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The team of authors argue that a state constitution should protect a legal right to language. Furthermore, they develop a legal framework to protect the rights of deaf children. As a consequence, the authors call for legislation to require government to fund programs. The programs would then help deaf children and families learn sign language. The authors say that sign language is the only reliably accessible language. They cite research and other evidence to support their arguments for a legal right to language. Additionally, they analyze relevant U.S. law and international law.

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