#HearEarly: VOICE for Deaf Kids Advocates for the Funding for Early Intervention Services to Resume Safely in Person
VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children (VOICE for Deaf Kids) appeals to everyone to join the #HearEarly Campaign to advocate with the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) for funding for Infant Hearing Program (IHP) Services to resume safely in person.
How can members of the community participate?1. On Tuesday, October 13, 2020
a. Send your concerns to the MMCCSS Inbox - Email MinisterMCCSS@ontario.ca
b. Advocate on Twitter @ToddSmithPC #HearEarly and tag @VOICE4DeafKids
2. On Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 1:30 – 3:00 pm:
Join us in-person at MCCSS at 483 University Ave. Toronto, ON
3. On Thursday, October 15, 2020:
Call 1-888-789-4199 the Office of Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of MCCSS about your concerns.
VOICE wants families with children with hearing loss to have access to treatment options that meet their different situations and needs while also ensuring a safe and effective environment for both professionals and families. VOICE asks that funding be put in place by MCCSS for in-person IHP services and make this available as a safe option for both families and professionals.
Auditory early intervention services are essential services to nurture the development of deaf and hard of hearing children. When provided effectively and in person, our younger deaf and hard of hearing children have access to their language goals and the nuances of their preferred mode of communication, including listening and spoken language (AVT), auditory skills intervention (ASI) and speech language pathology (SLP). Without early intervention, they are placed at an inequitable position relative to their peers with typical hearing.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, these services switched to a virtual setting. As of September 2020, services continue to be virtual, despite Ontario's reopening and the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario's (CASLPO) providing guidance for in-person services in June 2020. Providing safe access to both virtual and in-person services is vital to our children’s development.
VOICE for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children