Great News and Big Thank You to the California Association of the Deaf!
CAD has been a key leader in the Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids
(LEAD-K) Campaign to push for more language accountability during the first five years of a Deaf and Hard of Hearing child's life.
SB 210, authored by Senator Galgiani, enforces language benchmarks in ASL and English during each Deaf and Hard of Hearing child's first five years to ensure they are on track to be academically and socially ready for Kindergarten.
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF THE DEAF SUPPORTS THE BILL
"Language acquisition is a basic human right to ensure that all Deaf babies and toddlers have full access to acquiring a language and experience the same milestones as their hearing peers. It is a very basic human right taken for granted by those with full access to language," said Julie Rems-Smario, CAD President.
CALIFORNIA COALITION OF OPTION SCHOOLS SUPPORTS THE BILL
"California Coalition of Option Schools and the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness are pleased to be working collaboratively with the California Association of the Deaf in support of SB 210.
Read the full press release here