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ASL with English Interpretation
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Over 90% of Deaf children are born to hearing parents who are unfamiliar with
Over 90% of Deaf children are born to hearing parents who are unfamiliar with sign language. As a result, these children are deprived of full language access early on. Language deprivation can also occur for older Deaf school-age children who are deprived of full language access when misinformed and outdated ideologies persist, such as suspensions at Deaf residential schools. When students are suspended from the classroom, they are deprived of the rich sign language exposure they would otherwise receive. This is especially important for Black Deaf students who may be disproportionately suspended in Deaf schools and have been shown to score lower on tests of academic and sign language ability. This article presents suspension data from one Deaf school with a focus on suspension patterns of Black Deaf students. Our results show that Black Deaf students, especially Black males, may be at risk of being suspended at higher rates than other students in Deaf Schools. We argue that high suspensions deprive Black Deaf students of full access to the rich language that is available in Deaf classrooms and restricts their ability to thrive linguistically and academically.
1. Participants will be able to define suspension as it relates to academics.
2. Participants will be able to recall the definition of language deprivation.
3. Based on data provide, participants will be able to identify patterns in suspension provided by public learning institutes.
4. Participants will be able to look at data provided and compare and contrast ethic discrepancies in the data.
Dr. Lisalee D. Egbert’s research intermingles early elementary and special education (specifically Deaf Education) with a focus on bilingual-bicultural (American Sign Language/English) education as it relates to early literacy. Her work explores the inter-development of language, literacy, and cognition within the framework of social justice and equality. She is a professor and coordinator for the ASL program at the University of Texas at Arlington. Addressing her Native American heritage and her first sign language, Plains Indian Sign Language (PISL), she contributed to an eBook: “Native Americans in Texas: A Look at Four Texas Tribes Before the European Arrival.” Dr. Egbert, a bilingual person herself, has served as keynote speaker for Conferences in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies in the United States, and Canada and has presented break-out sessions at numerous conferences related to education, language, culture, and social justice. Her research has been published in journals and periodicals as well. She served as associate editor for 6 peer-reviewed journals whose focus is predominantly literacy and language. She began my teaching career (1993) in the classroom (ages 0 – 21) in public schools. After teaching high school for special education (Deaf Education) students in Texas, Dr. Egbert relocated to California where she worked in one of the largest districts in the United States: Los Angeles Unified School District. Teaching in the Los Angles California area (TRIPOD) afforded me a wonderful opportunity to work with highly diverse and multilingual parents and Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) children. In the Parent, Infant, Toddler program (Special Education: PIT program ages 0 -3 years old) children and their families, Dr. Egbert not only taught in the classroom, but also, went on home visits to work directly with children and their families.Dr. Egbert has worked as an expert witness for Deaf and Hard of Hearing related to educational issues and is often called upon by both state and federal courts to testify. She serves on several state and national boards which focus Deaf and Hard of Hearing children’s right to language – especially American Sign Language – in education and other services. The Governor of Maryland for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing bestowed on her a Civic Engagement Award for her service to the state regarding social justice, diversity, and equality. Moreover, she has been awarded California Legislature with certificate of recognition and commendation by the California Legislature and the City of Los Angeles.
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