SB 354/HB 3253
UPDATE ON SB 354 and HB 3253 – CALL TO ACTION
CHS parents, alumni and supporters, we need you! Senate Bill 354 has been set for a hearing in the Senate on Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.
The newest version of the bill can be found here.
Where: Texas Capitol and Extension
E1.028 (Hearing Room)
Please arrive by 8 a.m. to register to testify
Parking: Capitol Visitor's Parking Garage
1201 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, Texas 78701
If you are able to attend the hearing, please email Kelsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are unable to attend, we need your help flooding the members of the Senate Education Committee with calls and emails opposing the bill.
|Senate Education Committee|
|Senator||District||Room||Capitol Phone||District Phone|
|Larry Taylor (Chair)||11||3E.10||(512) 463-0111||(281) 485-9800||Larry.email@example.com|
|Eddie Lucio, Jr. (Vice-Chair)||27||3S.5||(512) 463-0127||(956) 548-0227||Eddie.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Paul Bettencourt||7||3E.16||(512) 463-0107||(713) 464-0282||Paul.Bettencourt@senate.texas.gov|
|Donna Campbell||25||3E.8||(512) 463-0125||(210) 979-0013||Donna.email@example.com|
|Bob Hall||2||E1.808||(512) 463-0102||(972) 722-3131||Bob.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Don Huffines||16||E1.608||(512) 463-0116||(214) 239-6131||Don.Huffines@senate.texas.gov|
|Bryan Hughes||1||GE.7||(512) 463-0101||(903) 581-1776||Bryan.email@example.com|
|Kel Seliger||31||1E.12||(512) 463-0131||(806) 374-8994||Kel.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Van Taylor||8||E1.708||(512) 463-0108||(972) 398-9416||Van.email@example.com|
|Carlos Uresti||19||4E.2||(512) 463-0119||(210) 932-2568||Carlos.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Royce West||23||1E.3||(512) 463-0123||(214) 467-0123||Royce.email@example.com|
Talking Points To Oppose Legislation:
- We continue to strongly oppose SB 354 and HB 3253 as they do not represent nor benefit deaf and hard of hearing children (DHH) who listen and speak.
- The bills do not address two of the main issues among children with hearing loss: the 52% loss to follow-up in Texas after a baby fails a newborn screening, and the lack of a standardized and unbiased communications consultation for parents after a child is identified with a hearing loss.
- Overall, the legislation is heavily biased in favor of ASL and does not demonstrate a balanced solution to improve kindergarten readiness for ALL DHH children.
- The legislation uses the term “English” and never the term “spoken language.” This is concerning in a broad sense as it fails to clearly support the listening and spoken language approach. Also, by using “English” there is a good possibility a child’s native language will not be respected if they do not speak English in the home.
- The composition of the committee responsible for developing and choosing assessments and making recommendations for DHH children is biased towards ASL and does not include representatives from every communication method.
It is important for us to educate our supporters and the public on Lead-K’s true intentions behind this legislation and future plans. Below is a screenshot of their “About Us” page on their website:
This is why we categorically oppose both of the bills, and any legislation that does not represent ALL children with hearing loss and their chosen mode of communication.