Welcome to the Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Teacher Resource page. The purpose of this page is to support teachers who are teaching deaf and hard of hearing students in a rich and meaningful way. Every child has a right to learn. The United Nations Rights of the Child defines this in articles 23, 28, and 29. Please see below for more information as well as links to frequently asked questions, activities, classroom ideas, ASL support videos, and more.
Rights and Responsibilities to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students in Saskatchewan
A disability is defined as “any degree of physical disability, infirmity, malformation or disfigurement and, without limiting the generality of the foregoing, includes… deafness or hearing impediment” (Government of Saskatchewan, 2015).
“Discrimination is any act, behavior, or practice, which may be intentional or unintentional, that has the purpose or effect of imposing burdens, obligations, disadvantages, or preferences on a person or class of persons based on any of the prohibited grounds set out in The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code” (Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 2016).
Rights of Students:
All students have a right to education. As outlined in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, “Every person and every class of persons shall enjoy the right to education in any school, college, university or other institution or place of learning, vocational training or apprenticeship without discrimination on the basis of a prohibited ground other than age” (Government of Saskatchewan, 2015).
“Deaf People Can Do Anything Hearing People Can, Except Hear.” Dr. King Jordan
It is the responsibilities of school, administration, and teachers to provide deaf and hard of hearing students with an equal opportunity in education by not discriminating against those with a disability. This is accomplished through accommodations, services, or facilities based on the student’s specific needs. As described in the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code that no person shall “discriminate against any person or class of persons with respect to the accommodation, services or facilities to which the public is customarily admitted or that are offered to the public (Government of Saskatchewan, 2015).
Government of Saskatchewan. (2015). The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada: The Queen's Printer.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic. (2016, 01 29). reasonableaccommodation712. Retrieved 03 03, 2018, from Saskatchewan Polytechnic: https://saskpolytech.ca/about/about-us/documents/policies/reasonableaccommodation712.pdf
Access to Learning: What Does That Mean for Deaf Children?
Presented by Dr. Debra Russell - University of Alberta, Dept. of Educational Psychology, Faculty Member At Deaf Expo in Saskatoon, SK 2018 Voice and Closed Captioned