Elevate Your Summer with STEM Academy 2024! (Rochester, NY – June or July 2024)

STEM Academy hosted at NTID in Rochester, NY.  2 dates listed.  See link below for more details.

๐Ÿ“† June 9-29, 2024 | July 7-27, 2024
๐ŸŒŸ Only one program per summer! ๐ŸŒŸ
๐Ÿง  Close academic gaps in English, language, reading, and math
๐Ÿค Boost emotional intelligence
๐Ÿ‘ Develop American Sign Language (ASL) literacy
๐Ÿš€ Cultivate leadership skills
๐ŸŽ“ Enhance college readiness
๐Ÿ”ฌ Spark interest in STEM fields
๐ŸŒ Build social capital in the Deaf community
Seize this opportunity to make your summer unforgettable and equip yourself for success! Join us at STEM Academy and let’s embark on a journey of growth, learning, and fun! ๐ŸŒˆ๐Ÿ’ก
 
 

Language Access is a Civil Right, For Both Children and Adults (ACLU post)

ACLU logo
ASL and English versions below.

Why the ACLU supports the right of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children to access language.

For deaf people, language deprivation during early childhood represents the most significant threat to the exercise of their civil rights and liberties.

Not having adequate exposure to a language early in life has profound, lifelong consequences. Deaf students nationally graduate from high school and college at lower rates. They are among the many youth with disabilities who are disproportionately funneled into the criminal legal system. Long term negative outcomes span educational and employment contexts, and are especially bleak for deaf and hard of hearing children who also share marginalized racial identities, such as those who are Black.

In the ACLUโ€™s ongoing work to affirm the civil rights of Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing people in prison and on supervision, including their right to access effective communication, many of our clients share one common trait: they experienced the permanent, detrimental effects of language deprivation in their early years.

Nearly all of our clients in these cases were among the 96 percent of deaf children born to hearing parents who did not know sign language. These parents love their children, but struggle to provide them with full access to language, signed or spoken.

Read on at https://www.aclu.org/news/disability-rights/language-access-is-a-civil-right-for-both-children-and-adults.

DAD Note: This post [by the National ACLU] apparently is the result of the local Delaware Chapter of ACLU post seen at https://www.aclu-de.org/en/cases/deaf-hard-hearing-education.

Posts related to ACLU-Delaware’s post on D/HH Education lawsuit

ACLU post saying that they are 'suing' for violations of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

There are posts out there regarding ACLU’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education complaint and below are some we know of…

CHECK THESE OUT!
 

Attached is a reference list that helped guide DAD in their open letter

If you know of more, please feel free to share with us.

 

Legislation Updates

Gavel sits on a wooden stump used in court and making laws.

** This list is a reference to keep an eye out for as they may affect us or not.  **

Delaware:

H273, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SPEECH THERAPY. 

                Note: Not sure if the same thing can be used towards LSL services or it is already covered.  Medicaid Part C and others do cover it (this comes from IDEA Federal Law I believe).  Private insurances apparently donโ€™t explicitly say its covered for those with disabilities โ€“ some only for accidents, injuries or illness.

https://legis.delaware.gov//BillDetail/140821

 

 

OLD – Resolution H73, Recognizing JUNE 25TH-JULY 1ST, 2023 AS “DEAFBLIND AWARENESS WEEKโ€  (passed/signed on 8/3/23)

https://legiscan.com/DE/drafts/HCR73/2023

 

 

SB82 (formerly SS1), AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO IMPROVING COMMUNICATION ASSISTANCE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY AND DISABILITIES. https://legis.delaware.gov/BillDetail?LegislationId=130201

  • Partial summary/synopsis: This Act requires certain State programs to provide annual reports to the General Assembly about compliance with federal and State law and regulation that require meaningful access to services for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and effective communication for individuals with disabilities.
  • Note: There was a reference about sign language access and named a number of agencies responsible for reporting what services/accessibility was provided PLUS 5 additional agencies to be chosen by DOJ.  This is not medically focused but systematically. 

 

Federal:

**  Some bills are also in BOTH House and Senate versions.  Most came from a โ€˜Deafโ€™ search through the expanded list – https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&keyword=deaf.  Some are from last year and passed on to the current โ€˜congressional/senateโ€™ year, although it seems that Congress (and probably Senate) have 2 years to pass anything before the new term begins.  Right now, the 118th Congressional term is from Jan. 3, 2023-2025.  Also, all of the bills/resolutions below have progressed only 25% and still are in the introduction stages.

 

Bills:

Senate House What
SB1911 Airline Safety Information and Entertainment Access Act

https://legiscan.com/US/text/SB1911/id/2833086

SB2693 HB2604 Family Violence Prevention and Services Improvement Act of 2023

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB2604/id/2782618

SB2984 HB5813 Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act of 2023

https://legiscan.com/US/text/SB2984/id/2844999

SB2344

SB1

HB11 A bill to expand Americans’ access to the ballot box and reduce the influence of big money in politics, and for other purposes.  (aka: Freedom to Vote Act)

https://legiscan.com/US/text/SB2344/id/2839008

https://legiscan.com/US/text/SB1/id/2839069

HB1987 To provide for a limitation on availability of funds for Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for fiscal year 2024.

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB1987/id/2781126

SB1070 HB2421 Safe Equitable Campus Resources and Education Act of 2023

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB2421/id/2777708

SB1731 HB3550 Safe Interactions Act of 2023

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB3550/id/2826911

SB2494 HB4858 Communications, Video, and Technology Accessibility Act of 2023  (AKA: CVAA 2023)

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HB4858/id/2837936

SB2945 HB5748 Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act  (Aka: DeafBlind Act/Bill)

https://legiscan.com/US/text/SB2945/id/2843681

 

A bill to promote and ensure delivery of high-quality special education and related services to children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, deafdisabled, or deafblind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique language and learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services, and for other purposes.

SB105 HB463 A bill to have education funds follow the student.

https://legiscan.com/US/bill/SB105/2023 

 

Resolutions:

Senate House What
HR193 Expressing support for the goals and ideals of “World Hearing Day”.

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HR193/id/2723967

SR238 HR513 Expressing support for recognizing September 20 as National Service Dog Day.

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HR513/id/2828336

HR290 Supporting the goals and ideals of National Deaf History Month.

https://legiscan.com/US/text/HR290/id/2779829

 

A Journey Into Our Humanness

Manny a few days before this behavioral incident. He is waiting patiently with my car keys ready for his favorite pastime: riding and shopping. He has an infectious smile and a wonderful sense of humor.

Please read my article about my son Ira Kingsley Coleman called Manny. If briefly highlights the discrimination he has endeavor in this state for almost 30 years beginning with his education. I currently have a case pending with the Attorney General’s Office and they have been slow to act. The issues regarding deaf people in Delaware are far broader than the issue regarding the ACLU case. Here is the link to the article. A Journey Into Our Humanness https://aricalcoleman.medium.com/a-journey-into-our-humanness-62c5adfb80a.

My email address is erykah05 at gmail.com.

Thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,

Arica L. Coleman