Help Support a Program to Improve Interpreting Services and Educational Access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students Across Virginia

The University of Virginia's Kate O'Varanese, Coordinator of Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Laurie Shaffer, University Interpreter, have applied for grant funding in the amount of $250,000 from the Pepsi Refresh Project. They have successfully made it through the screening process. Now they need your help! 

Their project is designed to improve interpreting services and educational access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students across Virginia. Grant funding is awarded based on which grant proposal garners the most votes. So they are asking for your vote. 

Competition is intense, they need thousands of votes to be selected. Only 2 entries a month are awarded $250,000 and there are hundreds of applicants competing for these two awards at this funding level. Vote yourself, share the link with others, help them make a difference to the quality of access services of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students. 

To see an overview of the program and to place your vote visit this link: or vote via text message at 73774 (pepsi) and then enter 104126. 

To read a recently published article abou thte program visit 

ASDC Wishes Laurie and Kate much success!

About American Society for Deaf Children

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