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Thank You – But It’s OUR Cause

Posted Dec 11 2009 12:00am

I would like to thank John Egbert for his blog post expressing support for my efforts to keep the Deaf Education program open at MSU. However, I wanted to emphasize that this is not my cause. This is our cause – the Deaf Community’s cause.  Five thousand of you sent in emails and letters to the State, which most likely played a great role in the State Board of Education’s resolution.

Thank you to the 5 thousand persons who sent in emails!

There are also  numerous individuals who are at the front lines of this situation and they deserve our thanks as well. I cannot list them all, but I would like to recognize these particular individuals and organizations:

  • Freida Morrison, the chair of the Michigan Deaf Community committee and the Membership Coordinator of Michigan Deaf Association;
  • Melissa Rich, Region 1 Representative of MDA and committee member of MDC;
  • Brenda Cartwright, Director of the Lansing Community College Interpreter Training Program
  • Marta Belsky
  • Jacque Thompson, Director of Special Education and Early Intervention
  • Katie Hosmer, Founder of the Facebook Group “Keep Deaf-Ed Major At MSU!” and coordinator of the rally;
  • The National Association of the Deaf for allowing me to blog about this on their website;
  • The State Board of Education for listening to our concerns and issuing their resolution

Despite the SBE’s resolution, the fight is not over. MSU still can and may decide to stick with their decision to close the Deaf Education program. We must keep on watching and pushing to ensure that no matter what happens, there will be a program in Michigan that trains teachers to use American Sign Language with deaf children.

If you have not sent in a letter yet, please send one to the MSU president, provost and Board of Trustees. Their contact information can be found here.

Thank you for all of your support!

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