Dear Teachers with Deaf/HoH Students,
As the school years begins for you I just want to take a moment to say thank you. Thank you to the Deaf ed teachers that are working with limited resources and making it happen. Thank you to the mainstream and inclusion teachers that are working with Deaf students with little to no training but are doing their best to make it work. Thank you to the coaches and extracurricular activity leaders that find ways to include Deaf/HH students.
You all have a big long task in front of you and I know you will succeed. We have a whole school year to educate and engage the minds of young Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. I know most of you have no resources, minuscule budgets and little support. However you all work miracles every year and this year will be no different.
Like you do every year you will find Deaf and Hard of Hearing Adults to role model to your students, find a way to use American Sign Language even if that isn’t what is done in your area. You will make the impossible happen.
So I wish you the best of luck this school year.
Thanks for all you do!
Let your hands be heard
Jennifer Dahlgren Richardson
Let Your Hands Be Heard will address issues relating to Deaf Culture, Interpreting, Self-Advocacy and students entering fields pertaining to the Deaf community. Jennifer will format each blog like a letter to a specific group of people. Who do you want Jennifer to write to? Thanks for watching!