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Allegations of unlawful discrimination in education: parents taking their fight for Auslan to the courts

Komesaroff, Linda 2004, Allegations of unlawful discrimination in education: parents taking their fight for Auslan to the courts, Journal of deaf studies and deaf education, vol. 9, no. 2, Spring, pp. 210-218.

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Title Allegations of unlawful discrimination in education: parents taking their fight for Auslan to the courts
Author(s) Komesaroff, Linda
Journal name Journal of deaf studies and deaf education
Volume number 9
Issue number 2
Season Spring
Start page 210
End page 218
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Rochester, N.Y.
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1081-4159
1465-7325
Summary This paper examines the use of the Disability Discrimination Act (Commonwealth of Australia, 1992) by parents seeking access for their deaf children to native sign language in the classroom. It reviews a number of cases in which Australian parents have claimed indirect discrimination by educational authorities over their children's lack of access to instruction through Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and discusses the outcomes of such litigation. The policies endorsed by deafness organizations are contrasted with those of state educational authorities. The author discusses the limitations of a complaints-based system to address systemic discrimination and suggests the need for legislation to protect the linguistic rights of deaf children.
Language eng
Field of Research 130312 Special Education and Disability
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002814

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Social and Cultural Studies in Education
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