Respect for all options and languages
There is no strength in our voice unless we are willing to raise it and demand equality. Every person has the power to create change and together we can be more effective.
So, regardless of your deaf language preference or choice, we as The Deaf Community need to ensure access is provided to everyone and respect parental rights in this community too. It's not about who's right, but about respect for all the deaf communication opportunities.
Most of all, deaf children and their families need full access to equal and appropriate expertise opportunities for the child to reach their full potential in the chosen communication mode.
We will truly amplify the impact of the ENTIRE deaf community if we work together to support ALL communication opportunities.
Current Legislative Initiatives
Here are current legislative initiatives we are working on, with more states coming soon. We appreciate your support on these issues by contacting your legislator today.
TDC State Chapters
TDC state chapters monitoring langauge equality legislation for the Deaf Community include:
Members should log into their membership account for updates from their state chapter.
Our TDC state chapters are monitoring Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) systems reauthorization.
We support reauthorization and will actively follow to make sure parental rights are protected. Parents deserve timely and direct information from competent, qualified programs within their region that comes from providers of service without bias .
For more information, visit:
California TDC members are monitoring special education funding in California to ensure any funds allocated to children with hearing loss are fair and equal no matter what communication mode thid child uses.
Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) is currently being reviewed by Senate budget writers to discuss possibility of downsizing or selling the 67-acre property.
Texas TDC members are monitoring developments closely while they keep in mind the changing needs of the children in our deaf community.
Although the school is worthy of support, buildings are not as important as children and their education. All deaf children (including LSL/AO programs, cued speech and those being served in the mainstream) deserve their fair share of support.
For more on the story:
Update February 10, 2015
Let your voices be heard!
Legislation to provide up to $1,000 tax credit for two hearing aids.
To learn more, visit
Congratulations to the advocates and the TDC team in Florida for your efforts to gain UNANIMOUS support of HB591 which was signed into law by the Governor in 2014.
This is certainly a win for parents of babies who are born with hearing loss so that they receive prompt, unbiased information about intervention options from registered service providers.
The national office of The Deaf Community sends props to the Florida Chapter of The Deaf Community on all your advocacy work to bring information to families.
We have an awesome President and he is building a TDC team to model after!
Let Georgia Hear!
Let Georgia Hear is a parent-led initiative working towards the goal of securing insurance coverage for children’s hearing aids in Georgia.
Congratulations to Choices Delaware and thank you to Representative Valerie Longhurst. The University of Delaware finally has a graduate program to train future SLP's with hopes of a LSLS program to follow. All the support in Delaware is appreciated.
For more on Choices Delaware, visit: http://choices-delaware.org/
!!! Signed !!!
On a side note, some statistics about North Carolina and the shift in communication choices for deaf and hard of hearing children: