What is the Deaf Child Bill of Rights

The Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights – taken from “Communication Considerations A to Z” by Lawrence Siegel, JD.

What is a Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights (DCBR)?

The Deaf Child’s Bill of Rights is specific state law that recognizes the unique communication and language needs of deaf and hard of hearing children. The first state to enact a DCBR was South Dakota, but many more have followed, including Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Georgia. While the DCBR is an important first step in having the state formally acknowledge the unique needs of our children, it does not automatically resolve all problems and immediately change program options. The DCBR does, however, recognize the important needs of our children and should be used in IEPs (Individual Education Programs) and other discussions with school districts. In some cases they have been used successfully in due process hearings.

Why is it necessary to have a DCBR?

To find out more about the DCBR, visit TN Bill of Rights.