American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
May 26, 2011

GAO Issues Report on Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

The Government Accounting Office (GAO) has issued a report on federal support for developing language and literacy in deaf and hard of hearing children. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) requested that the GAO conduct a study to better understand how federal programs support deaf and hard of hearing children. The report reviewed the extent of hearing loss among children; settings in which children are educated; factors that help deaf and hard of hearing children acquire language and literacy skills; and challenges to providing appropriate interventions for these children. GAO did not make any recommendations as part of the report.

ASHA worked with the agency in the development of the report which can be found on GAO's Web site [PDF]. For additional information, contact Ingrida Lusis, ASHA's director of federal and political affairs, at

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