Deaf medical school student denied translator

Michael Argenyi has a cochlear implant.

by Margery A. Beck - Creighton University is appealing a federal judge’s ruling requiring it to provide a deaf student with special equipment and interpreters to allow him to finish his last two years of medical school. U.S. District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled in December that Creighton University’s medical school must accommodate Michael Argenyi’s disability. Last […]

Deaf education program is revamped

by Laura Gjovaag – The Sunnyside School District is striving to meet its goal of serving every child. Part of that effort involves beefing up the district’s deaf education program. Although students were served in the past, the district recently hired a new teacher and sign language interpreters. This year, the district also started looking […]

Plaintiff surprised by school district’s legal strategy in special ed lawsusit

by Phil Ferolito – The Grandview School District’s failure to educate a deaf student has proven costly since the dispute began four years ago in state court. Now, there’s no telling how much more expense will incur as the district continues to battle the plaintiff in federal court. The district has spent more than $440,000 […]

One more school for the deaf faces low enrollment

by Howard Weiss-Tisman – Vermont Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing President Bill Gurney knows there is a future for the organization, but at this point he just doesn’t know exactly what it is. Advancements in medicine and technology, changes in education law, soaring fuel costs and a stubborn economy that refuses to […]

Districts await ruling on their obligation to provide transcription services for deaf students

by Mark Walsh – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear appeals from two California school districts of lower-court rulings that backed one-on-one classroom-transcription services for two deaf or hard-of-hearing students. The Tustin and Poway unified school districts each appealed a decision last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th […]

Proposed act would provide special education for every child who is blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced today the introduction of H.R. 4040­—the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act­, the most comprehensive special education legislation for students with visual or hearing disabilities to date. “Right now, our schools are not prepared to help children who are visually impaired or hearing impaired develop to their fullest […]

Lawmakers get a glimpse into deaf and blind education

by Wendy Leonard – Trace Malone wrote a letter to his state legislator and didn’t ask for anything except for a quick handshake. “It was the coolest letter, hand-addressed and written in Braille,” said Rep. Lee Perry, R-Perry. He said he couldn’t pass up the chance to meet 15-year-old Trace, of Ogden, who is blind. […]

Deaf medical school student wins suit requiring translation support

by Margery A. Beck – A federal judge has ruled that Creighton University’s medical school must provide a deaf student with special equipment and interpreters to allow him to finish his last two years there. But the judge also ruled Friday that the university does not have to reimburse Michael Argenyi for more than $100,000 […]

Blind college student sues over lack of technological access

Aleeha Dudley, Miami University junior.

by Meagan Pant – A Miami University junior, who has been blind since birth, says she has struggled academically to complete her zoology degree because new technology used by the school is not accessible to her. This is a common problem today for blind students on college campuses, advocates say, and has prompted Aleeha Dudley […]

Communicating with your deaf child

by Louise Tickle – “When you’re trying to explain a new thing, you take note of it more closely, because signing requires you to describe the details,” says Esther Freeman, mom of four-year-old Jasmine, who was born profoundly deaf. “If I was describing a crow to my two year-old [hearing] son Benjamin, I might say […]