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On June 11, the Friends of the Congressional Hearing Health Caucus, of which CEASD is a member, held a briefing on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention for the U.S. House of Representatives. The event highlighted two speakers, Dr. Dana Suskind of the 30 Million Words Initiative, and Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Georgia Commissioner of Public Health, Director of Georgia Pathway to Language and Literacy, and recipient of the CEASD 2014 National Champion Award. CEASD recommended her as a speaker for this event. Also presenting were Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia and Lois Capps of California.

Both keynoters focussed on the importance of early language - signed and spoken language - for early brain development. They emphasized the need for programs to involve all stakeholders. And they addressed the need to reauthorize the federal EHDI law. Around 65 Capitol Hill staffers and others attended. CEASD was a co-sponsor of the event and was listed on the program as such. Response from attendees was highly positive. All in all, it was a very successful event!

Barbara Raimondo, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, James Tucker
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