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Compensation for an education lost because of language? 1

”The Federal Court of Australia has found that the Queensland government discriminated against a 12-year old boy by not providing him with a sign language interpreter at school. The boy who, according to Deaf Children Australia, has the academic skills of a six-year old was awarded $ 64,000 in compensation for future economic losses as a result of his inadequate education. The implications of this finding could prove to be a landmark decision for Deaf education in Australia as it establishes firmly deaf children’s right to an AUSLAN [Australian Sign Language] interpreter in school.” Source: SIGN Matters, June 2005, quoted from Branson & Miller, in press.

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