Human Right to Language Communication Access for Deaf Children

ISBN-10: 1563683660
ISBN-13: 9781563683664
Edition: 2008
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Description: In 1982, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Amy Rowley, a deaf six-year-old, was not entitled to have a sign language interpreter in her public school classroom. Lawrence Siegel wholeheartedly disagrees with this decision in his new book  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Gallaudet University Press
Publication date: 4/15/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 180
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

In 1982, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Amy Rowley, a deaf six-year-old, was not entitled to have a sign language interpreter in her public school classroom. Lawrence Siegel wholeheartedly disagrees with this decision in his new book "The Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children," Instead, he contends that the United States Constitution should protect every deaf and hard of hearing child's right to communication and language as part of an individual's right to liberty. Siegel argues that when a deaf or hard of hearing child sits alone in a crowded classroom and is unable to access the rich and varied communication around her, the child is denied any chance of success in life. In "The Human Right to Language," Siegel proposes that the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution be enforced so that Amy Rowley and her peers can possess that which virtually every other American child takes for granted - the right to receive and express thought in school. He asserts that the common notion of a right to "speech" is too infrequently interpreted in the narrowest sense as the right to "speak" rather than the broader right to receive and transmit information in all ways. Siegel reveals that there are no judicial decisions or laws that recognize this missing right, and offers here a legal and constitutional strategy for change. His well-reasoned hypothesis and many examples of deaf children with inadequate communication access in school combine to make a compelling case for changing the status quo.

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Communication and Language
Introduction
The Importance of Communication and Language
The Argument for a Constitutional Right to Communication and Language
Communication, Language, and Education
The First Amendment: The Broad Right to Express and Receive Information and Ideas
The First Amendment and Freedom of Association
The Importance of the First Amendment: Protecting the Extremes of Speech
Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment
Equal Protection and the Place of Education in American Society
Equal Protection and the Right to Communication and Language
The Application of Bilingual-Education Law and Programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Conclusions and Recommendations
A Proposal
Index

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