Question: Write a 350 to 700 word press release about a current event or issue in your community. Consider the following as you write your press release: o Effective methods of communication for diverse groups o The effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on communication within the criminal justice system o Techniques for addressing the challenge of language barriers o Communication dynamics occurring within incidents, emergencies, and conflict situations.
Budget cuts harming communities of Southern California
Spending by the California government is out of control and lawmakers are now cutting programs, harming the citizens of Southern California. Lawmakers are hammering out the 2011-2012 fiscal budget and are discussing a possible cut in public education funding.
This potential cut in public education funding will adversely affect the children of our community. Schools will be forced to cancel after school programs and others will be forced to close all together. California schools are already over populated. Closing schools would only force more children into each classroom. The higher the student-teacher ratio, the lower the quality of education our children are receiving.
After school programs help keep children off of the street and from getting involved in gangs and drugs and decrease the crime rate amongst teens. Now by eliminating these programs the Californian government is putting children at risk. Teens with disabilities, that are typically participants in after school programs could easily find themselves swept into crime. If they become in trouble with law enforcement life will become doubly hard for them. While the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 protects them by requiring reasonable accommodations must be made for them, this has been slow to convert over to the field of criminal justice. Especially with disabilities other than physical disabilities, such as attention deficit disorder etc. Because officers cannot see that these teens are disabled they may not received the treatment or accommodations that are deserved and demanded by law.
It is important that parents communicate with community leaders and legislators. Communication throughout the community is crucial right now, regardless of education level, status or language. As a community the citizens of Southern California needs to stand up for their children.
Because of the diverse population of Southern California, in terms of both language and education level, various forms of communication are required. By organizing reading materials with lots of pictures, videos, social media and presentations the community can become fully aware of potential cuts and can rally together to prevent them. Using multimedia sources can help inform those in the community that are illiterate or speak a foreign language. Please write or call your local legislators, congressmen & women and senators and voice your concerns over education cuts.