Sowell Center Staffers Meet President Obama
July 8, 2009
Research associates' work takes them to the Oval Office.
Texas Tech University research associates from the Virginia Murray Sowell Center
in the College of Education were at the right place at the right time to meet President
Supporting a unique program recently in Washington, D.C., six young adults who are
deaf-blind participated in a leadership course on self-advocacy and policy-making.
Partnering with the Helen Keller National Center, Sowell Center staff was involved
in teaching, mentoring, research, videography and sign-language interpreting for students
during the week’s events.
Funding from national grants written by Roseanna Davidson, associate professor and
coordinator of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing and the Deafblind programs, supported the
course development and research components for the effort. The week culminated in
a visit to the Oval Office and a meeting with Obama.
A photograph from the event was featured on the White House blog at
. Pictured on the right are Amy Parker and Beth Case, both Sowell Center research
associates serving as interpreters for the students’ visit to the White House.
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