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Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in EducationThe Story behind Zobrest v. Catalina Foothills School District$
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Bruce J Dierenfield and David A. Gerber

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043208

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043208.001.0001

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Mainstreaming in a Catholic School

Mainstreaming in a Catholic School

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Disability Rights and Religious Liberty in Education

Bruce J. Dierenfield

David A. Gerber

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the considerable challenges that Jim Zobrest faced as he attended Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson, as the only deaf student in that elite institution. Jim’s experiment in mainstreaming did not succeed in overcoming his social isolation within the high school. The school itself largely left Jim to his own devices to succeed in this hearing environment. Jim therefore relied heavily on his interpreter, Jim Santeford, and his younger brother, Sam, to facilitate conversation with his teachers, classmates, and coaches. The kinds, methodologies, and technologies of deaf communication are also considered. Despite mostly succeeding in the classroom, Jim grew increasingly alienated from the school he and his family chose because he was unable to start on his school’s championship-caliber basketball team.

Keywords:   Zobrest, Salpointe Catholic High School, Deafness, signed language, mainstreaming, IEP, James Santeford, basketball

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