Do you find this Offensive? "Toro School for the Hearing Impaired"
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An elementary school program for Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Salinas, California, continues to use the same sign it erected upon the first day of opening: "Toro School for the Hearing Impaired." According to the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the term hearing impaired was coined a long time ago by those wanting to be politically correct.
NAD explains: "For many people, the words “deaf” and “hard of hearing” are not negative. Instead, the term “hearing-impaired” is viewed as negative. The term focuses on what people can’t do. It establishes the standard as “hearing” and anything different as “impaired,” or substandard, hindered, or damaged. It implies that something is not as it should be and ought to be fixed if possible. To be fair, this is probably not what people intended to convey by the term “hearing impaired.”
Although most paperwork referring to this program has already made the change to "Toro School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing," the sign in front of the school remains and continues to reinforce the use of the offensive term of hearing impaired.
Please sign this petition addressed to the administrators of Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) and Toro School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (otherwise known as Toro School for the Hearing Impaired by their sign).
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Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) / Toro School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing needs to change the sign to reflect the name they use now.
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