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Some want language changed in state's deaf child bill of rights

4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Monday, January 26 2015 Jan 26, 2015 January 26, 2015 4:49 AM January 26, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Jessica LeBlanc

PORT ALLEN - Several deaf advocacy groups gathered together Saturday morning until the afternoon to discuss ways they want to see legislation changed for deaf children in the state.

Around a hundred people were at The Louisiana Summit for Deaf and Education Reform.

Groups including Lighthouse Louisiana and Hands and Voices were represented.

Some want to change the language in the Louisiana Deaf Child Bill of Rights in hopes that it will provide more assistance to kids.

"These are the major things...changing 'entitled' to 'shall have', adding 'deaf-blind' to the bill and mandating a communication plan to be used for all deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing and we also will be talking to the department of education...we think they should include all nonverbal kids and all kids who have communication issues," said Rana Ottallah.

Ottallah said she has been working closely with a legislator to make the proposed revisions to the bill.

The legislative session begins in April.


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