👋 Hello Deaf, Hard of Hearing, ASL interpreters, teachers, allies, and everyone!

Octavio Cuenca Maldonado as a Deaf Advocate, would like to share with you all this very important message about the bill and two amendments bills.  We need your support by signing the petition!

Watch this video: 

This is Octavio Cuenca Maldonado, advocating for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing communities in New Jersey. I work with Chris Sullivan, we’re engaged with various Senators and Assemblymembers to support two important bills: The “Right to Mental Health for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing Act” (A5600/S4007) and the LEAD-K (Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids) two amendment’s (A5276/A5561).

Why is this mental health bill important ?

As you see, many Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals often struggle with depression, isolation, addiction, unemployment, and more. The main reason due to language and communication barriers, which is limited access to appropriate mental health programs, leading to worse mental health outcomes.

✨ The Mental Health Bill will create a Deaf Services Coordinator. This role will ensure various mental health programs are Deaf and Hard of Hearing inclusive, the workforce’s understanding of Deaf culture and its needs, increase ASL interpreter availability, and improve overall accessibility and quality of mental health services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in New Jersey.

Why is this LEAD-K’s two Amendments important 🤔?

👶 LEAD-K, already in passed since 2019, supports Deaf and Hard of Hearing babies and toddlers aged 0-5, ensuring they have the language resources and a more positive impact on their healthy cognitive and linguistic development to prevent language deprivation kindergarten can ready when they start school. The two proposed amendments seeks to strengthen this bill to expand language teams to monitor language proficiency, encourage parent participation, Develop a computerized tracking system as a purpose based on their improved language and cognition, and Mandate collaboration of state agencies and partners working together to benefit Deaf babies and toddlers.

🖊️ How Can You Help?

✍️ Sign BOTH E-petitions (not just one! Use two) using these links:

Mental Health Billhttps://form.jotform.com/232684516319158

LEADK’s two Amendmentshttps://www.jotform.com/form/232626700334146

Make sure to put your full name, address, and zip code, which should reside in New Jersey only and must be 18 years older. Your NAME and ADRESS as information will be kept strictly confidential. 🤐

🌍 If you are from another state, not New Jersey, then Please share this with anyone you know in the NJ state to SPREAD this vital information.

🤝 Your Signature Makes a Difference!

By supporting these bills, your signatures to a brighter, positive impact, more inclusive future for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in New Jersey—Think of everyone close to you: family, friends, colleagues, kids, and anyone.

📧 Questions or Concerns?

Please, any questions or concerns, Contact me through email: Cmaldonadooctavio@gmail.com

Thank you for watching this video. Bye!

Octavio Cuenca Maldonado

Deaf Advocate