SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 116
June 21, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||American Sign Language course work and foreign language credit|
House Joint Resolution No. 228 (Delegate James H. Dillard, Fairfax) of the 1996 General Assembly requests that public schools and public and private institutions of higher education in Virginia recognize American Sign Language (ASL) course work for foreign language credit. A copy of the resolution is enclosed. As requested by the General Assembly, Ms. Michelle Easton, President of the Board of Education, is transmitting a copy of the resolution to local school boards. Superintendent's Informational Memorandum No. 126 dated May 31, 1989 established that credits earned in American Sign Language course work would satisfy the foreign language requirements of the advanced studies diploma. A student may apply two credits of ASL and two credits of another foreign language to earn that diploma. Many students in Virginia have earned foreign language credit through successful completion of American Sign Language course work. School divisions seeking resources will find valuable assistance from the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH). VDDHH maintains a resource library that includes materials regarding American Sign Language, ASL curriculum and instruction, and Deaf culture. In addition, VDDHH staff members have extensive experience in ASL and curriculum development in ASL and Deaf culture. VDDHH can be contacted at 1-800-552-7917 (voice/TTY). For further information about this resolution, you may contact Dr. Lissa Power-deFur in the Division of Policy and Public Affairs at (804) 225-2818. WCBJr/lpdf Enclosure: This memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office c: Ms. Susan Walker-Buckland, Director Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing