/R E P E A T -- Media invitation - Please note new date - Enough is enough! The public voices its support for a Universal Newborn Hearing-Screening Program in Québec/

    Québec Coalition for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening
    calls on the minister of health to fund such a program now!

    MONTREAL, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to a petition and letter writing
campaign, 1000s of Quebecers, organizations, foundations and associations say:
Yes! We support the creation of a universal newborn hearing-screening (UNHS)
program in Québec.
    Parents, children, health professionals and groups, organizations and
associations representing the hearing impaired have joined forces resulting in
the creation of the Quebec Coalition for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening.
    During an upcoming press conference members of this new coalition will
strongly recommend the Minister of Health respect the UN Rights of the Child
by launching a universal hearing-screening program immediately. They will also
bundle up and mail all of the letters and signatures of support submitted by
the general public and mail them off to Health Minister Couillard.

    WHEN:    Wednesday June 18th at 10 h 30

    WHERE:   Office of l'Association des pédiatres du Québec
             2, complexe Desjardins, 32e étage, salle Raymond Robillard

    WHO:     Dr. Thérèse Côté-Boileau, présidente de l'Association des
             pédiatres du Québec

             M. Claudio Busandri, a profoundly deaf Montreal businessman and
             Chair, Québec Coalition for Universal Newborn Hearing Screening

             Anne-Marie Hurteau, acting Executive Secretary of the Coalition
             and an audiologist

             Dr. Hema Patel, acting Co-Chair of the Coalition, a pediatrician
             at The Montreal Children's Hospital of the MUHC and the mother
             of a child with profound hearing loss

             Dr. Ana Carceller, pediatrician at the Centre hospitalier
             universitaire Ste-Justine

             Children with hearing loss and their parents

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Dutton, (514) 412-4307,

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