Remove federal grant funding from NCHAM, led by Karl White

Remove federal grant funding from NCHAM, led by Karl White

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Why this petition matters

Started by Laura Petersen

This petition is a vote of no confidence in Dr. Karl White.  We seek to remove federal funding of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) directed by Karl White.

1. Karl White has been overseeing every state and territory Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program for 20 years as the founding director of the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM) which receives federal funding.

2. Identification of Deaf babies has improved but still has many issues as found in a 2017 report that showed people did not know how and whom to report hearing test results.  https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28471783/

3.  Under Karl White's influence the Intervention in EHDI has been ignored. The focus has been on technology and focusing on improving "hearing" rather than learning. The purpose of early identification is to make sure kids develop language and do well academically because they have the same potential as any hearing child.  However, it is estimated that 70-80% of Deaf and Hard of Hearing children and their families do not learn sign while they are children.  

4. Deaf students do academically worse than any other group of students, including all special education students. 
Less than 35% of Deaf children are scoring at or above grade level on reading, writing, and mathematics.  ( 2016 Legislative Analyst's Office | The California Legislature's Nonpartisan Fiscal and Policy Advisor)               

5. Karl White actively limits the influence of Deaf professionals and researcher's perspectives. 

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) have continued to provide funding despite the fact that Karl White's 20 years of involvement with Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) programs have significantly harmed Deaf and Hard of Hearing babies' linguistic and educational outcomes. Deaf and Hard of Hearing children continue to score the lowest of any student population including other races, disabilities, and social economic status, despite huge gains in identifying Deaf and Hard of Hearing children by 3 months of age. 

Karl's obvious bias towards audiological technology and spoken language tools, clearly evident in his January 2021 article in Pediatrics, has had extreme detrimental results given his influence on all State and Territory EHDI programs. He actively marginalizes the people he is supposed to serve, Deaf and Hard of Hearing people, by ignoring research that proves the positive impact of sign language on language acquisition and development in Deaf and Hard of Hearing children.  As a result of his bias, families are not being informed about proven, research-based language opportunities and instead are being encouraged to solely focus on their child's speech skills despite dismal results.  

Please sign this petition to remove federal funding of NCHAM, under  Dr. Karl White's directorship.

 

1,737 have signed. Let’s get to 2,500!