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Meeting At LCC About MSU Deaf Education/ASL Classes On Wednesday, February 3, 2010

January 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Hello again!

This coming Wednesday, February 3, we will be holding a meeting at Lansing Community College in the Arts and Sciences building, room 121 at 7 p.m. to discuss our next steps in our fight to save Deaf Education and ASL classes at MSU.

Bring ideas and any resources you may have! (Including media!)

Directions can be found here: http://www.lansing.cc.mi.us/maps/main/

Also! In today’s State News…
http://www.statenews.com/index.php/article/2010/01/students_speak_out_against_deaf_education_cuts

Lastly, this is a REMINDER that on FEBRUARY 12, 2010 there will be a Board of Trustees meeting on the 4th floor of the Hannah Administration Building at MSU (where we held the rally).

We need all the supporters we can possibly get! You do NOT have to speak. Your attendance alone will be the greatest help of all.

As always, please contact me with any questions/concerns you may have. 🙂

Thanks again everyone!

Katie Hosmer

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Memo From EMU to MSU on Deaf Education Program Closure

January 22, 2010 7 comments

Dear Provost Wilcox:
We take the opportunity with this letter to reiterate concerns that you have already heard about the closing of the Deaf Education Program at MSU; however, we feel we would be remiss if we did not support our colleagues and clarify our programs at Eastern Michigan University.
There are two distinctly different philosophies to educating children who are deaf and hard of hearing and given this there are two distinctly different approaches to preparing teachers to teach these children. For over 80 years Eastern Michigan University has been preparing teachers to use an auditory-oral approach to teach children, ie utilizing residual hearing through hearing aids and cochlear implants and teaching students to use spoken language.
Parents of young deaf children who are diagnosed as deaf or hard of hearing choose the educational approach and deserve a highly qualified teacher in whichever approach they choose. Eastern Michigan University can not meet the needs of parents who choose the Deaf culture, American Sign Language option. Eastern Michigan University can not meet the need for teachers at the Michigan School for the Deaf or at other programs with a Deaf culture, American Sign Language approach.
Closing the Deaf Education program at MSU would jeopardize many K-12 Deaf and Hard of Hearing Programs in the State of Michigan, including the School for the Deaf. Without an appropriate training program in the state, Deaf programs that rely on teachers who are highly qualified in American Sign Language would have to look for teachers out of state. Young people who wish to go into teaching this approach would have to seek programs out of the state as well.
The two distinctly different programs, one at MSU and one at EMU have worked well for many years and have been able to adequately meet the need for teachers for the deaf and hard of hearing in the State of Michigan. Your decision to close the Deaf Education program at MSU would have far reaching implications for teachers, children and families in Michigan.

Sincerely,
Faculty of the Department of Special Education
College of Education
Eastern Michigan University

Edited 1/23/2010: Corrected incorrect word usage: residual hearing instead of residential hearing.

MSU Deaf Education Program: Next Board of Trustees meeting on Feburary 12, 2010.

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

After a long, and hopefully enjoyable winter break, it’s time to get back to business. We are running out of time fast and we need your help more than ever.

Despite our several attempts to get the attention of administration through emails, the rally, and the Board of Trustees meeting last month, they have yet to show any signs of reconsideration.

We may be losing time, but please do not give up hope.

There are TWO Board of Trustees meetings left at MSU. The next one is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12 at 9:30 A.M on the 4th floor of the Administration Building. Last time we had about 50 supporters come… this time, we need 100.

Apparently, administration has underestimated our power and determination. Help us prove them wrong.

Interpreters will be provided. Feel free to contact me with any questions/concerns you may have.

Thanks again to all of you for showing continuous support!

Katie Hosmer

NOTE: Two BoT members have left.

KEEP DEAF-ED MAJOR AT MSU! group on Facebook has increased to 2,824 members!
You may join to keep up with the latest information and news: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=180527046260

**Cancellation** – DODHH Rules and Regulations Meeting – January 15, 2010

January 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Click to download the memo: January 15 Cancellation notice Memo – DODHH RRC meeting

Memorandum

DATE: January 11, 2010

TO: Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Interpreter Community

FROM: Sheryl D. Emery, M.A.
Director, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SUBJECT: Cancellation – DODHH Rules and Regulations meeting – January 15, 2010

**DODHH Cancellation Notice**
January 15 Rules and Regulations meeting

The DODHH January 15 Rules and Regulations meeting has been canceled.

Please look for future meeting announcements on the DODHH website at www.mcdc-dodhh.org.

DODHH Rules and Regulations Meeting Announcement – January 15, 2010

January 8, 2010 1 comment

Click to see the memo in pdf format: January 15 Memo – DODHH Rules meeting announcment

If you cannot open this document:

Memorandum

DATE: January 7, 2010
TO: Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing and Interpreter Community
FROM: Sheryl D. Emery, M.A.
Director, Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing
SUBJECT: DODHH Rules and Regulations meeting – January 15, 2010

The next meeting of the DODHH Rules and Regulations committee for PA 204, The Deaf Persons’ Interpreter Act will take place on January 15, 2010.

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Location – Victor Center
3rd floor – Conference rooms A&B
201 N. Washington Square, Suite 150
Lansing, MI 48933
(866) 939-3853 VP
(877) 499-6232 Voice

Public comment will be heard on the afternoon agenda, time limits for comments will apply.
**Please note that public comment for this meeting is not the formal public comment that will occur during the formal hearing of the rules draft.

Please be aware that there is limited seating available at the meeting location and the committee lunch hour is closed to the public. There are a variety of eateries in the area for the public.

Sign language interpreters and real time captioning (CART) will be provided. Should you need additional reasonable accommodations for the meeting, please contact the DODHH no later than January 11, 2010.

New Email Subscription

It has been brought to my attention once again that there was a problem with the current email subscription system, where the title was not showing up via email when a post was made.

I found a new widget provided by WordPress and have added it above the old subscription, to give people time to try this new notification system and then unsubscribe from the old one.

Alternatively, you can use the RSS feed by clicking on the orange icon on the top right side of this blog.

My apologies for any inconvenience this has caused to anyone.

MDC

Support DEAF C.A.N.! Youth Program – Charity Bowl-A-Thon

Please help support the DEAF C.A.N.! Youth Program and Lahser High School’s Academic Bowl Team (see attached flyer)

Sunday, January 24, 2010
1:00 pm – 5:00pm
Airway Lanes – Waterford, Michigan

Your $27 donation includes: Three games of bowling, shoe rental and Pizza.

For additional information please contact Sheri Ann Garnand at java72gecko@yahoo.com


(Click flyer to view in larger size)