Marlee Matlin, Camryn Manheim, and Sasha Farber and Emma Slater of “Dancing With The Stars,” were among 200 guests who attended the launch of The Nyle DiMarco Foundation’s (NDF) “Love and Language” campaign on Nov. 29 at the Sofitel Hotel.
(photo courtesy of the Nyle DiMarco Foundation)
The campaign promotes kindergarten-ready literacy for deaf and hard of hearing children. Fewer than 15 percent of children who are hard of hearing and fewer than 6 percent of deaf children in kindergarten through 12th grade can read and write proficiently.
DiMarco is an actor, model and advocate who is also fourth generation deaf. He is pictured with Matlin (left) and Manheim. Last spring, DiMarco won season 22 of the ABC series “Dancing with the Stars.”
The nonprofit NDF adopted “Love and Language” as its kickoff campaign to highlight the need to give deaf children access to tools to learn language at an early age. NDF is also working with the national coalition Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids for Kindergarten-Readiness (LEAD-K) to pass legislation on early language instruction for deaf and hard of hearing children from birth to age 5. Legislation to address the issue has been approved in California, with 23 additional states considering similar legislation. For information, visit nyledimarcofoundation.com.