Sowell Center Staffers Meet President Obama

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 Obama. 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 http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/Still-Thriving-and-Excelling-Long-After-Helen-Keller/. 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. Find Texas Tech news, experts and story ideas at www.media.ttu.edu. CONTACT: Amy Parker, research associate, College of Education, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-1998, or amy.parker@ttu.edu.  parkeamy@gmail.com.