- Bilingual Communication Policy (pdf)
Illinois School for the Deaf is an accessible ASL/ English bilingual community in which people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing learn and work together without language and communication barriers.
In support of the Illinois School for the Deaf's accessible bilingual philosophy, the separation of ASL and English when communicating to/with others is expected. This helps ensure optimal accessibility and benefits all students and staff.
Illinois School for the Deaf is an accessible ASL/ English bilingual community that enhances the experience of learning and working together without language and communication barriers with people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing.
The strategic use of ASL and English separately is expected for everyone to:
Suggestions for Improvement should always be respectful and constructive, and never public.
**In the coming months, we will experience a trial and error process to refine and achieve our communication philosophy and policies. We anticipale over time, ASL and English language separation will become natural to us. We will see our skills improve and rules that govern our communication choices in a bilingual context will become more apparent.
** This policy is modeled after the policy used by the Wisconsin School for the Deaf. Our thanks go to them for sharing their excellent work.
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