June 13, 2014
By Julie Montanaro
Families of children born deaf or with significant hearing impairment will soon get some help figuring out what to do next.
Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a bill today (6/13) that will create a web-ready list of qualified service providers, including audiologists, speech pathologists and more.
Tallahassee's Amber Moore was one of the parents who lobbied for the bill. Her daughter was born deaf and has since had two cochlear implants.
She hopes this new list will spare other parents long nights of fact finding.
"We didn't have this when Harper was diagnosed. We spent countless hours on line trying to find qualified services. This is going to be huge for newly identified children," Moore said.
The law goes into effect July 1st.
The list of Early Steps providers will be posted on the Department of Health's web site.