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May 21, 2013

Florida Governor Rick Scott Signs Budget

May 21, 2013—On May 20, 2013, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed the 2013-2014 state budget into law, which for the first time includes funding for auditory oral education programs, benefiting Florida families who want their children who are deaf and hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk.

Governor Scott and legislative members in both chambers are to be commended for their commitment this year to expand resources that help families with children who are deaf and hard of hearing.

By allocating dollars to auditory oral education programs, Florida parents now have the opportunity to more fully access all learning options available to their children -- including those that are now possible through technological advancements. The collective effort put forth by Florida leadership this year, provides families with greater access to listening and speaking programs and better enables parents to make decisions that ensure the best educational outcome for their child.