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Children acquire language without instruction as long as they are regularly and meaningfully engaged with an accessible human language. Today, 80% of children born deaf in the developed world are implanted with cochlear devices that allow some of them access to sound in their early years, which helps them to develop speech. However, because of brain(More)
The use of robotics to provide hands-on instruction across the various disciplines of engineering and computer science is no longer the prohibitively expensive proposition it once was. With the emergence of inexpensive robot kits that encompass a background in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, and computer science,(More)
We argue for the existence of a state constitutional legal right to language. Our purpose here is to develop a legal framework for protecting the civil rights of the deaf child, with the ultimate goal of calling for legislation that requires all levels of government to fund programs for deaf children and their families to learn a fully accessible language:(More)
Deaf sign language users, health inequities, and public health: opportunity for social justice. Introduction Inequities in health and health care have increasingly become an area for concern and action for public health professionals, clinicians, policy makers, and communities. Research has documented inequities in the prevalence of chronic diseases of(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effects of using an audiovisual animation (i.e., digital video) displayed on a personal digital assistant (PDA) for patient education in a clinical setting. METHODS Quasi-experimental study of a prospective technology intervention conducted in an outpatient infectious diseases clinic at an academic medical center. Subjects(More)
As State Medicaid programs become increasingly important sources of payment for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)-related care, and drug regimens the major weapons available to fight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related illnesses, Medicaid drug policies will have a substantial impact. State Medicaid programs were surveyed to identify policies(More)
Cochlear implants (CI) have demonstrated success in improving young deaf children's speech and low-level speech awareness across a range of auditory functions, but this success is highly variable, and how this success correlates to high-level language development is even more variable. Prevalence on the success rate of CI as an outcome for language(More)