The ALA Literacy Assembly and Committee on Literacy will meet.
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It's recognized and documented that deaf children born to deaf parents learn language (ASL) at or before the same time as hearing children born to hearing parents. They are then able to learn English, as it is explained to them in their native ASL. The last time I looked, the DOE doesn't publish the statistics of deaf students that graduate from high school with Certificates of Completion. I propose a vigorous and intense outreach effort to this population, and ASL literacy classes offered to parents of deaf children and other interested groups. This is based on the fact that 90% of deaf children are born to hearing. The most qualified for this task is a deaf teacher. Recruitment, training & employment of deaf adults to serve as tutors for: deaf students, interpreters, teachers of deaf, consultants for school districts would make good common sense. An effort in this direction would glean positive results in pursuit of a free and appropriate education for this population. The economic and societal benefit will prove synergistic.
Jo Bertloff, MLIS
Interpreter for Deaf & HH
National EIPA 3.6
RID & NAD Member