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Keep up the momentum! HB 1367 heads to the Senate!

February 1st, 2012 by | Tags: , , , | 6 Comments »

Thanks to your phone calls and letters, HB 1367, a crucial piece of legislation that will bring ALL OPTIONS to children with hearing loss in Indiana, PASSED the House of Representatives today.  Now, it heads to the Senate for another vote.  Help us keep up the momentum to bring ALL OPTIONS and ACCOUNTABILITY to children with hearing loss in Indiana by contacting senators today!

 

Send an email to:

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Here is a sample text:

Dear Senator,

I am writing to encourage your SUPPORT for HB 1367.

{INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH ISD/OUTREACH, IF APPLICABLE. OUR REPRESENTATIVES NEED TO KNOW WHY ISD/OUTREACH IS NOT APPROPRIATE FOR ALL FAMILIES.  IF NOT FROM INDIANA, INCLUDE YOUR HEARING LOSS STORY ABOUT HOW ALL OPTIONS AND ACCOUNTABILITY HELPED YOU}

IMPORTANT FACTS:

  • 95% of deaf and hard of hearing babies are born to HEARING parents.
  • 80-90% of parents choose a Listening and Spoken Language as their communication option.
  • Newborn babies can wear hearing aids, and profoundly deaf babies can get a cochlear implant at age one.
  • 99% of all profoundly deaf children are candidates for a cochlear implant, a device which allows them to listen, speak, and thrive in the hearing community

Indiana’s status quo concerning deaf and hard of hearing education is NOT working effectively for 80% of all Hoosier families. Of course, 100% of parents deserve to receive unbiased, comprehensive information about communication options, so they can make an informed decision about what is best for their family.  HB 1367 will help ALL children who are deaf or hard of hearing, not just some of them. ALL parents deserve to have their communication choice(s) respected. Likewise, a family’s use (or non-use) of hearing technology should be respected and supported through appropriate services. Under the current system, Hoosier parents do NOT have equal access to all communication options or information about hearing technology. Outreach services for the entire state should not be associated with one school and ONE philosophy.

HB 1367 is NOT adding an agency, but rather, it is moving one. Unlike ISD/Outreach, which promotes ASL as the language and thinking, the new Center would be unbiased toward any particular mode of communication. It would serve ALL deaf and hard of hearing families regardless of the communication methods chosen.

HB 1367 includes tracking and monitoring of children who are deaf and hard of hearing as they are identified and enrolled in appropriate services. These activities will prevent children from falling through the cracks. As a result, the State of Indiana will spend less money in intervention down the road.

HB 1367 offers the opportunity to align our state with the best practices in early intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. I will be very disappointed if we do not take advantage of this opportunity to make our Indiana system work for all children who need it.

Every 48 hours a baby in Indiana is born with a hearing loss. We can’t wait. We must make this change NOW!

For our children’s future, please SUPPORT HB 1367.

Sincerely,

 If you contact Senators, please let us know, and we’ll enter you in a drawing for FREE CI Awareness gear (tshirts, mugs, totebags, etc.).  Click HERE to enter.
What is HB 1367?  Watch this video or click HERE for more info from Hear Indiana.

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.

6 Comments

Polyglot

February 1, 2012 at 5:10 am

Done!

Katie

February 1, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Where did you find the data? I’m already aware of the percentage of deaf children being born to hearing parents, but surprised at the percentage that chose a listening/spoken language (and other similiar) approach and would like to see where that fact came from : )

February 1, 2012 at 10:04 pm

That’s my baby in the yellow shirt!! I love you, Evan!! :)

Elizabeth

February 2, 2012 at 3:04 am

The 80-90% of parents selecting a spoken language outcome is data that has been collected by NC Beginnings, an early intervention system in North Carolina. They are acknowledged as a very well-functioning model of an unbiased system. Here is their website: http://ncbegin.org/.

Mike Bowman

February 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

I have communicated with deaf people who have had cochlear impants with very good success. Most of the negative comments you will get from deaf people who went to school that is negative is pure deaf culture. They wantt heir children deaf. It is quite selfish of these people due to the fact they do not want their children or your children to hear. several individuals want to interfere in the right sof the parents, when the child is not related to them in any means. They think that the child should decide and , not the parent at a very young age, it is ok in their view that the children are force to get immunizations without consent but not Cochlear Implants.They are pure interference with parental rights

February 13, 2012 at 12:11 am

[...] HB 1367 has been assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.  Please call or email the Senators on the Appropriations Committee individually (Dear Senator Boots, Dear Senator Broden, etc.) and BCC (blind carbon copy) your letter with your family’s testimony of why families need ALL OPTIONS to hoosiers4education@gmail.com so that stories can be collected to support the cause.  For a sample letter format, click HERE. [...]