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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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