications, with additional training and work using the Oral/Auditory delivery model. As a trained stage, film and voiceover artist, director, and captioner, she brings incredible value and expertise to the Access Simplified family and community.

Susan’s passion lies directly in offering education and effective tools to businesses and consumers in order to successfully and respectfully bridge the communication gap. As businesses begin to understand the purpose and benefits behind providing communication access for their consumers, they realize not only the the necessity of the tools but also the dramatic increase of support from the same community they are serving.

Emmalee Christensen
Chief Operations Officer
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Emmalee Christensen
Chief Operations Officer
Emmalee Christensen comes to Access Simplified with over a decade of consulting, leadership, education and process engineering experience. She is action oriented, and brings a background of skills and tools that impact, educate, provide support, and build teams and communities to succeed.

Deaf businesses, religious organizations, and various community events have benefited from her expertise as Emmalee has provided guidance in streamlining their services. Her experience as a leader and educator have greatly influenced individuals through their personal discovery of development and potential. Additionally, Emmalee’s calm and balanced demeanor cultivates an environment of open communication.

Emmalee's favorite quote is “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” This leads to her philosophy that as we allow for refinement following less than pleasurable experiences, success can be created and a gratifying end product can be realized.

Mission Statement

Access Simplified provides powerful, innovative access to communication through solutions that are expansive, expandable and effective.

Our mission is to provide businesses the necessary tools and resources they need in order to provide effective and accessible communication to individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing, in the simplest, most effective manner possible.

In short, Access Simplified builds bridges and partners with businesses to close the communication gap.

Our Expertise

The Access Simplified Executive Team includes over 30 years in leadership, interpretation, translation and education, 40 years in technology and advocacy, and several lifetimes of experience in accessibility. Our expertise is packaged into revolutionary solutions so that your business can now offer your services with the greatest life changing impact to your customers!

The most impactful offering our team can provide your business, through our lifetimes of experience both personal and professional, is access to people passionate about life and yet need the world to see their need for what it is.

It’s simple, really. Accessibility. Through our innovative solutions, Access Simplified offers your business new, loyal customers, passionate about life, all 48 million, plus their family and friends. Accessibility by Access Simplified. It’s that simple.

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