We can't go just off of Hear Indiana's form letter, though, since they as an organization are biased. If we're going to look at Hear Indiana's stuff, we should be looking at IAD's stuff, too. I'm currently looking at IAD's website to see if they have a form letter and to check what parts of said letter contradict/agree with Hear Indiana's letter.
Here's their letter:
Some notes on what I thought was contradictory:
1. Hear Indiana says the current outreach is biased; IAD doesn't. Which is it?
2. IAD states that the current outreach works with the auditory-oral school in Indy; Hear Indiana states that the current outreach is only associated with one philosophy.
3. IAD says 90% of children are born to hearing families; Hear Indiana says 95%. These can't both be correct.
4. Hear Indiana says children won't fall through the cracks; IAD says they will.
5. Hear Indiana says 80-90% of parents choose listening/spoken language as their communication option, whereas IAD says 80% of deaf children are mainstreamed and that there's no data on how many use ASL or spoken language or both.
What they agree upon:
1. The current system could be enhanced/improved.
I don't understand why this new thing's (apparently) going to be run by the Office of Management and Budget.
Also, here is the video of the girl I mentioned earlier (I felt the need to post it):
Oppose Indiana HB 1367 - YouTube
I'm not saying she's right or wrong. I tried to investigate some of the claims she made (namely the one about closing ISD/the "stated objective in [Hear Indiana's] newsletters"), but I couldn't find any online archive of Hear Indiana's newletters, only a page on their website where I could sign up to receive new issues.