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Law Student Tawny Holmes Chosen For Board Of National Association Of

The Deaf
Tawny Holmes completed her primary
education from the Alabama School for
the Deaf. In 1999, while enrolled at the
Alabama School for the Deaf, Tawny
helped her basketball team win the
national championship. She graduated
with a B.A. in Deaf Studies and
Sociology from Gallaudet University,
located in Washington D.C. Tawny also
earned her M.A. degree in Deaf
Education from Gallaudet University.
She is currently finishing her third year
at the University of Baltimore Law
School and anticipates a May 2013
graduation. The law student plans on
specializing in family and education
law.

According to a Nad.org article, “Holmes, Beckman Appointed to the NAD Board,” Tawny has been
involved for the past eight years with the National Association of the Deaf. She has assisted the
NAD in many ways, which includes working on four committees (Education, Civil Rights, Youth
Strategy Team, and Early Intervention). Tawny also served on the NAD administration team for
Youth Leadership Camp. The law student finished her term working as the Chair of the Youth
Strategy Team, where she was responsible for reviewing and establishing suggestions for the
youth programs.
Ubalt.edu column, “Law Student Appointed to Board of National Association of the Deaf,” reports
that Tawny has participated and presented at several conferences which focus on education
issues. The law student has attended the 2011 American Society of the Deaf conference, the
2011 National Outreach Conference, and the 2012 National Summit on Deaf Education, as well
as its associate; the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention conference. 
The Nad.org editorial highlights Tawny's volunteer experience with students while she worked for
three years at the Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center. During her service with the
Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center, where she was employed as a special aide, a
teacher's aide, and a substitute teacher, Tawny assisted a variety of students, whether they
were a senior in high school or in a Parents-Infant program. According to nad.org, the law student
also helped an autistic child of deaf adults by providing thorough care. Tawny currently dedicates
her time to the Maryland School for the Deaf-Columbia, where she is employed as a family
educator.
The Ubalt.edu article announced that Tawny has been appointed to the board of directors of NAD
for the next two years. The law student has been selected to assist as a consultant on mediation
as well as educational topics. The Ubalt.edu editorial discusses that NAD is the oldest civil rights
association created in the United States. The organization began in 1880 and the purpose of the
party is to defend human, civil and linguistic privileges of the nearly forty eight million
Americans who are deaf or have a hard time hearing. 

The Ubalt.edu column points out that Tawny is employed at the Mediation Clinic
for Families as a student attorney. She is fascinated with youth leadership and
support and wants to encourage bilingualism to young deaf children. Tawny told
ubalt.edu, “I am very honored to have been appointed and view this as an
important step in my career towards becoming an education legal advocate,
which I have aspired to become ever since high school. During my term, I will be
leading efforts in creating a five-year action plan based on legal resources and
my knowledge acquired to date from UB will be invaluable in doing so.”
Tawny's extensive volunteer experience is remarkable for someone her age. She
is the perfect candidate for the board of directors of NAD. Her knowledge of
educational legal advocacy as well as her leadership in providing bilingualism to
young deaf children will greatly benefit the NAD. Tawny should be a role model
not only to women or the deaf, but also to all individuals who aspire to do well in
their community.
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