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Michigan LEAD-K Testimony Hub

Update: A vote of the Michigan house will take place soon. NOW is the time to contact your representative to ask for support!
Freida McCall Morrison urges Michiganders to contact their house representatives.
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The purpose of LEAD-K legislation is to ensure that Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing children arrive to kintergarten with the language foundation they need to succeed. Freida describes the process in the video at left.

The first step in passing LEAD-K legislation in Michigan is for it to pass a vote in the Family, Children, and Seniors Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives. Now that the bill has passed in the Michigan house committee, it will be up for a vote of the full Michigan House soon. Now is the time to contact your house representative. Contact them through multiple methods.

Follow the progress of this bill on LegiScan HERE, including a copy of the bill’s text.

Read Comments Sent to the Committee Via Email:

Michigan House of Representatives
Family, Children, and Seniors Committee

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[ Committee Contact Information and Email Template via Natasha Abner, PhD ]

Committee Meetings: Archived Recordings

Week 1: March 8, 2022
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Week 2: March 15, 2022
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Week 3: March 22, 2022
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Week 2 Testimony Highlights:

Educational audiologist Mallorie Evans on
Artist and entrepreneur Sean Forbes: “Sign language is the way to go.”
Representative Laura Pohutsky ask a clarifying question.
Martin Dale-Hench pin-points the important foundation ASL provided for his rich linguistic life.
Peter Dale urges committee members to recognize the priorities of opponents of ASL.

Week 3 Testimony Highlight:

A representative from AG Bell of Michigan attempts to to break committee protocol
to interject last-minute testimony seconds before the vote is to be cast.

Other Coverage:

The Daily Moth summarized Week Two in this episode.
Freida McCall Morrison explains the next steps for HB5777 after Week 2 of testimony.
Freida McCall Morrison explains the legislative procedure before heading to Lansing for Week 2 of testimony in the state house.
This thread reported highlights
of the testimony on March 15th as it happened.

This page is maintained by Danny McDougall, PhD and is not affiliated with LEAD-K Michigan. For the most up-to-date information—or to learn how to support the bill—contact LEAD-K Michigan.