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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

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