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ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE TAUGHT TO DEAF DISABLED CHILD/ADULTS

i AM WORKING WITH A DEAF ADULT WHO WENT TO DEAF'BLIND STATE SCHOOL. HE WAS TAUGHT ASL (AM SIGN LANG) BUT NEVER TAUGHT TO READ AND WRITE IN ENGLISH. BECAUSE OF THIS HE CAN'T PASS A TABE TEST AT 2ND GRADE LEVEL, VR WON'T WORK WITH HIM, NO CAPACITY, THEY STATE, SEE HIS TEST SCORES. WE HAVE OTHER DEAF COMMUNITY MEMBERS IN OUR SMALL TOWN. NONE ARE WORKING, EVEN THO ALL COULD WORK, LOW ENGLISH TEST SCORES. THEY WERE NEVER TAUGHT TO READ, WRITE, AND SPEAK (asl) IN ENGLISH. MY STUDENT HAS HIGH CAPACITY, LARGE HS LEVEL VOCABULARY BUT IS HAVING TO LEARN ENGLISH AT 30 + YEARS OF AGE. HOW MUCH SIMPLER WOULD IT HAVE BEEN TO TEACH HIM WHEN HE WAS YOUNG? SC IS NOT THE ONLY STATE WITH THIS PROBLEM. IF WE CHECK ON OTHER DISABLED CHILDREN AND ADULTS WE WILL FIND THAT OTHER DISABLED PEOPLE WERE NEVER TAUGHT THE WORK AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS OF OUR NATIVE LANGUAGE AND THEREFORE CAN'T FUNCTION IN COLLEGE, TECH SCHOOLS, EMPLOYMENT TRAINING, VOC REHAB SERVICES, OR IN SOCIETY ITSELF. THESE STUDENTS DESERVE BETTER THAN THEY HAVE BEEN GETTING. WE HAVE 800 PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY AND AT LEAST 10 DON'T HAVE ENGLISH BECAUSE OF DEAFNESS OR OTHER DISABILITIES, ONLY ASL. IT IS A REAL SHAME WHEN ALL OF THEM WANT TO WORK.

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