Article: Early auditory exposure may facilitate word learning in deaf kids

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Early exposure to auditory input may facilitate language skills in deaf children, scientists have suggested.

Indiana University Department of Otolaryngology experts made use of the Intermodal Preferential Looking (IPL) paradigm to investigate the language ability of the children.

Principal researcher Derek Houston, and Philip F. Holton Scholar at the Indiana University School of Medicine, found that early auditory experience strongly affected deaf children in learning words, whether that experience was through normal means or with a cochlear implant.

Dr. Houston said: “This research is significant because surgery at very young ages requires more expertise. It is important to know if the increased benefit of early auditory input warrants surgery at younger ages.”

Dr. Houston concluded: “Taken together, the findings suggest that early access to auditory input, even if the access to sound is quite impoverished, plays an important role in acquiring the ability to rapidly learn associations between spoken words and their meanings.”

The study was presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting. (ANI)

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Disability Rights California of 2010-11 Governor’s Proposed Budget

For full post by the Disability Rights California website and more information please visit Disability Rights California: http://pai-ca.org/legislature/Budget/2010/2010-1-12-prelim-analysis.htm

On January 8, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed a budget which again targets low-income Californians by reducing or eliminating crucial health and human services programs. Some proposals duplicate those of previous years, most of which were rejected by the legislature. Some of the proposals approved by the legislature last year have been stopped by federal courts, yet the Governor is bringing them forward again.

The administration has attached savings to each proposal, but acknowledges that it has not factored in the costs, both human and financial, of the massive cuts. For example, the proposed dismantling of two key programs for Californians with disabilities including seniors – In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Adult Day Health Care – will inevitably lead to:

  1. Massive harm to health, safety and independence;
  2. Increased use of more expensive hospitals and nursing homes; and
  3. Loss of least 375,000 jobs, including those of home care workers and of IHSS consumers who are able to work and pay taxes because of IHSS.

As before, poor Californians would be hit by the budget hammer again and again, if they depend on multiple programs for their health, safety and income.

This preliminary analysis is based on the documents released on January 8, 2010, and focuses on programs and services which are particularly significant for adults and children with disabilities, arranged by relevant state department. This analysis is not comprehensive, as it does not cover all the proposed cuts, such as in CalWorks, food and health programs and general education, which affect people with disabilities along with other Californians, and because the administration has not yet released details for some of the cuts. In many cases, the governor proposes both cuts for the current budget year and the next one.

Disability Rights California of 2010-11 Governor’s Proposed Budget

For more information and full article please visit:  http://pai-ca.org/legislature/Budget/2010/2010-1-12-prelim-analysis.htm

On January 8, Governor Schwarzenegger proposed a budget which again targets low-income Californians by reducing or eliminating crucial health and human services programs. Some proposals duplicate those of previous years, most of which were rejected by the legislature. Some of the proposals approved by the legislature last year have been stopped by federal courts, yet the Governor is bringing them forward again.

The administration has attached savings to each proposal, but acknowledges that it has not factored in the costs, both human and financial, of the massive cuts. For example, the proposed dismantling of two key programs for Californians with disabilities including seniors – In Home Supportive Services (IHSS) and Adult Day Health Care – will inevitably lead to:

  1. Massive harm to health, safety and independence;
  2. Increased use of more expensive hospitals and nursing homes; and
  3. Loss of least 375,000 jobs, including those of home care workers and of IHSS consumers who are able to work and pay taxes because of IHSS.

As before, poor Californians would be hit by the budget hammer again and again, if they depend on multiple programs for their health, safety and income.

This preliminary analysis is based on the documents released on January 8, 2010, and focuses on programs and services which are particularly significant for adults and children with disabilities, arranged by relevant state department. This analysis is not comprehensive, as it does not cover all the proposed cuts, such as in CalWorks, food and health programs and general education, which affect people with disabilities along with other Californians, and because the administration has not yet released details for some of the cuts. In many cases, the governor proposes both cuts for the current budget year and the next one.

REALTIME CAPTIONING OF COMMISSIONER JANET NEAL’S DISABILITY-BASED RADIO SHOWS

ANNOUNCING REALTIME CAPTIONING OF COMMISSIONER JANET NEAL’S

DISABILITY-BASED RADIO SHOWS ON THE INTERNET!   KTYM AM 1460

JOIN US LIVE ON FEBRUARY 3 AND FEBRUARY 17, 2010, FROM 9:30-10:00AM*

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Janet Neal, President of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, and Total Recall Captioning, Inc., are proud and excited to provide the deaf and hard-of-hearing community with realtime captioning of Janet’s Planet on 2/3 and The Disability Network on 2/17.  Additional sponsors of captioning for these two shows in February are Handiplate Research and the Disability Foundation.   The Disability Network is sponsored every month by the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities.

Wednesday February 3, 2010, 9:30-10:00am and Wednesday February 17, 9:30-10:00am

Use this link for both shows:  http://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=Janetsplanet

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You may also email comments or questions prior to the show to Gerry Borrego, mrb@ktym.com

For streaming audio, log into www.ktym.com or AM 1460 on your radio dial.

Weds. 2/3 – Janet’s Planet will focus on the disastrous proposal to dismantle the City of Los Angeles Department on Disability.  There will also be a tribute to Mayor Tom Bradley and discussion of Black History Month.  Guests include Eli del Rio and Nancy del Rio, Giovanna Gogreve from Access Services, Intern Michelle Baxley, and host Janet Neal.  Janet’s planet is a free-form program of information for people with disabilities with host Janet Neal and guests.

Weds. 2/17 – The Disability Network will continue discussion about Black History Month, the Department on Disability and Mayor Bradley’s contributions.  Host Janet Neal and Captain Brent Burton from the LA City Fire Department will talk about the Stentorians of Los Angeles.  Sponsored by the LA County Commission on Disabilities.

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Fax your comments live – 310-673-2259

You may also email comments or questions prior to the show to Gerry Borrego, mrb@ktym.com

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