SLED (Students Linked to the Education of the Deaf) promotes professional development by having guest speakers come to challenge our students. This month’s special speakers were the Walter family.Three of their five children attended Camp HERO (Here Everyone Really is One) in July 2014. Annabelle and Ally were returning campers, whereas Austin was able to go for the first time.
The children, as well as their parents, shared their perspective on the the camp. Mr. and Mrs. Walter also shared with BU students insights into raising their children all with varying degrees of hearing and various language needs.
In attendance at this month’s meeting were students of various majors registered with an area of concentration in Education of the Deaf/HH. Other guests were students currently taking ASL 1. The room was filled to capacity.
SLED also exists to raise funds to provide camperships to deaf or hard-of-hearing children who might not otherwise be able to attend Camp HERO, which takes place at Camp Victory in Millville during the last week in July each year. The campership monies are distributed by the Camp HERO Board of Directors on an as needed basis to families applying for camperships and submitting the required documentation.
During the meeting, SLED presented a $1,100 check to Jodie Ackerman, camp director, which was a highlight to have campers there while we made the presentation.
SLED meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in Navy Hall 207. Meetings are open to students of all majors.
SLED Executive Board
- President - Natalie Roca
- Vice President - Grace Sipler
- Treasurer - Schylar Cook
- Secretary - Valerie Mussey
- Fundraising - Jenna Diefenbacher and Kelli Grubb
- Public Relations - Rachel Barlage and Kaitlin Scudy
- Historian - Kate Mochnacz and Heidi Stoudt
- Advisors - Deborah Stryker, Ph.d., and Patricia Stoudt, Ph.D.