- EnactedOctober 18th, 2017The President signed this bill into law
- The house Passed October 3rd, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Energy and Commerce
- house Committees
- The senate Passed September 6th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and PensionsIntroducedMarch 15th, 2017
- senate Committees
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Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017
A bill to amend the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize a program for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children.
(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the Senate on September 6, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to revise programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns and infants, including to expand the programs to include young children. The programs are reauthorized through FY2022. Health Resources and Services Administration support for the education and training of personnel and health care providers for such programs is expanded to include education and training of family members.
Please DO NOT support this bill unless it is amended with the National Association of the Deaf 's recommendations. Currently this bill for Deaf babies do not have Deaf people's leadership nor input. National Association of the Deaf and California Association of the Deaf appose this bill because it does not address language acquisition issues. NOTHING ABOUT US DEAF PEOPLE WITHOUT US DEAF PEOPLE. Thank you.
I am AGAINST this bill! Need to communicate and make agreeable with Deaf Organization such like National Association of the Deaf. We, Deaf people, know more resources to help out but none stakeholders are willingly to help together for Deaf Community. Please include the Deaf stakeholders to understand us therefore we, Deaf stakeholders, will help you out. Without us, I will say NO to this Bill! Thank you! Peace upon you!
Deaf babies deserve equal access to American Sign Language and they should never be deprived of language before they enter Kindergarten. I was born Deaf and was given American Sign Language when I was born, this led to my success in education. I hold a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. I work with many Deaf customers and they were deprived of American Sign Language when they were born and before they entered Kindergarten. This led them to hit a wall with literacy skills and majority of them can not go to college. This has to end!
I do not support this bill!! This bill should only be written by Deaf Professionals, Deaf people, Deaf teachers, Deaf Doctors, Deaf Lawyers, etc. and all of us know what works for us and what hurts us. I am tired of "hearing professional" writing about us and making decisions for us. Nothing should be about us without our input! American Sign Language needs to be introduced immediately along with English. Oral , lip reading is not a language! We were mislead to favor this bill yesterday.
Doctors don't know what it's like to be Deaf. How can they, and other trained professionals, make the "best decisions possible" for Deaf children... without any input whatsoever, from people who know what it FEELS like to be Deaf? To imply that Deaf people couldn't possibly offer insight is offensive and demeaning, just like this bill.