SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Deaf rights activists will rally Wednesday for their civil rights in front of the Abraham Lincoln statue in the state’s capital.
Deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind people will gather from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at more than 45 state capitals. Family, friends and allies will stand together to raise awareness of the deaf community’s issues — American sign language as the language of instruction for deaf children, denial of employment opportunities and workplace discrimination.
Critics say deaf people are denied equal communication access or receive inadequate or inappropriate accommodation in hospitals and doctors’ offices, where equal access is mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Critics say the quality of education for deaf children is abysmal compared to non-deaf children.
The congregation of people behind the rally, the Deaf Grassroots Movement, held its first rally Sept. 5-6, 2015, in Washington, D.C., to raise awareness and call to action the deaf community and its allies. The group’s Illinois chapter has two state representatives and eight activists from different counties.
For, visit tdgm2015.org.