Nearly all of our clients in these cases were among the 96 percent of deaf children born to hearing parents who did not know sign language. These parents love their children, but struggle to provide them with full access to language, signed or spoken.
** This list is a reference to keep an eye out for as they may affect us or not. **
H273, AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 18 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO HEALTH COVERAGE FOR SPEECH THERAPY.
Note: Not sure if the same thing can be used towards LSL services or it is already covered. Medicaid Part C and others do cover it (this comes from IDEA Federal Law I believe). Private insurances apparently don’t explicitly say its covered for those with disabilities – some only for accidents, injuries or illness.
Partial summary/synopsis: This Act requires certain State programs to provide annual reports to the General Assembly about compliance with federal and State law and regulation that require meaningful access to services for individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP) and effective communication for individuals with disabilities.
Note: There was a reference about sign language access and named a number of agencies responsible for reporting what services/accessibility was provided PLUS 5 additional agencies to be chosen by DOJ. This is not medically focused but systematically.
** Some bills are also in BOTH House and Senate versions. Most came from a ‘Deaf’ search through the expanded list – https://legiscan.com/gaits/search?state=US&keyword=deaf. Some are from last year and passed on to the current ‘congressional/senate’ year, although it seems that Congress (and probably Senate) have 2 years to pass anything before the new term begins. Right now, the 118th Congressional term is from Jan. 3, 2023-2025. Also, all of the bills/resolutions below have progressed only 25% and still are in the introduction stages.
Airline Safety Information and Entertainment Access Act
To provide for a limitation on availability of funds for Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for fiscal year 2024.
A bill to promote and ensure delivery of high-quality special education and related services to children and youth who are blind or visually impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, deafdisabled, or deafblind through instructional methodologies meeting their unique language and learning needs, to enhance accountability for the provision of such services, and for other purposes.
A bill to have education funds follow the student.
Please read my article about my son Ira Kingsley Coleman called Manny. If briefly highlights the discrimination he has endeavor in this state for almost 30 years beginning with his education. I currently have a case pending with the Attorney General’s Office and they have been slow to act. The issues regarding deaf people in Delaware are far broader than the issue regarding the ACLU case. Here is the link to the article. A Journey Into Our Humanness https://aricalcoleman.medium.com/a-journey-into-our-humanness-62c5adfb80a.