The State of New Jersey has established a Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights that gives students, “access to direct instruction in their preferred communication mode, which might be through speaking and listening or it might be through American Sign Language,” according to Peggy McDonald, the deputy assistant commissioner of student services for the state Department of Education, who was quoted in an article posted on the NJ 101.5 website.
The bill also helps ensure that parents have information relating to communication options for their child, McDonald said in the article.
Children in New Jersey receive annual hearing screenings from kindergarten through third grade, but older children may be referred at any time if it’s thought the child might have a hearing disability. Educators would then come up with a plan of action to best help the child’s learning.
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Source: NJ 101.5