Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Dayton, Oh WPAFB
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The meeting did not go well.
They are arguing LRE requires he stay in home district.
They are arguing that an interpreter is equivalent.
They are arguing that the whole class will learn to sign so he can socialize freely.
They are arguing a lot more that is absurd and in some cases biased against the Deaf community. They said some things that might bite them in the butt when this goes to mediation (for example, at the end the director said "there's nothing you can bring me (referring to tests, evaluations, laws, etc) that will change my mind. He's not going out of district."
I need to type it all out, but I have a fussy baby, two crazy toddlers, and I'm mentally exhausted.
I'll be back.
1) LRE - means he is put into the Least Restrictive Environment. Meaning he is not pulled out of normal educational classes more than is absolutely needed. It does not mean he has to stay in district to for his education.
2) Are they talking about an ASL in general, or an Educational ASL? There is a total difference between the two. From what I have read, not only does the individual have to be proficient in ASL, but they also have to have a background in education for the level they will be signing at, so in this case Early Childhood Education.
3) Do they realize the actual cost involved in it to them. Not only does the Educational ASL need to be there for all the time he is there in this case, but they also have to be paid their time for preparing and reviewing the teacher's lesson plans so they are familiar with them.
4) The teacher is going to have to modify how S/HE does things, in that they are going to have to keep Connor close to their sight at all times, so he can watch her and watch the Educational ASL Interp. It is a coordinated effort between the two.
5) They cannot force the entire class to learn sign language. I am sure many of the parents of children in the class will be pissed off when they learn that their children will be forced to learn sign language and use it in the classroom. Not only that, but who is going to teach the kids sign language. It is not the job of the Educational ASL to teach ASL. They will have to also hire a teacher to come in and teach ASL to the students. The only responsibility of the Educational ASL is to interpret for your child.
6) Another issue comes in that, what happens when school starts up next year, there are going to be students from there moving onto Kinder at the end of this year, and new students coming in. Basically they are going to have to start him over every single year for the next two years with the socialization. Not only that, but because the kids will not be practicing the ASL over the summer (we are talking 12 weeks/3 months off), how many of them are going to retain what they learn.
7) Have they even posted the position yet? If not, when? And who are they going to bring in as a sub? Again, demand to see this person's qualifications, including educational qualifications. I believe they have to have at least some sort of teacher's license to be an Educational ASL Interp. Right now, they have 7 working days to advertise and fill the position. Do you think they are even going to be able to put together an appropriate add with all the relevant information in that short of a period of time, let alone screen and do the required background checks in the State of Ohio? Highly doubtful. It takes up to two weeks to do the criminal background checks, because they have to do fingerprints, etc. Oh, this will also have to be done for anyone they hire as a temp to fill the position, the criminal background check. IT CANNOT BE DONE. So, is he going to sit in the classroom with no one to sign for him the whole time, until it can be done?
Ok, I am off my soapbox. I just think all local districts are trying to pinch pennies in anyway they can.
I would try to work with the school for the deaf and see what they can help you with resource wise. I would also contact OCECD, and the ODE. I am sure though OCECD will probably refer you to the School for the Deaf as they will probably be your best resource.
I wonder if you can contact the Educational ASL Interp for Dayton Public, they have one, and I found her contact information on-line the other day. I think I goggled "Dayton Ohio Educational ASL Interpreters".