As the result of a grass-roots effort in 2005, the National State Leaders Summit began to address issues and challenges in deaf education. More than 125 state leaders from 35 state teams representing various state agencies, schools and programs, and parents met in Atlanta for the purpose of working to improve outcomes for all children and youth who are deaf and hard of hearing; annual meetings and activities followed, and state teams were encouraged to work together throughout the year.
Participants represented states that were in various phases of implementing deaf education reform initiatives; they shared a commitment to full communication access and high standards for each child. Initially conceived as a one-time event, the Summit has hosted six face-to-face meetings and a series of webcasts that included four presentations on critical issues. Accomplishments have included: