DeafWire Edition – 19 August 2023

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Former Deaf teacher wins lawsuit

An American teacher named Deanna Glasser won a case against the Kentucky School for the Deaf. She reported problems at the school – not enough staff who sign and not following students’ special education plans. Glasser said the principal, Toyah Robey, held meetings with Deaf staff present without sign language interpreters. Glaser says that her contract wasn’t renewed because she spoke out against discrimination. A jury agreed the school didn’t renew her contract because she spoke up, and awarded her $240,000 in damages.


Deaf primary school receives top marks

Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children, near King’s Cross station in London received another outstanding rating for the fourth time in a row from Ofsted, the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. The school teaches both British Sign Language and English. The headteacher, Mr. Sive said that he is proud of the school and its dedicated staff, and attributes the school’s success to the hard work of the staff, students, parents, and governors.


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Couple teaches sign and Deaf culture

One couple in Jamaica is offering Jamaican Sign Language classes through PAH! Bridging the Gap to emphasize the relationship between JSL and culture. As PAH founder Stephanie McIntyre-Groves explains: “…we teach Deaf culture along with Jamaican Sign Language because we believe that you can’t know one without the other; they are almost married.” Stephanie’s Deaf husband Kamar is the main teacher of the courses. They have taught 139 hearing and 2 Hard of Hearing people, and the number continues to grow.

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Deaf championship Football League

In early July, Warsaw, Poland hosted the Deaf Championship Football League. Twelve teams from around Europe participated. After the competition, there were awards for the best player, best goalkeeper, best coach, most honest player, and the youngest player.

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