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California Hands & Voices wrote a letter of support for AB 598, which would require health insurance plans and policies to cover hearing aids for children up to 18 years of age.
In California, the cost of a hearing aid is the most significant barrier preventing families from accessing hearing aids and hearing aid services. Only one in ten children in privately funded plans has coverage for hearing aids and hearing aid services, which costs a family up to $6,000 every three to five years. This is a heavy financial burden for working families. Some families are forced to forego hearing aids for their children or postpone services such as fittings and maintenance. Other families have to deplete their savings or seek out other charity assistance for a device that should be covered by their medical insurance. This is why 24 other states have already passed legislation requiring insurance companies to cover the expense of hearing aids for children.
If you have any questions or would like to write your letter of support please contact and you can stay informed by visiting the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/LetCAKidsHear/
Observe, Understand & Respond: the O.U.R. Children's Safety Project
We don’t like to think about it, but our kids who are deaf or hard of hearing are at a higher risk for maltreatment — bullying, abuse and neglect. California Hands & Voices is committed to doing our part to keep all kids safe from harm. We will host a webinar in early August which will be parent focused and provide specific tips that we feel will benefit every family throughout California. More information will be released soon!
Nancy Sager is the California Hands & Voices O.U.R Project lead within our state. If you have questions regarding the O.U.R. Project please contact her today. Thank you for your interest in keeping our youth safe! Email:
California Hands & Voices has been approved to have an ASTra Program!
What is ASTra?
ASTra is a replicable Deaf and Hard of Hearing Educational Advocacy Program providing parents and professionals with resources that focus specifically on D/HH issues in educational advocacy in the Hands & Voices context: a commitment to unbiased support of families regardless of language and communication approaches used by their children and across the full continuum of educational placement options, so that every child who is D/HH has the opportunity to achieve their full potential. ASTra content is derived from years of direct advocacy experience working with families in schools, attending advocacy trainings from legal experts, providing trainings, and the Hands & Voices Educational Advocacy Guidebook (©2013).
We will have our First Workshop in February of 2019.
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Thank you for making a difference for California Hands & Voices.
California Hands & Voices is an unfunded non-profit organization and we operate solely through volunteers. Our volunteers are worth their weight in gold and we wholeheartedly appreciate that they share their time and talents without any compensation. Thank you, David Whittaker and Ross Manges at Sparkistic, LCC for donating your time to create a new website for us in 2015 and again November 2018! We also want to thank Sherry Freitas for reaching out to ask how she could support California Hands & Voices. The support of these volunteers for this website was priceless and they did a great job! Each of them provided a valuable tool to us which will allow us to support families who have Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in a more effective way.