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Support Infant Screening and Disability Tax Credit

October 8, 2010

8 October 2010 For immediate release

DEAF COMMUNITY SUPPORTS INFANT SCREENING AND CHANGES TO DISABILITY TAX CREDIT

Ottawa (ON) — The Canadian Association of the Deaf – Association des Sourds du Canada (CAD-ASC), the national organization of Deaf consumers, supports calls for a national infant hearing screening test. The CAD-ASC also supports changes to the eligibility requirements for the disability tax credit.

“It is important that newborns be quickly identified as deaf or hard of hearing,” said CAD-ASC President Doug Momotiuk. “It is equally important that they be provided with a support structure as early as possible.”

Momotiuk emphasized that Deaf experts need to be included in the team that responds to early identification of deaf infants.

“There is no one way to best respond to a baby being deaf,” he said. “Deaf experts provide incredibly valuable assistance in recommending and implementing both signed and spoken languages. Their personal experience and training must be a vital and equal part of assessment.”

With respect to recent demands for changes to the disability tax credit, CAD-ASC Executive Director James Roots noted, “The CAD-ASC has been saying for 30 years that the eligibility requirements are out of touch with the daily realities of people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

“Doctors and others who advocate cochlear implants as a miracle cure for deafness have always insisted the implants turn deaf people into hearing people. We have always responded that they are still deaf and still need disability supports such as the tax credit.

“It is gratifying to see them now admitting that cochlear implants do not change deaf people into hearing people. We look forward to a common front with them in fighting for the rights and equality of deaf people all across Canada.”

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Contacts: Doug Momotiuk, President: dmomotiuk@smd.mb.ca

Jim Roots, Executive Director: jroots@cad.ca or jamesroots@rogers.blackberry.net