Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) Statement

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Canadian Association of the Deaf (CAD) Statement

March 16, 2008

On Tuesday, March 11th, a lawyer in Saskatchewan announced that class action lawsuits will be filed against all 12 provincial Deaf schools across Canada. The lawsuits allege abuse by teachers and fellow students, as well as things like refusing to allow students to return home.

The schools for the Deaf are deeply-valued institutions within our culture. They are not only our educational institutions, they are also the places where we build a community, make life-long friendships, learn our language and culture, and develop social networks.

We stress that the alleged incidents ended in 1996. Since that time, the schools have improved their security and safety. We are confident that any child may be safely enrolled in the Deaf schools today.

While these new allegations have not been proven in court, we recognize the suffering that some students underwent in the past. Our hearts go out to them and we will do everything possible to support them.

Since the matter is now in court, we cannot make further comment on the allegations for legal reasons.

Sheila Carlin
Canadian Association of the Deaf