My Child Advocate

On Monday, March 5, 2012, I drove my daughter to the State Capitol in Hartford so she could testify on behalf of House Bill 5357, which is in regards to providing deaf and hearing-impaired children a Bill of Rights.

Rachel, 11 years old, sat down at her computer and wrote her one-page testimony based on her experience within her school system.  She has attended PPT meetings in which we have discussed her plans for services and has always been a good advocate for herself.

Sometimes you have to give back.  Having her testify seemed to be the right thing to do.  And as you will see, it is right up her alley to advocate for those who don't have a voice.

Or click here to watch Rachel on CT-N which aired live on March 5.

After her testimony, many people approached her and told her what a fantastic job she did.  Rep. Tom Reynolds, Ledyard, and Rep. Sandy Nafis, Newington, made a point to leave the hearing to come outside to tell Rachel what a great job she did.

I think so, too!

Dianne Stone and Rachel Kane, H.B. 5357 Hearing at the Capitol

To Rachel, Mommy is very proud of you.  But more important than that, you should be very proud of yourself for sharing your experiences for the betterment of the rights of others.  You amaze me!!