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HB 1367 UPDATE: Help keep the victories coming!

January 29th, 2012 by | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

On Friday, HB 1367 passed its first hurdle toward becoming a law and giving children with hearing loss in Indiana ALL OPTIONS by passing in the House Education Committee’s vote.  This is a great success, and we are grateful to the legislators who are helping to bring accountability and excellent outcomes to children with hearing loss in their state.  The battle is not over, though, and we still need your help, so ACT NOW to SUPPORT HB 1367!

 

Next, HB 1367 will go to the House of Representatives to be voted on by all of the legislators.  The vote will be this Monday – 1/30/2012.  We need your help to EMAIL or CALL legislators TODAY telling them to SUPPORT HB 1367.

 

Here are quick and easy ways to help SUPPORT HB 1367:

  • Email these legislators: h1@in.gov, h2@in.gov, h3@in.gov, h4@in.gov, h5@in.gov, h6@in.gov, h7@in.gov, h8@in.gov, h9@in.gov, h10@in.gov, h11@in.gov, h12@in.gov, h13@in.gov, h14@in.gov, h15@in.gov, h16@in.gov, h17@in.gov, h18@in.gov, h19@in.gov, h20@in.gov, h21@in.gov, h22@in.gov, h23@in.gov, h24@in.gov, h25@in.gov, h26@in.gov, h27@in.gov, h28@in.gov, h29@in.gov, h30@in.gov, h31@in.gov, h32@in.gov, h33@in.gov, h34@in.gov, h35@in.gov, h36@in.gov, h37@in.gov, h38@in.gov, h39@in.gov, h40@in.gov, h41@in.gov, h42@in.gov, h43@in.gov, h44@in.gov, h45@in.gov, h46@in.gov, h47@in.gov, h48@in.gov, h49@in.gov, h50@in.gov, h51@in.gov, h52@in.gov, h53@in.gov, h54@in.gov, h55@in.gov, h56@in.gov, h57@in.gov, h59@in.gov, h60@in.gov, h61@in.gov, h62@in.gov, h63@in.gov, h64@in.gov, h65@in.gov, h66@in.gov, h67@in.gov, h68@in.gov, h69@in.gov, h70@in.gov, h71@in.gov, h72@in.gov, h73@in.gov, h74@in.gov, h75@in.gov, h76@in.gov, h77@in.gov, h78@in.gov, h79@in.gov, h80@in.gov, h81@in.gov, h82@in.gov, h83@in.gov, h84@in.gov, h85@in.gov, h86@in.gov, h87@in.gov, h88@in.gov, h89@in.gov, h90@in.gov, h91@in.gov, h92@in.gov, h92@in.gov, h93@in.gov, h94@in.gov, h95@in.gov, h96@in.gov, h97@in.gov, h98@in.gov, h99@in.gov, h100@in.gov
  • Let them know that you SUPPORT HB 1367 because:
    • Status quo is not acceptable. Share YOUR experiences (especially if you are in IN and have experience with ISD Outreach, or if you have experience NOT receiving access to all options and how this harmed your child and your family)
    • This bill will help ALL the children who are deaf or hard of hearing, not just some of them.
    • We are NOT adding an agency. We are moving one, and making it independent and unbiased. Outreach services for the entire state should not be associated with one school and ONE philosophy.
    • We are making Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education more accountable.
    • We will spend less per pupil while achieving better outcomes.
    • Every 48 hours a baby in Indiana is born with a hearing loss. Our children need your help NOW!!!
Here is a video explaining HB 1367.  Share it on twitter, share it on facebook, share it with legislators.  Do everything you can to spread the word.  Our children deserve success — if we do not speak for them, who will?

 

Remember, if you contact legislators to help SUPPORT HB 1367, we’d like to enter you to win FREE CI Awareness gear.  Click HERE for details on how to enter.

Written by

Elizabeth Rosenzweig MS CCC-SLP LSLS Cert. AVT is a Listening and Spoken Language Specialist Certified Auditory Verbal Therapist. She provides auditory verbal therapy, aural rehabilitation, IEP advocacy, consultation, and LSLS mentoring for clients around the world via teletherapy. You can learn more about Elizabeth's services on her Website or Facebook.

2 Comments

David S.

February 6, 2012 at 5:10 am

Options…can you please list what options there are to be offered if HB 1367 is to be passed?

If the options are unbiased, then why is it “sponsored” by Hearindiana.org and Cochlearimplantonline.org? These organizations place great stress on deaf children to learn to listen and speak?

Elizabeth

February 6, 2012 at 5:42 am

David S. – HB 1367 calls for moving the Outreach center from ISD, a school that is, by its mission, Bilingual-Bicultural (ASL), to unbiased resource centers that would provide parents with all possible communication options. Parents have the right to receive unbiased information about all options and to make the decision that is best for their child and their family. Based on testimony from Indiana residents, as well as academic outcomes, this is not happening with the current situation in Indiana. Housing Outreach at ISD is inherently biased — I would not go to a Coca-Cola factory and ask for an unbiased opinion of Pepsi. As for the sponsorship of the bill, your “facts” are incorrect and have no basis. In reality, HB 1367 was written by Indiana Representative Cindy Noe. Hear Indiana did not write the legislation, and Cochlear Implant Online is in no way associated with HB 1367′s creation. We at CIO find HB 1367 to fit with our belief that all families have the right to choose the communication option best for them, and are happy to provide unofficial support as interested members of the hearing loss community — both professionals and people with hearing loss.