Five families in the Northside Independent School District, Texas' fourth largest school district, filed a class action lawsuit against the district. In the petition they are alleging several counts of disability discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing students stating that the school district is not providing adequate education for the deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Lubbock-area deaf and hard-of-hearing students in grades six through 12 met at Texas Tech University to learn about coding drones on Saturday. The Discovery Retreat was hosted by the Educational Resource Center on Deafness and the Virginia Murray Sowell Center for Research and Education in Sensory Disabilities. Read more about the retreat featured on KCBD!
Featured in Today's "No Regrets Today" show, Karen Putz, a woman who lost her hearing completely after a water skiing accident talked about how she got back behind the boat skiing all the way to champion status! “Becoming deaf was a blessing,” she says.
On Feb. 19, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Assistant Secretary Johnny Collett visited Texas School for the Deaf to learn more about their education services for students birth through 21 years who are deaf or hard of hearing. He visited the toddler center, elementary school, middle and high school #STEM programs, career and technical education initiatives, and more. The highlight of his time was the direct interactions with the students and teachers at the school. Check out the video of his visit.
Applicants are now invited to apply for Camp SIGN, an outdoor experience program hosted by the Office of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (ODHHS) at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)!
Camp SIGN is held just 35 miles north of Houston at Camp Misty Meadows in Conroe, Texas, which is owned and operated by the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto, Inc. Activities may include: swimming, archery, arts and crafts, horseback riding, STEM, teambuilding, and drama.
Campers -- youth between the ages of 8 and 17 who are deaf or hard of hearing. View application instructions HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8295867304195850499
Counselors -- persons age 18 and older, with leadership skills and interest in working with youth who are deaf or hard of hearing, may apply for a counselor, lead counselor, activity counselor or junior counselor position. View position descriptions HERE: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1979620503856409859
For more information, please contact DHHS.Training@hhsc.state.tx.us or call (512) 982-1709.
ABOUT CAMP SIGN:
Camp SIGN provides an environment of acceptance and encouragement for youth ages 8 through 17, who are deaf or hard of hearing, regardless of their communication mode. Camp SIGN strives to reduce the isolation often felt by persons who are deaf or hard of hearing by offering a place to socialize with others with similar means of communicating.