I took great pleasure in reading about a milestone accomplishment by my DLP program mentee, Opeoluwa Sotonwa. Ope’, as he’s known to his friends, is a doctoral candidate in the current DLP cohort, Cohort X.
Subject: Impact of my research in Missouri
The DLP program has impressed it on me that as a scholar-practitioner, we do not have to wait for the end of our research before fixing problems we found but could be attended with immediate alacrity.
When I collected my data in December, some key issues immediately jumped out of the box. It is about how law enforcement officers can properly identify Missourians who are deaf or hard of hearing. Based on my data, I drafted a bill to change Missouri Law to make it easier for law enforcement officers to identify DHH.
I am happy to share the news that the bill not only passed in the two chambers but is now a law in Missouri. Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens signed the bill into law before he resigned yesterday. Here is a link to the press release from my office https://mcdhh.mo.gov/release-governor-signs-two-bills-for-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-missourians/
Opeoluwa Sotonwa, DLP Class 2018
I’m so very proud of Ope’ and what he’s already accomplished even before being hooded as Dr. Sotonwa!