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Tawny Holmes

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Tawny Holmes

Tawny Holmes

Name of Host Organization: National Association of the Deaf
City, State: Silver Spring, Maryland
Issue area: Education/Special Education
Sponsors: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The Project

Tawny provided legal resources and training to cultivate a national network of Education Advocates (parents and community members) to address the needs of deaf and hard-of-hearing children.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
More than 90 percent of the estimated 250,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing children in this country are in mainstream school settings. They are often the only deaf students in their schools because they have low-incidence disabilities. This leaves parents interacting with school districts and teachers who may have limited experience with deaf children and are not fully aware of deaf students’ needs and abilities. Without knowledge of their legal rights, parents often find themselves unable to advocate fully for their deaf children. Parents need to be educated and empowered to help their deaf children succeed.