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Announcement: Governor Larry Hogan Signs Senate Bill 272

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is pleased to announce that Governor Larry Hogan signed into law Senate Bill 272, which authorizes Deaf and hard of hearing recipients of the Delegate Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Award to utilize the award’s funds to attend any out-of-state school, including schools in Washington, D.C.

For example, the bill exempts Gallaudet University from the in-state requirements of the award–which will enable more Deaf and hard of hearing students from Maryland to attend Gallaudet, the world’s premier university for Deaf and hard of hearing students. Director Brick called the bill a “wonderful investment in higher education opportunities for Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.”

Statistics indicate that employment opportunities for the Deaf and hard of hearing are significantly low compared to their hearing counterparts. However, research has shown that by providing avenues into higher education and/or vocational training, Deaf and hard of hearing individuals are able to pursue employment that enables them to be self-sufficient and active, contributing members of society.

About the Governor’s Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
The Governor’s Office of the Deaf & Hard of Hearing advocates for and promotes the general welfare of Deaf and hard of hearing individuals in Maryland by addressing policy gaps, providing expertise related to Deaf and hard of hearing issues, and facilitating access to resources and services.
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