The kids are all right: Universal Newborn Hearing Screenings

David Kirkwood first published this post in June of 2011. In 2016, we are still working to have universal newborn hearing screenings across the world. Nearly everyone would agree that there is never a good time for a baby to be born deaf or with a significant hearing loss. And children who suffer hearing loss…

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Educating the Deaf Child: Speaking, Reading and Teaching

By Lily McCann There are 70 million deaf people worldwide. Current estimates suggest anywhere from 800,000 to 2 million deaf people live in the US and Canada. With this substantial figure in mind, it’s no wonder that special education is becoming more widely available and accessible in our society today. In a world in which…

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Drug addiction among the deaf: It’s a neglected problem

By Lily Weaver Unfortunately, drug addiction is a problem that is believed to affect the deaf community even more than it affects the hearing community. Debra Guthmann, a former president of the National Association on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability, estimates that one in seven deaf people in the United States suffers from substance dependency, as…

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Recommended viewing: A silent TV show mixes entertainment with issues

By David H. Kirkwood It’s not often that commercial television airs something as bold and downright different as last week’s episode of Switched at Birth, an ABC Family program that is shown Mondays at 9 pm Eastern. In case you’ve never watched Switched, the premise is that two baby girls born the same day in…

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