National Association of the Deaf

Education



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The right to a free, appropriate public education remains unrealized by many children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Direct and uninhibited language and communication access to the curriculum, and all facets of the schooling experience are essential for a deaf or hard of hearing child to achieve equality of opportunity and an appropriate education.

Lawmakers, school districts, community leaders, parents and others must be reminded about the importance of providing equal educational opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing children.

Colleges, universities and other post-secondary programs are also required to make their programs accessible to their deaf and hard of hearing students. Access is an individualized process and can be realized in a variety of ways.

The NAD is actively involved in providing information about opportunities available for educating deaf and hard of hearing children, challenges that deaf and hard of hearing people encounter with high-stakes testing, and the legal obligations of public and private schools, post-secondary programs, colleges, and universities.

Related Issue: Early Intervention for Infants and Toddlers

Recent NAD Action Highlights

  • Submitted comments, along with others, to the U.S. Department of Education.  Presented a keynote address and a workshop at the Colorado Symposium on Deafness, Language and Learning.
  • Submitted comments, along with other advocacy organizations, to the U.S. Department of Education on its No Child Left Behind proposed rulemaking concerning graduation rates, data collection, and other matters; and on proposed IDEA Part C (infants and toddler) rules.
  • In response to the current economic crisis impacting many schools for the deaf, the NAD sent letters urging slow and careful evaluations to ensure that each child’s placement is appropriate.