Tawny Holmes, Education Policy Counsel for the National Association for the Deaf , and Dr. Cheryl Johnson, co-founder of the national Hands & Voices organization, are the featured speakers at the March 24 conference Navigating Through the Education System: Considerations for Parents and Professionals of Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The conference is open to both parents (who can attend for free) and to service providers working with Deaf and Hard of Hearing children (who can attend for an $85 registration fee). Register here (opens new tab).
Cheryl provides consultation and facilitation regarding initiatives in deaf education and systems improvement through her consulting practice, The ADEvantage-Audiology-Deaf Education Vantage. In addition she has adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Colorado, University of Arizona, and Salus University. Cheryl is co-founder, former President, and current member of the Board of Directors for Hands & Voices and has a grown daughter who describes herself as sometimes deaf, sometimes hard of hearing.
Tawny Holmes was an Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. For her fellowship, she spent two years as a staff attorney at the NAD, focusing on the legal rights of deaf children to an equal education including training and education for parents. Tawny graduated from the University of Baltimore Law school. She earned her M.A. in Deaf Education and bachelors’ degrees in Deaf Studies/Sociology from Gallaudet University and gained experience in teaching all grade levels at the National Laurent Clerc Center. Tawny grew up in the South with a third-generation Deaf family in south Florida and graduated from the Alabama School for the Deaf.