Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children

Human Right to Language: Communication Access for Deaf Children

by Lawrence Siegel
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563683660

ISBN-13: 9781563683664

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Gallaudet University Press

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 M. Siegel wholeheartedly disagrees with this decision in these pages. Instead, he contends that the United States Constitution should protect every deaf and hard of hearing child's right

Overview

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 M. Siegel wholeheartedly disagrees with this decision in these pages. 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 about her, the child is denied any chance of success in life.

In this ingenious, well-grounded argument, Siegel proposes that the First and Fourteenth Amendments to 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 he offers 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.

About the Author:
Lawrence M. Siegel is the Founder and Director of the National Deaf Education Project and a special education attorney in San Francisco, CA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563683664
Publisher:
Gallaudet University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     ix
Prologue     xi
Communication and Language
Introduction     3
The Importance of Communication and Language     14
The Argument for a Constitutional Right to Communication and Language
Communication, Language, and Education     27
The First Amendment: The Broad Right to Express and Receive Information and Ideas     44
The First Amendment and Freedom of Association     63
The Importance of the First Amendment: Protecting the Extremes of Speech     77
Introduction to the Fourteenth Amendment     93
Equal Protection and the Place of Education in American Society     106
Equal Protection and the Right to Communication and Language     116
The Application of Bilingual-Education Law and Programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students     125
Conclusions and Recommendations
A Proposal     147
Index     159

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