Equity of Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Newfoundland and Labrador
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TO THE HONOURABLE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY OF THE PROVINCE OF NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR IN PARLIAMENT ASSEMBLED
The Petition of the undersigned residents HUMBLY SHEWETH;
Whereas deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) children in the public education system of Newfoundland and Labrador are not receiving full and equivalent access to a quality education because of the lack of appropriate full time resources;
Whereas from 1964-2010, DHH children were provided with a full time quality education in the Newfoundland School for the Deaf (NSD), but DHH children currently placed in mainstream schools receive only a fraction of a school day with a teacher qualified to instruct DHH children;
Whereupon the undersigned, your petitioners, humbly pray and call upon the House of Assembly to urge Government to undertake an immediate, complete and thorough assessment of the supports in place for DHH children by a committee of at least two independent and recognized experts in the field of DHH education and to accept the recommendations of these experts, and in the interim take measures to honour the support commitments made to all current and future students upon closure of the NSD in 2010 to ensure that all DHH children are provided with access to a quality education equivalent to hearing classmates, as well as access to sign language.
And as in duty bound your petitioners will ever pray.
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