Sample Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed) for ASHA members to submit to their local newspaper or other publication opposing LEAD-K legislation introduced in the states.
Hands & Voices FL3: Support and resources for families with deaf or hard of hearing children
South Carolina S.B. 280
Requires the development of a parent resource and the creation of a costly 13 member committee to select communication milestones, assessments, and advocates for parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The committee consists primarily of proponents of American Sign Language (ASL) and would duplicate the role of the Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP) team.
ASHA's Model Bill [PDF] (Modified from LEAD-K/A.G.Bell Model Bill)
ASHA's model language, which emphasize a parent’s right to choose the appropriate language/communication modality for their child and family, requires the State Department of Education or Department of Health ("lead agency") to develop a comprehensive and unbiased parent resource that includes developmental milestones, appropriate assessments, and other information to assist families. The model language also requires the lead agency to distribute the resource to parents, resource centers, health centers, and education agencies, and recommends that the lead agency utilize experts in the state to help develop the resource.