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Teens Learn Real Life Civic Lesson At Capitol
March 14, 2005

OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON--A group of Walla Walla students last week joined advocates with disabilities from across the state to learn about the lawmaking process and how to advocate for themselves and others.

The Union-Bulletin followed Walla Walla High School students Marc Ruley, Ben Huwe and Brian Hough as they lobbied legislators and joined in a rally with other advocates.

They also watched as House members passed a bill that would guarantee the right to vote for adults with disabilities who have had guardians appointed to represent them.

The three belong to Club White House, a high school extracurricular club that helps students learn self-determination and leadership skills.

"This teaches them how to manage their lives and do service projects," explained Brian's mom, Teri Hough. "It shows students how to do volunteer work that impacts the community and teaches them a civics lesson. It's a club. It's a regular club. It just happens to have people with disabilities in it."

Brian, who has Down syndrome, told his representative: "I'm just like you. It just takes me longer to learn stuff."

"Walla Walla teens make case in Olympia" (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin)


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