Two bills focusing on educational rights for deaf students in New Jersey cleared the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on Monday, according to an article posted on Insider NJ. The bills were sponsored by Senate Education Committee Vice Chair, Senator Shirley K. Turner (D-NJ) and Chair, Senator M. Teresa Ruiz (D-NJ), and co-sponsored by Senator Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr (D-NJ).
Bill S-2044 establishes the “Deaf Student’s Bill of Rights” for deaf, hard-of-hearing, and deaf-blind children that details access rights to appropriate screening, assessment and early intervention, and instruction or access to those who are fluent in the child’s mode of communication, among other things, according to the article.
Bill S-2045 discusses the creation of a 12-member Working Group on Deaf Education in the Department of Education (DOE) that would make recommendations for the development of early intervention assessments and a parental resource guide related to early linguistic development for deaf and hard-of-hearing children.
Source: Insider NJ