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"Education Advocacy Summit for Professionals and High School Students Day" to be held February 27, 2018

The Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center is hosting "Education & Advocacy Summit for Professionals" on February 27, 2018. At the same time, High School Students will attend their own summit hosted by Gallaudet's Government Department, Deaf Studies Faculty, and Visitor's Center. This first-time ever event will be done jointly by the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), National American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), Gallaudet University's Visitor Center, and the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. 

For more information about the professional summit, contact Bridgetta Bourne-Firl,  Director of Training, Products & Dissemination at

February 27
1–5 p.m.

Gallaudet Campus

Education Professionals, Parents, and Advocates in the Areas of Policy, Best Practices, & Innovation:

  • 1:00 Welcome - Bobbi Cordano (President, Gallaudet University) Nicole Sutliffe, Marianne Belsky (Clerc Center)
  • 1:15 Federal legislative updates - Barbara Raimondo (CEASD), Mark Richert (AFB), Hunter McGowan (DeafBlind Citizens in Action, DBCA)
  • 2:00 Break
  • 2:15 State initiatives Sean Tikkun (North Carolina Central University) 
  • 3:00 Break 3:15 Research in communication in deafblind community - Clifton Langdon (Gallaudet), Eddie Martinez (Deafblind Consumer) 
  • 3:45 Resources in blindness education - Mary C. Zatta (Perkins School for the Blind) 
  • 4:15 Clerc Center resources - Bridgetta Bourne-Firl (Clerc Center) 
  • 4:45 Wrap up and closing 
  • 5:00 End

Workshops for high school students in advocacy and leadership:

  • 1:00 Introduction and ice-breaker activity 
  • 1:30 Jeopardy quiz on Legislative process - Sean Tikkun (North Carolina Central University)
  • 2:00 Break 
  • 2:15 Workshop One: Legislative Process - David Penna, Bren Stern (Gallaudet) 
  • 3:00 Break3:15 Workshop Two: Review of Cogswell-Macy Bill and hands-on practice - Tawny Holmes (Gallaudet, National Association of the Deaf) 
  • 4:15 Panel of experienced students 
  • 4:45 Wrap-up and conclusion
  • 5:00 End 

Collaborators for this event include CEASD, National Association of the Deaf, American Foundation for the Blind, VL2, Perkins School for the Blind, Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet's Visitor Center and Academic Departments, and DeafBlind Citizens in Action.

Posted by Glenn Lockhart | Posted February 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM


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