Thursday, August 1, 2013

Former Teacher Sues Deaf School

A deaf school violated the ADA rights of one of its teachers, according to a lawsuit. Joanne Webb-Barnum is suing the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for denying her request for special accommodations due to a medical conditions. Webb-Barnum worked as a teacher in the school for nearly seven years before being let go this year. She had taken medical leave in February related to her disabilities. The suit also claims she did not get the support and training needed to deal with some of pre-kindergarten students with behavioral issues. Instead, she was reassigned as a teacher's assistant when problems developed. The school has not yet responded to the suit.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That school is audism. The head of school want to hire more hearing teachers and laid off deaf teachers.

Anonymous said...

That school is run by audists. They do not care about Deaf people. They harrass any Deaf leaders. What about that lady Vice President of NAD? What is she doing there and she is looking other way? Why can't she tell the truth? It is disgusting how events happen at PSD. Innocent Deaf children's lives are ruined by those corrupted people at PSD. FIRE THEM ALL! HIRE DEAF ADMINISTRATORS AND TEACHERS!!!!!! PSD is hyprocrite for Deaf school now. Need to throw them out!

Anonymous said...

A former Deaf teacher stood up and protested. He lost his job for what he believe in.

Anonymous said...

A former Deaf teacher stood up and protested. He lost his job for what he believe in. FIRE ALL HEARING ADMINISTRATORS!!!!

Anonymous said...

Truth? "Innocent children's lives ruined??" Being fired for standing up for what he believed in? The truth is that this teacher was not rehired for not seeking proper certification - year after year - and was warned several times to become certified or not be rehired. This teacher was fired for standing up in a student-led JRNAD meeting and inciting the students with the same lies and misinformation as are posted in these comments.

Anonymous said...

How long do we perpetuate a culture of blame? Do we play the blame game, cover up the truth, and pass the buck? It's like the Emperor's Clothes. Eventually it's discovered that we have no clothes. Protocol is not followed and state and federal laws are completely disregarded. What happens to the welfare of children when a school walks around with"no clothes on?" If you are smart enough, you can figure it out.

Anonymous said...

Two words come to mind... Entitlement and qualification... I am not a fan of the school either, but the comments above demonstrate the larger problem. Certification is a requirement and one that, until now, the school has chosen not to follow. It is not the fault of the administration, if certification cannot/was not achieved.
I am tired of the Deaf-Hearing divide that has been manufactured at this school. The focus is on educating students and in that area, they are behind. Administration is trying to raise those expectations, and because of that, staff are being held accountable.

Anonymous said...

This sad story about psd i m present suing psd right now...psd againist deaf staff rights. Hiring hearing staff that not asl fluents. Rehire old staff who label as child verbal abuse and physical abusive and force them to eat specific food. Too many names about psd i former worked psd they fired me bec of not proper conversationw ith student off campus. Which it all postive advice for children to stay out of trouble.. Smh