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Public Policy Issues

  • By: Constance M. Dolecki
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

Deaf people often face obstacles to achieving equal access to various organizations and lifestyle enjoyment. The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) advocates for equal opportunities in education at all levels and in both public and private organizations.

Education

Organizations worldwide support and defend the rights of all deaf people to a quality education. Education is a basic necessity, and access is inconsistent. Some areas of the world provide greater access to education resources, whereas in other countries such resources are less accessible. The United States created the Education for All Handicapped Children Act in 1975. In 1997 the law’s name was changed to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and in 2004 it was updated to the IDEA Improvement Act. These amended laws provide guidelines ...

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