What Civic Education Means to Me [with Audio Descriptions; captions available]
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What Civic Education Means to Me [with Audio Descriptions; captions available]


[AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay, a teen Indian
boy who is blind, wears a suit and name badge and stands surrounded by lush foliage. [TANMAY:] Civic Education is all about making
the exchange student learn about American political background, making them introduced to the political history of America,
of course which involves touring places of D.C. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay and a young woman
walk on Capitol Hill with red tour bus in background. As they walk, Tanmay touches the woman’s backpack for mobility. [TANMAY:] So this is the best thing about
it! In Civic Education, the workshop, kind of
makes me, uh, first of all they make me put on this business attire, which I’m never comfortable of [laughs] but you gotta
do that. [BIRDS CHIRP THROUGHOUT] Since I’m from Ohio, I get to the meet the
Senators and the Representatives – House of Representative people from Ohio [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay and fellow students
sit around a conference room table; Tanmay addresses the room. [TANMAY:] so, yeah, gonna make it pretty political
today! Yesterday I went to Department of State [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay and his guide walk
by the U.S. Capitol Building [TANMAY:] where I got a golden opportunity
to interact with the Assistant Secretary of State Department, Mr. Mark Taplin. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay, seated, in conversation
with a Congressional staffer and other students, laughing and speaking. [TANMAY:] We chatted, I discussed about the difference
between developing and developed countries. I got to talk about my exchange
year being a disabled so I talked about my accessible accommodations while I’m living in a high school in America. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Two exchange students,
a young man and young woman, chat with Tanmay. [TANMAY:] I would like to say to any of the parents
that, um, it’s better to give your child an international experiences. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay stands before an
audience of exchange students who appear to be laughing at a comment he made. [TANMAY:] It’s not about – it’s not about
that your child is going to America; it’s all about your child is learning something. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay smiles as he touches
small hanging flowers in an indoor garden. [TANMAY:] Trust his maturity. But when he’s gonna come back, he will be
more mature than you would ever imagine. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] Tanmay stands before a
decorative pool of blue water with pink and green plants in an indoor garden. [TANMAY:] I’m pretty sure that they will enjoy it,
and you will get a benefit out of it, so it’s a double-win deal. [AUDIO DESCRIPTION] MIUSA logo – Mobility
International USA – expands into view, fades to black.

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