High school student representatives Sabrina Firl, Kamri Gooding, Keanu Herzig-Wilcox, and Sierra Herzig-Wilcox had the opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand at Capitol Hill Advocacy Day.
On February 25, our students attended youth advocacy and leadership training held at Gallaudet University to learn how to convey effective information and how to better advocate for deaf and hard of hearing students in and out of the classroom. The youth advocacy workshop was led by Tawny Holmes-Hlibok and David Penna of Gallaudet University and Chanel Gleicher of the National Association of the Deaf.
On February 26, the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day, our student representatives attended meetings throughout the day at the Congressional Office. They were articulate about the importance of direct access to language and the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Bill in their meetings with Education Legislative Assistants from the offices of Senator Benjamin Cardin, Senator Chris Van Hollen, Congressman John Sarbanes, and Congressman David Trone.
More than 150 attendees from 30 schools and organizations participated in the fifth Capitol Hill Advocacy Day. Over 60 meetings with Congressional members and staff took place.
More about the Education and Advocacy Summit
The 5th Annual Education and Advocacy Summit is hosted by the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD), the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, Gallaudet University Undergraduate Office of Admissions and Outreach, and the National Association of the Deaf (NAD).
The goal of the Capitol Hill Advocacy Day is to interact with and educate Federal policy makers and elected representatives in Washington, D.C. on the importance of promoting better outcomes for all eligible students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.
See posts of the event on social media at #CEASDHillDay2020.