CAD-ASC Sends Letter to save Centre Jules Legere

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CAD-ASC Sends Letter to save Centre Jules Legere
February 23, 2011


23 February 201 

To Whom It May Concern:

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada expresses its strong support of the three concerns of the students at the Centre Jules Leger (CJL).

The Canadian Association of the Deaf-Association des Sourds du Canada is the national information, research, and community action organization of Deaf people in Canada. We promote and protect the rights, needs, and concerns of those who are linguistically and culturally Deaf.

On July 19th in Vancouver at International Congress of Educators of the Deaf (ICED), educators of the Deaf affirmed the need for Deaf schools and Sign language. Furthermore, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities explicitly supports “recognizing and promoting the use of Sign languages” (Article 21, section e); “facilitating the learning of Sign language and the promotion of the linguistic identity of the Deaf community” (Article 24, section 3b), and “ensuring that the education of persons, and in particular children, who are blind, deaf or deafblind, is delivered in the most appropriate languages and modes and means of communication for the individual, and in environments which maximize academic and social development.” (Article 24, section 3c). That last article means Deaf schools like CJL..

The Ministry of Education is therefore legally and morally bound to respect the UN Convention. It must also recognize and respect the New Era document of the ICED, as the official advisory position of experienced educators of the Deaf from all over the world.

The students at Centre Jules Leger must receive a better quality of education, and must be led by an administrator who is recognized and certified as an expert in Deaf education.
The Ministry must cease its deliberate attempt to starve the Centre of new students as part of its very obvious plan to justify the eventual closing of the Centre.



Doug Momotiuk