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          Date of Hearing: May 28, 2015  

                             ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON RULES

                                Richard Gordon, Chair

          40 (Leyva) - As Introduced April 9, 2015

          SENATE VOTE:  34-0

          SUBJECT:  Better Hearing and Speech Month.

          SUMMARY:  Recognizes May 2015 as Better Hearing and Speech  
          Month.  Specifically, this resolution makes the following  
          legislative findings:

          1)An estimated 40 million Americans have some type of  
            communication disorder, costing the United States  
            approximately $154 to $186 billion annually due to lost work  
            productivity, special education, and medical treatment.

          2)Thirty-six million American adults report some degree of  
            hearing loss.  Eight percent of children under six years of  
            age across the nation have speech and language disorders and  
            one in five children age 12 to 19 have hearing loss and by  
            first grade, approximately 5 percent of children have speech  
            or language disorders.   

          3)Better Hearing and Speech Month provides an opportunity to  


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            raise awareness about communication disorders and early  
            identification and treatment can enhance the acquisition of  
            functional communication skills. 

          4)Engaging parents, educators, and community leaders is of great  
            importance to raise awareness and support those with  
            communication disorders.

          FISCAL EFFECT:  None



          California Speech-Language-Hearing Association


          None on file

          Analysis Prepared by:Nicole Willis / RLS. / (916)  


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