This is a past project.
Law students under faculty supervision provided legal assistance to the Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD). Students assisted the nonprofit in understanding state and federal law and formulating its agenda to promote language acquisition and access by deaf and hard of hearing children in Texas. Students conducted research, participated in monthly meetings with TAD, attended quarterly gatherings of stakeholders convened by the law school’s Legislative Lawyering Clinic, and helped TAD prepare its materials for community engagement. With this assistance, TAD advanced policies to help service providers identify deaf and hard of hearing infants and toddlers earlier in order to advance language acquisition in ASL and/or English and data collection to help all stakeholders identify what services and other factors promote the educational outcomes of deaf children.