Several dozen demonstrators staged the silent, sign waving protest. They say despite having the nation's second largest deaf population, Florida doesn't spend any money on direct services for the hearing impaired.
Allan Karp made his point through an interpreter.
Allan Karp, a deaf Floridian, said, "Maybe we don't ourselves hear, but we still have a voice in government and we can speak out, and we speak out with our hands."
Protestors are urging the legislature to improve education, early intervention and social services for hearing impaired children and their families.