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Open Letter To The Minister Of Education

Dear Hon. Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

As a follow-up to concerns raised by parents of deaf children and deaf students in both Provincial Schools for the Deaf and School Boards where they offer Deaf education programs, I am writing this letter to support the concerns and recommendations raised at the community forum last Wednesday night February 28 at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf, hosted by the Ontario Association of the Deaf. The attendance was unprecedented with over 450 parents of deaf children and concerned citizens.

It was unfortunate that neither Kathleen Wynne, MPP Don Valley West nor any of your staff from both Constituency Office and Minister's Office were able to attend the Ontario Association of the Deaf Community Forum at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf in the riding of Don Valley West. You have missed the opportunity to listen, first-hand, to the concerns of parents of deaf children and deaf students despite Kathleen Wynne's constituency office received a letter of invitation in three weeks advance until the Minister's office declined the invitation a day before OAD Community Forum was scheduled on February 28.

To date, I have not received any official response from Hon. Kathleen Wynne who promised that Minister's office will contact us for a meeting to discuss the development and implementation of effective and enforceable of ASL/LSQ regulations last December at Queen's Park ( See Hansards dated Dec 21, 2006 at link below) and discuss overdue outstanding issues that have not been resolved. Please refer to my letter at the link below for your background information.

Your prompt response by March 19 will be greatly appreciated

Thank you for your time and serious consideration into this urgent matter that require your attention.

Sincerely

Gary Malkowski

Former Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Education and Training

Former MPP York East (1990-1995)

PBS Documentary explores history of Deafness "Through Deaf Eyes," a two-hour PBS documentary exploring 200 years of deaf life in America, will air nationally on PBS on Wednesday, March 21 at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). The film presents the shared experiences - family life, education, work, and community connections - from the perspective of deaf citizens and was inspired by the exhibition, "History Through Deaf Eyes," curated by Jack R. Gannon of Gallaudet University. Check the PBS website for additional content after the show: http://www.pbs.org

The documents referred to above can be accessed at http://www.cwd-o.org/cwdo/activities/files/open_letter.zip (22 kb).

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