Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
"TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER"
The Ontario Association of the Deaf (OAD) hosts a Community Forum
Wednesday February 28, 2007 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at The Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, in the Gym 2395 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Did You Know:
We Call upon the Ministry of Education to adopt OAD's Eight Point Policy (see below)
Guest Speakers: Michael Prue, NDP MPP Beaches-East York; John Tory, PC Leader/PC Candidate, Don Valley West; Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education/MPP Don Valley West; Gary Malkowski, former Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Education; and other representatives from various agencies are invited to speak and media are confirmed to attend.
1. Ministry of Education lift the prohibition against American Sign Language (ASL), and provide ASL supports and services for deaf children who receive cochlear implants. Furthermore, change the policy established by existing Auditory Verbal Therapy programs that refuse to see deaf children/students with cochlear implants who are currently learning ASL.
2. Ministry of Education direct School Boards to comply with established policies to set criteria for success and transition planning for deaf children/students who are not succeeding in spoken language programs and to put in place preventative mental health strategies.
3. Ministry of Education set policies for protecting the right to access and accommodations for deaf and hard of hearing children/students who wish to learn in a sign language environment or to use sign language as a part of their means of communication
4. Ministry of Education develop and implement ASL/LSQ regulations in order to set policies and standards for ASL/LSQ use for the instruction of deaf and hard of hearing students in Provincial Schools for the Deaf and School Boards serving deaf and hard of hearing students
5. Ministry of Education set policies and standards requiring Ontario College of Teachers and University's Teacher of the Deaf program to set ASL proficiency policies to ensure that present and future teachers of deaf students take ASL courses and pass ASL proficiency tests in order to qualify to teach deaf children effectively in ASL.
6. Ministry of Education set the minimum, or entry-level qualifications for School Boards to comply, screen and hire appropriate qualified sign language interpreters in elementary and secondary school board programs.
7. Ministry of Education establish policies to require school boards to provide mandatory staff training in such areas as anti-audism education and anti-discrimination training for teachers of deaf and hard of hearing students.
8. Ministry of Education set policies and standards for ASL curriculum for deaf and hard of hearing students in Provincial Schools for the Deaf and School Boards serving deaf and hard of hearing students