Legislation: Please watch activities for deaf children here.
There are several legislative issues potentially affecting our children and families right now. Please contact your Senators and Representatives to let them know which you support or oppose!
NCHAM has some talking points and sample letters for you to consider when communicating with your legislators – some of this refers only to hearing aid legislation, some is more general http://www.infanthearing.org/legislation/hearingaid.html
US H.R. 3535, the Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act will reform education for deaf and hard of hearing and blind and visually impaired students. To ensure that: every child who is deaf and every child who is blind, regardless of whether they have additional disabilities, will be properly counted and served; each of a child’s unique learning needs will be properly evaluated.
JCIH Position Statement – The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing was established in late 1969 and was charged with a two-fold responsibility: first, to make recommendations concerning the early identification of children with, or at-risk for hearing loss and second, newborn hearing screening. The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) endorses early detection of and intervention for infants with hearing loss. The goal of early hearing detection and intervention (EHDI) is to maximize linguistic competence and literacy development for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Without appropriate opportunities to learn language, these children will fall behind their hearing peers in communication, cognition, reading, and social-emotional development.
2013 Texas Senate Bill 7
Relating to improving the delivery and quality of certain health and human services, including the delivery and quality of Medicaid acute care services and long-term services and supports.
to require that in-flight entertainment such as movies shown on airplanes be captioned http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/s556