Education for All, Communication for All - Hearing and Speech Agency

Education for All, Communication for All

The Trump administration’s proposed budget for 2020 includes Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s proposed cuts to special education and programs, the Special Olympics included. While Trump has since walked back the Special Olympics funding cuts, a 26% cut to state special education grants and a $13 million cut to Gallaudet University’s federal funding still remains.

 

Eliminating more than a quarter of special education grant funding for states will negatively affect hundreds of thousands of students and families across the country. Reducing this funding will reduce the already-scarce services special education students and families need.

At Gallaudet University, a university tailored to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals, students are able to pursue their passions and gain entry into the field of their choosing through education. Many Deaf and hard-of-hearing students miss out on valuable educational experiences throughout elementary and high school due to inaccessible academic environments and a lack of resources. These students have learned to adapt despite countless academic barriers, giving them both critical skills for long-term success and a need for an accessible, tailored learning environment specifically for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing. By reducing funding for Gallaudet, DeVos shows a disregard for language access initiatives and the unique academic potential of Deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Every student deserves  an excellent education that meets their needs-regardless of hearing status. Betsy DeVos should restore funding to state special education grants, Gallaudet University, and other critical programs in the 2020 budget.

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