Signed/captioned vlog from Gianna. (Bit 'jerky' my end but...)
Hello! It's Gianna again...FINALLY! I know it's been a while and you will see why when you watch this video. Ever since I transferred to San Dieguito Academy High School in Encinitas, CA my sophomore year I have gotten no services that I am entitled to under the Americans with Disabilities Act Law (ADA) even with an Individualized Education Program (IEP). I was denied an interpreter for graduation on June 14th, 2013 as well as my Deaf/HOH friends.
Allow me to introduce Chuck Adams, the super intendant of San Dieguito Union High School District. He's the one who has made these decisions with the help of uncaring IEP specialists and teachers. This is something the Deaf/HOH and hearing community needs to know. That Deaf/HOH kids like me in mainstream schools are not getting equal access to communication and education. The districts are deceitful and tricky so students are unaware of their rights and what their full potential could be.
Whether it be having a notetaker, captioning or interpreting, it makes such a difference in a student's learning when they have it. I didn't know how much I was missing in Econ until I had an interpreter for only one week. My grade went from a C-to a B in just a week because I comprehended everything the interpreter was saying. But they took it away from me. There are other people at this school who don't have services either, with or without an IEP.
If someone does not physically look like there is something wrong with them they are not given an extra accommodation (this includes kids with ADD and Dyslexia). I am making this public because it is my responsibility to make sure students across the US are getting the education they need to succeed and I will make that happen. I will be attending Rochester Institute of Technology/National Technical Institute for the Deaf in the fall and I know it will be wonderful to get exposure to Deaf/HOH culture everyday since I am not around it so much back home. I am excited to see what lies ahead of me and I am positive I will reach my goal of becoming an advocate for the Deaf/HOH. Please spread the word! We need society to learn!