Colin Allen was raised in a Deaf family in Sydney, Australia and graduated with a Diploma in Community Organisations from the University of Technology, Sydney. In his varied professional career, he has worked as a professional actor with the Australian Theatre of the Deaf, the Fairmount Theatre of the Deaf (Ohio, USA) and the Sunshine Too Company (National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester, New York, USA); and was an AIDS Educator for the Deaf Community in Sydney.
Colin was heavily involved with the Deaf community in his home city of Sydney and later participated actively in the activities of the Australian Association of the Deaf (now known as Deaf Australia), serving as President for nine years. In July 2003 he was elected a board member of the World Federation of the Deaf.
Between September 2000 and May 2007, Colin was employed by the Finnish Association of the Deaf (FAD); he began his duties for FAD as an organisational training advisor with the Albanian National Association of the Deaf. He then moved to Cambodia to work with the Deaf Development Programme as Programme Advisor for three years, and was then Organisational Advisor for the Organisational Training Project with the Kosovar Association of the Deaf for three years. He conducted a Balkan survey project in four countries (Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Turkey) in collaboration with their national Deaf Associations. In 2007 Colin started as an International Project Co-ordinator for the Global Education Pre-Planning Project on the Human Rights of Deaf People conducting regional survey work of Deaf people in Eastern Europe, Middle Asia, Asia and the Pacific, South America, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and Arabia States.
Now he is a Project Co-ordinator for the Deaf Human Rights and Capacity Building Training Project in the Western and Central Africa Region. Some of his reports are available on the following websites:
a) Deaf People and Human Rights / Seven Regional Reports of Deaf People and Human Rights
b) Balkan Survey Report
c) Survey Results on the Status of the National Associations of the Deaf