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Deaf, Hispanic, And Proud

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Jamal Aziz Jr (left), Edmarie Burgos (middle), Tony Medina (right) Signing: Deaf, Hispanic, Proud; Photo Courtesy of American School for the Deaf

 

Annika Darling

CTLatinoNews.com

Today, it has become widely accepted that being deaf or hearing-impaired is not a disability and the Deaf-world is being recognized as a culture in its own right.

The new Dictionary of Cultural Literacy defines culture as: “The sum of attitudes, customs, and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from another. Culture is transmitted, through language, material objects, ritual, institutions, and art, from one generation to the next.”

This definition may need further clarification, however, when it comes to the Latino Deaf community, where the majority of Deaf Latinos communicate through one language, American Sign Language (ASL), while parents and other family members’ main language is Spanish. Can one use one culture’s language within another and still feel truly part of it?…

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CT Dreamers Scholarship Gives Undocumented Students A Boost – Financial Barriers Still Hard To Overcome

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Alejandro Velasquez of Norwalk  and Joseline Tlacomulco of New Haven received the first college scholarship provided by CT DREAMERS.

Bill Sarno

CTLatinoNews.com

As University of Connecticut officials plan to increase in-state tuition by more than $3,000 over the next four years, a prospect that does not bode well for many aspiring students,  21-year-old Alejandro Velasquez watches with anticipation as he knows it creates yet another obstacle he must overcome to continue his education. 

 As an undocumented immigrant, Velasquez,  a native of Colombia who came to Norwalk 16 years ago, must already overcome significant financial barriers to achieve his dream of studying botany at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Tuition at the state flagship campus is expected to top $11,000 next year and will continue climbing by about $700 annually.

 Although Velasquez and some other so-called “dreamers” in Connecticut qualify for the lower in-state tuition at public colleges, they generally

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New Latino Board of Education Member in Monroe Dedicated To Helping At-Risk Students

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A Monroe resident who has long been involved in working with at-risk youth has been appointed to the town’s Board of Education.

Carlos Reinoso Jr. assumed his two-year position Wednesday.

“I’m really grateful and happy to be joining a great team of board members who represent a great school district, my children’s school district, that I so admire and am proud of,” he said in an email.

Reinoso, who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, said he’s excited by the challenge of serving on the school board.

“I’m looking forward to working with Mr. James Agostine, our superintendent of schools, Mr. John Battista, our assistant superintendent, and all our fellow board members,” he wrote. “I plan to put my knowledge and experience to work for our district and the students we serve.”

Three of Reinoso’s four children are currently enrolled in the Monroe Public School District. He and his …

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