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Former Clarke Employee Wins ASHA Editor's Award

November 14, 2017—The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) honored former Clarke employee Frank Iglehart with the Editor's Award for the American Journal of Audiology.[More]

Honoring Trustees for their Service and Welcoming a New Addition to the Board

November 13, 2017—Clarke is honored to recognize Kevin Franck, PhD, Sara Grosvenor and Sharon McCarthy as they close out their terms with Clarke's Board of Trustees this fall. Kevin, the brother of a Clarke Alumna, joined the Board in 2011; Sara, Founder and President of The Alexander...[More]

Clarke Staff and Alumni Collaborate on Educational eBook

November 5, 2017—Thanks to the contributions from Clarke staff, Smith/Clarke alumni and Clarke Board Members, we are pleased to announce that the eBook Preparing to Teach, Committing to Learn: An Introduction to Educating Children who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is now available...[More]

The 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss Draws Hundreds of Professionals, Parents and Teens

November 1, 2017—Clarke Mainstream Services’ 38th Annual Conference on Mainstreaming Students with Hearing Loss was a great success, drawing hundreds of attendees, sponsors and exhibitors from across the country. This year’s event was especially significant, as Clarke Schools for...[More]

 
October 6, 2017

Congress Passes Bill to Expand Services to Children with Hearing Loss


October 6, 2017—With October being Audiology Awareness Month, we especially enjoyed receiving the exciting news that Congress has just passed the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act!

This bi-partisan backed legislation will improve public health programs for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of newborns and infants who are deaf or hard of hearing, and expand programs to include young children as well.

We’re grateful to the bill’s two lead sponsors, Ohio Senator Rob Portman and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, who expect the President to sign off and make this bill law.

“Early hearing detection is critical because children with hearing loss often fall behind their peers in speech development, cognitive skills and social skills,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “This bill takes important steps to improve early hearing detection and intervention for newborns, infants, and young children. I am pleased my House colleagues acted quickly on this important legislation, and I urge the president to sign it into law.”

“This bill will help kids by strengthening health programs that can detect, diagnose and address hearing loss. I’m proud we were able to get our bipartisan bill passed by Congress so it can start making a difference in the lives of families in Virginia.” Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said. “I was glad to join Senator Portman on this important piece of legislation and look forward to the President swiftly signing this into law.”

You can find the full text of the bill at congress.gov. And to learn more about Audiology Awareness Month, visit the American Academy of Audiology’s website.