Very young children are seated at tables in a classroom. Each has a snack bowl in front of them.

Being deaf does not cause delays in learning language. But being denied language access does. The California Department on Education in the United States wrote a position statement on language access for deaf children. Their statement says¬†that they support all languages and tools of communication. They emphasize that a good education begins with a strong foundation in language skills. For deaf children, this means early intervention programs with babies younger than six months. California supports right to language access for deaf and hard of hearing children. They also support parents’ rights to learn about language options, communication tools, and educational approaches.

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