Twenty Years: Twenty Stories: Jacob’s Story

celebrating 20 years of the Disability Discrimination Act

Jacob's Story

It’s hard enough keeping up with the teachers in school when they use your language. But what if they don’t?
Jacob Clarke wanted to go to the same high school as his friends. But he needed something his friends didn’t; an interpreter. Jacob is Deaf, so this was essential, but the school didn’t think so. Buddy systems and note-takers weren’t going to give Jacob the education he was entitled to. It ended up in court as a landmark case for Deaf rights and 5 years later, a result worth waiting for.