Students Offer to Teach Lawmakers a few words in ASL and Braille at Day on the Hill

40 Students who are deaf or blind want to

 teach state officials a few skills during “Day on the Hill”  

Folder of videos of students offering to teach lawmakers a few skills

 and pics of students writing letters to lawmakers.


Salt Lake City, Utah (January 29, 2020) – Forty students from the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind take their classrooms to the Capitol for a “Day on the Hill” every year. They thank the legislature in person for providing their special schools and statewide programs. The students write to their local lawmakers prior to the visit and ask to meet them.  This year, they are even offering to teach Utah officials a few new skills that can help them to communicate with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deaf-blind.

“In the past, the legislators have enjoyed being able to stop by and observe a lesson underway with the highly specialized teachers for these unique students. But this year, the students wanted to turn things around a bit.  Instead of sitting in a lesson, they wanted to give the lesson to the lawmakers.” – USDB Superintendent Joel Coleman

Students who are blind will show lawmakers how to use a white cane for navigational purposes, teach the braille code or use screen reader technology. Students who are deaf and use American Sign Language (ASL) will teach the lawmakers a few common signs in ASL. The hard of hearing students will give the adults some important tips on how to best communicate with those who wear hearing aids and have cochlear implants. 

When: From  10 am to 2 pm on Wednesday, January 29. (Best time 11:00 a.m.)

Where: From 10 to 11:30 am and 12:30 to 2 pm the students will be in the Presentation Room near the museum. From 11:30 to 12:30 students will be in the Hall of Governors for lunch.

Who:  This year preschool, kindergarten and 2nd  graders from the new Springville school in Utah County and students from the SLC campus will participate. Students from Ogden (high school and post high students) and Millcreek (elementary age students)  will participate from the Utah School for the Blind.

What: Our students have photo media releases, you may photograph and interview them.


About USDB: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB) educate students who are Deaf, Blind, or Deaf-Blind so they can achieve their full academic, social, and career potential. USDB leads the way as a national model in providing the most responsive, caring, and innovative approach possible to meet the unique educational needs of our students. To learn more visit

The USDB Education Foundation: The Utah legislature generously provides funding to cover the basics at USDB such as buildings, books, teachers and staff.  Sometimes the families of these unique children need a little more help. Based on need, unique technology and learning opportunities can be provided thanks to the USDB Foundation. USDB provides overhead and administrative resources for the Foundation, allowing 100% of donations to go directly to the children. This gives individuals, foundations, and corporations an opportunity to donate and make a real difference in the life of a child.  

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