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Legislation, Proposed: Assembly Bill 2072

  • By: Cindy Ferraino
  • In: The SAGE Deaf Studies Encyclopedia
  • Edited by: Genie Gertz & Patrick Boudreault
  • Subject:Physical Disabilities, Otorhinolaryngology (Ears, Nose, & Throat)

AB 2072 or Assembly Bill 2072 was proposed by Assembly member Mendoza (D) to provide parents and families with a list of resources for hearing testing if a newborn has been considered for hearing loss. This bill does not replace the current law enacted by 2000 as the “Newborn and Infant Hearing Screening, Tracking and Intervention Act.” This law is often referred to as the “Walsh Bill” because it was sponsored by Representative James Walsh. The National Deaf Association stepped into the lead to help legislative offices in states that wanted to participate by offering educational and technical training to support the Newborn and Infant Hearing, Screening and Tracking and Intervention Act. As of 2003, 38 states including California had adopted this bill to provide ...

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