Thursday, October 22, 2009

Families of deaf children looking for support from province

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Toronto - More than 150 parents and students are expected to protest at Queen's Park Monday to push for province-wide standards for services for deaf children.

The group is called the new Alliance for Children Who are Hard of Hearing and Deaf.

They want Ontario to pay for deaf children to have cochlear implants in both ears, instead of one.

The implants are tiny electronic devices inserted into the inner ear that allow the deaf to detect sound.

The group said having just one implant is like giving a double amputee just one prosthetic leg, or giving someone eyeglasses for one eye.

They estimate the extra implants would cost Ontario an extra $1-million a year.

About 5,000 Ontario children have some degree of hearing loss.