Deaf single mother works with alternative private school to receive high school diploma

Despite spending years attempting to earn her GED, Anita Jackson was finally able to earn her high school diploma after just six months of studying. Jackson is thirty-six years old, deaf, and a single mother of two. And this year, she became the first deaf student to graduate from Basix Knowledge Academy, an alternative private school in Decatur, Georgia. Needing only to finish her senior year in order to be a high school graduate, Jackson worked closely with the school’s Curriculum Team Coordinator, Andrea Pendergraph. As of this June, Jackson is a member of the class of 2014.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.