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Law students under faculty supervision provide legal assistance to the Texas Association of the Deaf (TAD). Students assist 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 conduct research, participate in monthly meetings with TAD, attend quarterly gatherings of stakeholders convened by the law school’s Legislative Lawyering Clinic, and help TAD prepare its materials for community engagement. TAD is currently advancing 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.


Focus Area: Disability Rights