16th ANNUAL EARLY HEARING DETECTION & INTERVENTION MEETING
February 26-28, 2017 • Atlanta, GA

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2/28/2017  |   11:00 AM - 11:30 AM   |  LEAD-K Legislative Movement: What It Means and Why It Complements EHDI Efforts   |  Grand Hall B

LEAD-K Legislative Movement: What It Means and Why It Complements EHDI Efforts

The presentation discusses about language milestones, language deprivation, and effective approaches working with partners to change public policy so all Deaf children can be Kindergarten-ready. In 2015, Language Equality & Acquisition for ALL Deaf Kids (LEAD-K) is a nation-wide legislative campaign which passed its first law in California with SB 210 authored by Senator Cathleen Galgiani, and two more LEAD-K laws in 2016, one in Kansas and one in Hawaii. This movement is a Kindergarten-readiness campaign promoting language acquisition for Deaf youth age 0-5, which is changing the landscape of education of the Deaf. This workshop will give the participants the opportunity to learn about how this campaign can help support the EHDI efforts; learn more about the importance of state accountability with language acquisition milestones data to ensure Kindergarten-readiness for all Deaf children. California Association of the Deaf and California Coalition of Options Schools have successfully partnered to pass SB 210 in California. Currently, California is in the process of establishing state accountability for systematic changes to end language deprivation with early language milestones, tools, and resources for families of Deaf babies/children. Since LEAD-K passed three laws, the Deaf community, families of Deaf children, and the professionals in EHDI field are asking how this can become a reality in their states. Sheri and Julie will have an open ended Q and A session at the end of the presentation. Learning objectives: -gain deeper understanding about how LEAD-K complements EHDI efforts. -understand that language deprivation is the cause of current dismal educational performance -review how the language milestones help prepare the Deaf child for Kindergarten readiness. -learn how collaborative legislative efforts with stakeholders can be accomplished.

  • -gain deeper understanding about how LEAD-K complements EHDI efforts.
  • -understand that language deprivation is the cause of current dismal educational performance
  • -review how the language milestones help prepare the Deaf child for Kindergarten readiness.

Presentation:
15804_5817JulieRems-Smario.pdf

Handouts:
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Transcripts:
5817.docx


Presenters/Authors

Julie Rems-Smario (), LEAD-K, juliesmario@gmail.com;
Julie Rems-Smario is committed as a language equality activitist where she can further her goal to preserve, protect and promote ASL for all Deaf children as a basic human right. As one of the co-founders of Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K), she is involved in the legislative campaign to establish mandated language benchmarks for all Deaf children between the ages of 0 to 5; this legislative move will academically prepare the Deaf babies for Kindergarten. For the work she has done to push for Deaf babies’ rights, she was honored by DeafLife as the Deaf Person of the Year in 2014. During her tenure as the founding executive director of DeafHope, 2002-2011, Julie was nationally recognized with several awards such as CNN Heroes, Pearls Award, and E-Women Network International Humanitarian Award. Currently, she works at DawnSignPress as marketing content developer for children's literature in ASL and English. She also still works on contractual basis creating public service announcements (PSA) to educate the community about domestic and sexual violence in the Deaf community. Julie received her B.A. and M.A. from CSUN and her M.S. from SFSU.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.


Sheri Farinha (), NorCal Services for Deaf & HH, SFarinha@norcalcenter.org;
Sheri A. Farinha serves as CEO, NorCal Service for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, since 1993. Ms. Farinha is a nationally known as a strong civil rights advocate for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of education, employment, services for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence. Sheri is the campaign director for LEAD-K to promote language equality and acquisition nationwide. Ms. Farinha’ s expertise also includes leadership development, legislative and system advocacy, and management in the nonprofit sector.

ASHA DISCLOSURE:

Financial - No relevant financial relationship exist.

Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationship exist.