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Policy & Advocacy

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We support National CEC and DCD Policies and Positions
CEC Professional Policies and Positions:

MiDCDD Positions

Critical Shortage MiDCDD Position Statement (January 24, 2019)
School professionals at critical shortage levels, state supports currently available, and additional supports for their local districts/counties to consider in the future.

MiDCDD House Bills 5158 / 5159 Proposed Considerations (December 2017)

Current Legislature

Introduced 6/4/2020
HB 5836 (Crawford/Schroeder; Webber)

Creates resource for parents to monitor expressive and receptive language acquisition by deaf and hard of hearing children.
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Introduced 09/11/2019
SB 0509 (Senators GEISS, WOJNO, BULLOCK, HERTEL, CHANG, ALEXANDER, BAYER, BRINKS, MCMORROW, MOSS, IRWIN, SANTANA and HOLLIER and referred to the Committee on Education and Career Readiness)

Allows the parent or legal guardian to monitor and track the child's expressive and receptive language acquisition and developmental stages toward English literacy.
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Did You Know About...

Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K)

White Paper: Kindergarten Readiness for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

A.G. Bell and LEAD-K Agreement

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: LEAD-K Model Bill (Modified from LEAD-K/A.G. Bell Model Bill)

Michigan House Bill 5158(Active until December 31, 2018)

Michigan House Bill 4440 (active 09/25/2018)

Michigan House Bill 5159(Active until December 31, 2018)

Alice Cogswell and Anne Sullivan Macy Act
November 7, 2017 - Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to ensure that visual and hearing-impaired students receive the best possible education.

Special Education Teacher Evaluations

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