An organization which represents deaf and hard-of-hearing students says it continues to by stymied by the school board in its attempts to introduce a volunteer program in the schools to encourage more interaction with hearing students.
Kim Churchill of the Children’s Language Acquisition Support System, or CLASS, has a son who is deaf. She can’t understand why the English School District continues to put up roadblocks.
The program would have seen volunteers visit elementary schools at lunchtime once a week to offer introductory sign language. It would have been delivered free of charge to the board.
Churchill told VOCM Open Line with Paddy Daly this morning that it would have begun in October but was cancelled by the school district one week before. Half-a-year later and dozens of emails among the board, NLTA and CLASS, and they’re no further ahead.
She says a communication gap often exists between hearing and non-hearing people. She says 23 of 33 elementary schools on the Avalon wanted the program. They would’ve been able to accommodate eight with their volunteer resources.