Legislation in Fl, Iowa aims to help hearing-impaired children

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According to articles on the Florida politics and CBS2 Iowa websites.

SB 292 requires hospitals and other “state-approved birthing facilities to test newborns for congenital cytomegalovirus” within 21 days (or before it is discharged from a facility) if a child fails to newborn hearing screening. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tina Polsky (D-Florida), was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis, according to Florida politics. Cytomegalovirus, also known as CMV, can be passed to a baby in utero and can cause hearing loss if left untreated.

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The Iowa House and Senate unanimously passed Equality and Language Acquisition for Deaf Children (LEAD-K), part of a national initiative that aims to provide children with a solid linguistic foundation before they enter kindergarten. According to CBS2 Iowachildren will take language and literacy assessment tests from birth to assess them for an individualized education plan.

“The Department of Education will develop resources that parents and teachers can use to help teach these children,” state Rep. Sandy Salmon was quoted in the article as saying.

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The bill, which would cost nearly $200,000 in the first year, is expected to be signed by the governor of Iowa soon.

“Parents, when they have a child who is deaf or very hard of hearing, there is no language communication in the early ages,” State Representative Art Staed said in the article “It is very difficult for members family…to know what to do and how to proceed.They need help and help from others.

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Source: Florida Politics, CBS2 Iowa

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