Clerc Center Bids Farewell to World Around You and the Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and ASL Contest
For many years now, the Clerc Center and Gallaudet University have appreciated the opportunity to offer deaf and hard of hearing students across the country chances to share their writing, artwork, and ASL skills through the Gallaudet National Essay, Art, and ASL contest. Since 1978, we have also enjoyed passing along news and stories about deaf role models through our magazine, and later e-zine, for deaf students, World Around You (WAY). However, the Clerc Center is now retiring the national contest and World Around You.
In more recent years, rapid technological advances have greatly opened up the world for deaf and hard of hearing students. Students now have information about other deaf people, and opportunities to share their thoughts and work with a broad audience, at their fingertips. Given the greater access that deaf and hard of hearing students have to the world beyond their local communities, the Clerc Center is discontinuing WAY and the national contest.
Today, the Clerc Center is meeting its legal mandate to provide information, training, and technical assistance for parents and personnel throughout the nation to meet the needs of children who are deaf and hard of hearing through a strategic plan with three goals:
- Students will reach their full potential linguistically and academically from birth through 21 years of age.
- The Clerc Center will identify and disseminate resources to ensure that all deaf and hard of hearing children and their families have early and ongoing access to information that supports the development of linguistic competence.
- The Clerc Center will provide leadership in the identification, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based instructional practices, strategies, and resources for deaf and hard of hearing students with disabilities through a national collaboration with schools and programs.
It has been an honor and privilege to work with students and teachers throughout the nation for all the years WAY and the national contest have been in existence. The Clerc Center looks forward to continuing to support students and the families and professionals through the dissemination of new ideas and products developed as a result of its strategic plan.
For more information about the Clerc Center and to share your input about the strategic plan work, visit http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu.
To see winners from previous years, view back issues of Celebrate!, the contest publication.