Sunday, January 07, 2007

Leaving Idaho Deaf School to be Closed?

I have been monitoring the events as they unfold at Idaho school for the Deaf and Blind and one frustrating thing is...why aren't more people outside of Idaho stepping in to help the Idaho deaf citizens? I can understand that every state has its own problems and their own citizens are attending to it. The bigger issue for me is - why aren't Gallaudet University, National Technical Institute for Deaf, National Association of the Deaf, et al stepping in? Isn't it their mission to serve the deaf citizens at large whether they are afflicted or not with the school or organization?

To whom have the right connections with Gallaudet, NTID, NAD, et al. Please ask them about stepping in to assist Idaho deaf citizens to save the residential school. Two links are provided to contact and offer your assistance; Idaho Association of the Deaf and Idaho Council for the Deaf.


Anonymous said...

Sonny, that is a very good question. I've been wondering the same thing, too.


Alan Wilding said...

I hear you! I've been wondering the same. I grew up in Idaho and attended the Idaho School for the Deaf. I can tell you guys exactly when things started going downhill--the moment Carl Peterson decided Dr. Angel Ramos was not a good superitendent (something that the facts, students, and faculty have shown time and time again to NOT be true). People in Idaho, myself included, have asked for help from the outside community. We haven't seen much. NAD has given some advice--especially Kelby Brick and Bill Millios. Other than that.....??? Where are you guys???

I am working with my father on starting a letter-writing campaign, much like the one we did when Dr. Ramos was suspended from his duties. I hope you guys will help me spread the word and get hundreds, even thousands, of letters to the Idaho goverment.