We establish and build relationships with elected officials, governmental agencies, and private agencies to support our vision that every SC child who is deaf or hard of hearing will reach his or her fullest potential. Check out our work and current happenings in SC below!

Get Involved in Public Policy

How Do I Do That?

Check out the bills and acts that have been proposed to our legislators below. Then, find out who your legislators are by using the search field on the right of this page. The website will give you your legislators’ contact information, and all you have to do is call or send a letter to them and ask for their support for the specific bill that will help provide better outcomes for those with hearing loss!

Why Should I Get Involved?

Legislators make the decisions about our future, and some of these decisions have to do with children and hearing loss. As a parent, professional, or community member working with or related to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals, odds are you know much more about hearing loss than our legislators do! That’s why it is so important for you as a citizen to inform your legislators about anything that comes up regarding hearing loss in South Carolina or federally. Legislators are here to pass laws, but they must be informed in order to do a good job deciding which bills and acts to pass and which to not–it’s our job as citizens to inform them so they can make good decisions! They want to hear from us!

What’s the Best Way for Me to Contact My Legislators?

Send them a letter. Address the bill you want them to support or reject, and tell your story. Giving your legislators a specific example of someone who will be impacted by the bill is the best way for them to connect as a human to the issue. Pull on their heart strings.

What’s Happening in Our State Now?

Federal and State Bills Impacting Those with Hearing Loss
Sign Language Interpreter Act Bill S.548/H.4040
Senator Katrina Shealy recently introduced the Sign Language Interpreter Act Bill S.548/H.4040 to the SC Senate. It has since been referred to the Committee on Labor, Commerce, and Industry. This bill would require sign language interpreters to have a specific level of competence in order to work in certain state entities, such as government, public schools, hospitals, etc…

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You can see the bill here and find your legislators here in order to voice your opinion on this bill and share a personal story with them to help them understand where you are coming from!

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You can also see SCAD’s Board of Directors Sherry Williams’ Vlog on the Sign Language Interpreters Act Bill here and see how to contact your legislators in (ASL) here.

In What Other Efforts Is Beginnings SC Involved?

Advocacy Day for Access and Independance

Beginnings attended planning meetings for and the Advocacy Day for Access and Independence event itself at the SC State House, helping to support efforts to raise awareness and promote disability rights.

The SC Access and Independence Network is a group of organizations that are united to raise awareness and promote disability rights.

Deaf Grassroots Movement SC Rally

Beginnings attends the yearly, peaceful Deaf Grassroots Movement rallies at the SC State House. In 2016, Cara had the opportunity to speak at the rally.

DGM works “to protect communication accessibility, improve the Deaf education system, and help grow the economic power of Deaf diversity, with respect to the pursuit of life, liberty, and equality.”