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Cuomo's Plan to Move Deaf Students Does Not Make Sense

March 9th 2011
New York Governor Cuomo's proposal to eliminate state funded schools for the deaf and move Deaf students into public school districts does not make sense. Schools for the deaf offer an inclusive, language rich environment to Deaf students using American Sign Language, a visual language that is equally accessible, while public schools are disorganized and inconsistent in how they educate Deaf students. Furthermore, schools for the deaf in our country have been around since American School for the Deaf was first established in Hartford, Connecticut in 1817.  The schools are valuable, historical centers of American Deaf culture and language. To shut them down is a domino effect of launching cultural genocide against the Deaf community. If it's about saving New York state money, I believe Governor Cuomo is misinformed because the other motive is too dark.

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