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OAD PRESIDENT’S REPORT
On Friday, May 14, 2021, I participated in a virtual Language and Reading
Conference sponsored by OCALI, Outreach Center in Columbus that serves
the disability community. Two female presenters, employees at OCALI,
discussed practical reading strategies for deaf children who are struggling
readers. About 124 educators from Ohio’s public schools registered for
On Tuesday, May 25, I attended a state legislature committee hearing on the
Ohio House Bill 281 on removing offensive language targeting the disabled,
found under many state revised codes. The hearing was well attended by
disabled constituents and seven were selected to give own testimony on
traumatic events in childhood. Our own Joe Osborne-
share with the audience his traumatic childhood experience.
During the days of June 24-
sponsored by the National Deaf Education Advocates, a sub-
under the auspices of the National Association of the Deaf. Most presenters were
of the minority groups, and discussions were focused on Social-
Learning and Mental Health Issues affecting deaf children of color.
These presenters, all college-
participants their childhood experiences as persons of color
and how they overcame social injustice and prejudice in the schools.
It was a very interesting conference.
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