Successful Deaf Leaders in Government

ho represents the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in government? High school Deaf students learn about national and international Deaf leaders who serve as elected or appointed officials. Students research the branches and agencies of state government to further understand how legislation and initiatives impacts the Deaf community. Lobbying for pending legislation, they also conduct email interviews with the former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) and other Deaf government leaders. These communications and a computer slide show become part of students' School to Career electronic portfolios. They share their exhibits and presentations with a middle school social studies class. Finally, each student burns a CD for a Successful Deaf Leaders in Government web page that will eventually appear on their school server.