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Deaf student may not be able to graduate with teaching degree because of interpreter regulations

College of Education reverses decision on Deaf student’s use of an interpreter to attain teaching degree

By Catey Traylor
summarized by Hannah F. Mann, staff writer

Kelly Laatsch, a deaf Central Michigan University student, faced the risk of not graduating with a teaching degree after the school ruled that she had to fulfill a portion of her student teaching requirements without an interpreter. Although Laatsch was provided with part-time interpreting, she believed the inconsistency of the interpreting schedule was directly affecting her students. Furthermore, the school informed her that continued use of an interpreter could bar her from passing her student teaching requirements.

After students, local media, and legislators became involved on Laatsch’s part, CMU reversed its decision. Now, she can continue in the school’s education program without the fear of being unable to complete her teaching requirements for graduation.

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