[EDLING:113] Toronto: Deaf protesters demand use of sign language

Francis M. Hult fmhult at DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU
Sun May 13 13:35:27 UTC 2007

Globe and Mail

Deaf protesters demand use of sign language

TORONTO -- Dozens of deaf protesters rallied outside the Ontario Legislature 
yesterday to demand the use of American Sign Language and its francophone 
counterpart, Langue des signes Québécoise, in schools for the deaf.

The Ontario Association of the Deaf said it won the right to have ASL and LSQ 
used in classrooms in 1989, but the province still hasn't enacted the necessary 

The protesters complained there are no minimum standards for teachers or 
interpreters for deaf students, and no curriculum using sign language. 

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