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  • Laura Obara
    Many thanks for all who wrote letters!! Laura ... --
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 30, 2001
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      Many thanks for all who wrote letters!!
      Laura
      > To: NDSU@...
      > Sent: April 28, 2001 6:02:33 PM GMT
      > Subject: GIRL WINS FIGHT TO 'SIGN'
      >
      >
      > NOW HEAR THIS:
      > GIRL WINS FIGHT TO 'SIGN'
      >
      > BY ANDY SOLTIS
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      > April 27, 2001 -- A 12-year-old hearing-impaired girl has won her right to
      > use sign language on her New Jersey school bus.
      >
      > Danica Lesko's plight became the topic of national news shows last month
      > after her principal told her she would be suspended for three days for
      > refusing to stop signing with other students.
      >
      > Officials in Branchburg said signing was "disruptive" and indicated it
      > posed a safety hazard on the bus.
      >
      > But after the school district office was swamped with complaints from
      > around the country - and Danica's parents threatened to sue for violation
      > of the Americans with Disabilities Act - the officials backed down.
      >
      > "The district's policy and the principal's intention is not to ban
      > signing," Superintendent Lois Capabianco told The Associated Press.
      >
      > "Everyone needs to know that signing is allowed on the bus."
      >
      > The Branchburg school board had insisted it only trying to protect the
      > rights of other students on the bus.
      >
      > Danica's parents, who say her hearing problem stemmed from an incident at
      > her school last year, said they want an apology from school officials.
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