Join us! Hill Day Feb. 28!

Organizations from the Deaf, blind, and deafblind communities will keep the Cogswell-Macy momentum moving with a Hill Day on February 28, part of a two-day Education and Advocacy Summit (February 27 and 28).

photo of the U.S. Capitol dome reflected in water

The Summit and Hill Day are for:

  • advocates (parents and education professionals) concerned about education for students who are deaf, blind, and deafblind, and
  • high school students who are deaf, blind, or deafblind.

Events on February 27th include a tour of Gallaudet University, training workshops for parents and professionals, and leadership training for students.

February 28, all day: Capitol Hill Advocacy Day: legislative briefing on advocacy issues (for professionals and high school students), then meetings with Congressional representatives (sponsored by Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, and American Foundation for the Blind).

Agenda for the Hill Day

  •  8:30-10:30 a.m.: The day will kick-off with a briefing on Capitol Hill. Here, key Congressional staff and national advocates will brief attendees on issues and effective advocacy techniques. Please plan to arrive at 8:00 in order to make sure everyone is checked in and seated on time.
    Presentations during this briefing will be in spoken English and American Sign Language, with interpreters on the podium. (If you requested a different accommodation when you registered, that will be provided. Also, accommodations for meetings with Congressional members and staff are arranged separately.)
  • 10:30 – 5:00: After the briefing ends, you will meet with your Congressional representatives – your two Senators and your one Representative.
    • 10:30 – 1:00 House meeting. You must schedule this meeting in advance. This meeting should be scheduled between 11:00 and 1:00 (ending by 1:00). (While everyone from a state has the same two Senators, different residents will have different Representatives, depending on where each resident lives. Therefore, it makes sense to have attendees make their own House appointments.) If a sign language interpreter is required for the meeting you should ask the staff person to arrange one.
    • 1:30 – 5:00 Senate meetings. It is most effective for all attendees from a state to attend meetings with their Senators as a group. Senate meetings are being organized by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) to be held between 1:30 and 5:00 p.m. After you register, and once the Senate appointments have been booked, AFB will notify you about the times for the meetings with your Senators’ offices. You do not need to arrange these meetings.

You may attend just the Hill Day or join us for the entire two-day Education and Advocacy Summit. For more details about other events occurring at the Summit, visit our Education and Advocacy Summit event event page on Facebook.

Two-step registration process for any/all events:

  1. Register for any part of the Summit as a school, organization, parent, or professional
  2. Register high school students attending with parents or professionals as part of a school or program

Notes: All participants will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging, and other expenses. Each student participant must attend with an adult parent/teacher/professional or as part of an organization or school group; students cannot attend on their own.

Questions? Email Rebecca Sheffield, rsheffield@afb.net

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