Tallahassee girl lobbying Congress to help blind, deaf children

By: Julie Montanaro
July 12, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Guess what Paloma Rambana is doing on her summer vacation?

The Tallahassee sixth-grader is lobbying members of Congress.

Rambana is legally blind.

The 10-year-old is in Washington, D.C., urging lawmakers to pass the Cogswell-Macy Act.

It would require mainstream schools to offer specialized instruction for children who are deaf and blind. It would also increase availability of expensive learning technology.

Paloma met with Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Tuesday.

"I explained to him a little bit about my story and myself and how, if we help fundraise for special education, we can help kids like me," Rambana said.

Paloma also met with Big Bend Congresswoman Gwen Graham.
She joined Graham on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

"I got to push the buttons and enter the card into the slot," Rambana said. "It was really an awesome feeling and then we got to see it on the big screen ... which I like to call the jumbotron."

Paloma Rambana led a walk to Florida's Capitol last December and successfully pushed for more than a million dollars in funding for services for visually impaired children.

The legislation she's pushing now would create a resource center to help develop curriculum and train teachers nationwide.

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