White Wave (ayala920) wrote in anti_bad_terps,
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What would you do??? (Cross-posted to anti_bad_terps, aslterps and <lj comm

New Student: But there's no interpreter in that class. Can I be in here today?
His former teacher: Do you think you're always going to have an interpreter with you? No. Go to your class.

For starters, I need to say I work in a residential treatment facility for kids (under 21), so sometimes we have special circumstances where kids can't be placed together. However...

We have a new deaf student. Well, really he's an old resident who was sent back. His schedule was supposed to be the same as it was when he was here 2 months ago, since it's almost the end of the semester and he isn't getting credit anyway. But, for reasons they won't tell me (his interpreter) or him, they won't put him in his last hour class with the other mainstreamed Deaf kids. I told the teacher flat-out that it was stupid, and she said "too bad for him." Our principal and registrar were both gone today, so I promised the student we'd talk to them on Monday.

My question is this: What would you do? Even if there is a legitimate reason why he can't be in science, how is it okay to put him in a gym class with all hearing kids and a teacher who doesn't sign? It's ridiculous. And it made me REALLY pissed. I asked our one Deaf employee (a TA) what she thought, and she said, "that's bullshit, and against the law." I agree completely. So what do I do? I've tried arguing these things with them before, and they don't listen. They already have one Deaf girl in an art class without an interpreter, because I'm in another class, and they won't hire another interpreter. They seem to think that it's okay to mainstream a kid without an interpreter as long as it's not a core class.
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Pardon my french, but that's just fucked up! Furthermore I wouldn't be surprised if it indeed was illegal, further proving that a hearing person who won't listen has no advantage over someone who cannot hear. This is a prime example why we need more skilled interpreters and why we need to enforce what ever laws we have on record to make sure everyone has every opportunity!!!
It's a really frustrating situation, especially for me, because... well, sometimes I don't feel like I don't have as much of a right to complain, because I'm actually not even a certified interpreter myself, you know? It's like, I've been signing for almost my whole life, I could do really well on a test, but time and money have prevented me from taking one so far. So I try to interpret as much as I can because I DO know the system and how things work and I really want these kids to have the best access to communication that they can. And then something like this happens and it's just like... Grr. That's the best way I can express myself. Grr. :)
grr indeed, I hate the system sometimes :-(
Use the ADA law as an example- They have to provide another interpreter for your students- Talk to the principal and see what she/he says. It is the law to provide what the student/deaf client needs.
I'm going to see how the talk with the principal goes on Monday. I'm afraid one of two things will happen:
1. Passive agressive me won't be able to speak up like I want, because I tend to let people walk on me. Or...
2. I'll end up getting so mad I say things I regret, because I've been known to do that in the past too.

*sigh* We'll just have to wait and see.
do you have CART providers available?
It's a residential treatment facility (AKA, a place for kids who are more fucked up than you'd believe). Besides, what good would CART be in a gym class?