The Deaf need equal access to education (Kenya)

Kenya on Monday joined the rest of the world in marking the
International Deaf Awareness week with a special call to the government
to facilitate access to education for the deaf. Bernard Mwongesa, an official with the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, urged the government to improve the provision of sign language in local schools to facilitate learning for those who are hard of hearing. Mwongesa further noted that there were about 70 million deaf people in
the world out of whom 65 percent were from the developing world.

Link: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2011/09/19/the-deaf-need-equal-access-to-education-kenya-told/

Deafness Research Foundation Announces New Name and Reaffirms its Unwavering Dedication to the Prevention, Research, and Cure for Hearing Loss

Recently the Deafness Research Foundation Board of Directors announced a new name for the highly regarded organization that became effective immediately. The new name by which they’ll be called is the Hearing Health Foundation and to signal the foundation’s unwavering dedication to hearing research, a groundbreaking research consortium, the Hearing Restoration Project was also announced. Nearly 40 million Americans suffer from some form of hearing loss and
that number is expected to double by 2030.  Since its inception in 1958,
Hearing Health Foundation has been the leading source of private
funding in the United States for research into the science of hearing and balance.

Link: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/deafness-research-foundation-announces-new-name-and-reaffirms-its-unwavering-dedication-to-the-prevention-research-and-cure-for-hearing-loss-129803073.html

AG Bell Monograph Highlights Compelling Strategic Analysis of State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(AG Bell) recently released a monograph that presents the findings of an analysis that applies a widely used business strategic
planning tool to gain new insights into the strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats of statewide EHDI programs across the nation. The monograph presents the findings of a 2009 survey in which state EHDI
coordinators responded to an online survey of 12 major areas within
their EHDI systems. Each EHDI coordinator was asked to identify at least
one strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat for use in strategic
planning. The project was supported by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). 

Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8781432.htm

AG Bell Monograph Highlights Compelling Strategic Analysis of State Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Programs

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
(AG Bell) recently released a monograph that presents the findings of an analysis that applies a widely used business strategic
planning tool to gain new insights into the strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats of statewide EHDI programs across the nation. The monograph presents the findings of a 2009 survey in which state EHDI
coordinators responded to an online survey of 12 major areas within
their EHDI systems. Each EHDI coordinator was asked to identify at least
one strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat for use in strategic
planning. The project was supported by the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM). 

Link: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/9/prweb8781432.htm

NQF Releases Updated Child Quality Health Measures

Child health quality is an important, underemphasized  area of measure development and endorsement. In November ’09, NQF convened a Child Health Outcomes Steering Committee to identify, evaluate, and endorse additional measures suitable for public reporting and quality improvement. Measures in key gap areas such as quality of well child care, dental
care, and acute care for children, were highlighted. This consensus
project will complement the AHRQ SNAC collaboration with the Center for
Medicaid, CHIP, and Survey and Certification. While the initial core set
of CHIPRA (Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act)
measures will be prescribed by the Secretary of Health
and Human Services, there may be other appropriate measures that may
enhance the portfolio of child health quality measures and could be used
in the future for the pediatric quality measurement program as required
by CHIPRA. Appeals are open through September 13 at 6:00pm ET.

Link: http://www.qualityforum.org/Projects/c-d/Child_Health_Quality_Measures_2010/Child_Health_Quality_Measures_2010.aspx

AAP objects to EmblemHealth evoked otoacoustic emissions policy

Based on members’ concerns, the AAP sent a

letter
to EmblemHealth
objecting to its policy to stop paying primary care physicians for
evoked otoacoustic emissions (OAE) testing for patients older than 12
months provided in the physician’s office. EmblemHealth provides
health insurance in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York. The AAP
letter calls for the carrier to rescind its policy immediately.
AAP members can assist the AAP and their Chapter pediatric councils in
prioritizing payer issues by reporting your payer concerns using the AAP
Hassle Factor Form online.

Link: http://www.smartbrief.com/servlet/wireless?issueid=809C0BC1-3F6F-47B1-815E-E891EE6D0877&sid=b7cff5b4-c9ec-4868-a0c7-54ea1a5bafcb

Resources to help you tackle this new school year by NICHCY

NICHCY has loads of information to help you address the challenges of a new school year. Here is a list of three of particular note to help enhance learning for children with disabilities. There are more available scattered throughout the newsletter. Supports, Modifications, and Accommodations for Students: a powerful resource for way to support children with disabilities in regular classrooms and school activities: http://nichcy.org/schoolage/accommodations. Using What Works: Connect with the “how to’s” of what really helps children with disabilities learn, such as learning strategy instruction, peer tutoring, and cooperative learning…very exciting for teachers and students alike: http://nichcy.org/schoolage/effective-practices/meta80resources. Parental Rights to Participate in Meetings: The right to participate in meetings related to their child is one of the most important and powerful of parent rights: http://nichcy.org/schoolage/parental-rights/participation.

Link: http://nichcy.org/schoolage

New and Improved Catalyst Center Online 'State at a Glance' Chartbook

Need fast facts on coverage and financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs?  The Catalyst Center has
enhanced and updated its web-based state-at-a-glance data chartbook on coverage and
financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs –
including children with hearing-related needs – for each state, DC, and Puerto
Rico. 

Link: http://data.catalystctr.org

The Words and the Music: New Workshop from Cochlear Americas HOPE Campaign

Cochlear Americas is delighted to announce that the popular HOPE workshop “Children with
Cochlear Implants: The Words and the Music” is coming to Wisconsin on
September 20. This educational seminar is intended for professionals working
with young children with hearing loss as well as parents of young children with
hearing loss. CEUs from AG Bell, ASHA and AAA will be provided.

This
workshop explores relationships: between music and auditory skill development,
between vocabulary and language comprehension, and between language
comprehension skills and literacy. Strategies for building vocabulary,
facilitating book sharing, and enhancing read-aloud activities will be
discussed and supported through video and interactive exchange. The importance
of music as part of the auditory skill development of young children with
cochlear implants will be explored. Strategies for incorporating music in a
child’s therapy and educational programs will be suggested.

This
workshop will also be given in San Diego (January 25, 2012) and Washington DC
(March 13, 2012).

For
more information, please visit the HOPE website at www.CochlearAmericas.com/HOPE.

Link: http://hope.cochlearamericas.com/