Delaware Gov. Markell says he will sign two bills providing services for people with hearing and speech disabilities. One bill provides telecommunications services for the deaf and those
with hearing loss or speech disabilities. The other updates the
Universal Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening Act. The update requires a
tracking and intervention protocol when a child has been identified as
needing additional hearing services. It also creates the Early Hearing
Detection and Intervention Advisory Board.
“Can You Hear Me Now?” is amusing when parodied in a cell phone
commercial, but there’s nothing funny when an audiologist asks that
question in real life, especially when the answer is “no.” Hearing loss
is a genuine problem in our community and
across the nation, and it is not just a result of aging. According to
the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), while one out of three
people aged 65 or older have hearing problems, approximately two to
three children out of every 1,000 are hard of hearing or deaf.
So prevalent, it is now the third most common physical condition after
arthritis and heart disease, and can be caused by exposure to noise,
infection or earwax buildup, structural changes that occur due to aging
or injury, and even as a side effect of a medication.
ABC7 News revisits CEID, a deaf school and takes a look at its success in total communication after the school reaches over 30 years of offering services to deaf children. The CEID school works to explore all avenues of communication for deaf children including a focus in sign language and also listening and spoken language. Watch the video of this news story by clicking on this link or by following the read more link.
As with most public policies, CRPD is a complicated topic. AG Bell recently expressed it’s
support of the ratification of CRPD as part of the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing Alliance, a coalition of 15 national organizations representing
consumers who are deaf or hard of hearing,
educators and educational administrators for children who are deaf or
hard of hearing and the professionals that support them. You can learn
more about their position statement by following the read more link.
care, value-based purchasing, outcomes measurement — what does it all
mean for speech-language pathologists and audiologists?