:: Destroying isolation at Deaf Pride Day: (Nevada Appeal) ::

Destroying isolation at Deaf Pride Day: (Nevada Appeal)

Jarid Shipley
Appeal Staff Writer,

jshipley@nevadaappeal.com
April 15, 2007

Nevada is facing a crisis that is preventing a portion of its population from getting a good education. The problem is based in one of the foundations of education, language.

“California has issued a state emergency because of the lack of qualified sign language instructors and interpreters and while Nevada hasn’t declared it, we are facing an even bigger crisis,” said Cindy Frank, Deaf Studies instructor and program coordinator at Western Nevada Community College.

Frank said the problem most effects school-age children because more than 70 percent of interpreters being used in schools aren’t certified and interpret less than half of what is said correctly to deaf students.

“The deaf children are suffering because of this. A lot of them are graduating without the education or skills they need,” Frank said.

That was one of the focuses of the inaugural Deaf Pride Day at WNCC on Saturday. The event was organized by the college’s American Sign Language Club as a way to bring awareness and support to the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

“We were so impressed with the outpouring of support, even from people who don’t know a word of sign language, but wanted to help,” said Julie Balderson, ASL Club president.

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