SallieMae Paulie with Virginia Relay outreach coordinator Eric Alvillar.

SallieMae Paulie with Virginia Relay outreach coordinator Eric Alvillar.

SallieMae Pauley of Richmond, Virginia has been selected as the recipient of the Hamilton Relay 2018 Deaf Community Leader Award for the state of Virginia. Her peers say she is committed to reform, equality, and civil rights within the community.

SallieMae began her active leadership roles attending the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind (VSDB) and continued her education at Gallaudet University. This summer, she was inducted into the VSDB Hall of Fame in the Sport Category. She is also a member of both schools’ alumni associations – Virginia School for the Deaf Alumni Association and Black/African American Gallaudet University Alumni.

Most recently, she advocated for interpreters to volunteer for the inaugural Black Pride RVA event in July 2018. She also worked tirelessly to make sure interpreters were available for the informational meetings regarding schedule and policy changes held by the Greater Richmond Transit Company. In addition, SallieMae is an advocate for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) Virginia, which supports opportunities for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to have access to language development by the time they reach kindergarten.

SallieMae with her peers during the LEAD K meeting.

The award was presented to SallieMae at the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH) during a LEAD K meeting.

SallieMae volunteers her time to many organizations, including Parent Child Advocate Program, Kings Dominion Deaf/HOH Awareness day, DC Area Black Deaf Advocates, and Virginia Association of the Deaf.

We commend SallieMae for her advocacy and leadership and are proud to present her with the Hamilton Relay 2018 Deaf Community Leader Award for the state of Virginia.

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