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Setting D/HH Standard for ‘Appropriate’ Education – Janet DesGeorges

At a recent parent meeting one mom insisted “there  should be a minimum standard of services that ALL deaf and hard of hearing kids  get, so that those of us who aren’t sure what a good quality program looks like  won’t have to start from scratch.”   Excellent point.  Here are some  efforts that have been made towards that end.

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UN Treaty Threatens Parental Choice Concerning Care of Disabled Children – Joanne Appelgate, Oregon parent

[Joanne was a founding member of the Oregon Chapter of Hands & Voices.  She also lobbied for universal newborn hearing screening in her state.  Joanne is the mother of 5 children, the oldest and youngest of whom are profoundly deaf due to Usher’s Syndrome.  She also homeschools her children and is an advocate of the right of parents to direct the care and education of their children.]

“What Works for Your Child is What Makes the Choice Right” The Hands & Voices motto, which I highly value, applies to communication modalities as well as medical care and educational choices for our kids. 

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Services in the Classroom: Know Your Options Part 1 of a 4 Part Series

Have you ever been in an IEP meeting feeling that there was something your childneeded, but you weren’t sure what it was? Ever feel like, “there must be somethingmore we can do” but you didn’t know what your options were or what to ask for? If so, you are not alone. Often parents in IEP meetings find a “us verses them” mentality amongst the IEP team.The IEP team will present options they are able to provide. It falls to you, the parent, to know what options are available.

The Law is On Your Side

Students with hearing loss fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act or the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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