Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center Is Seeking Advisory Group Members

Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center is a statewide project of Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans. They are seeking diverse members from all over Louisiana for their Youth and Young Adults Advisory Group, and also their Parent and Family Advisory Group. The Louisiana Youth and Young Adults should be 16 to 26 years of age with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs, see They are also seeking a diverse group of Louisiana Parents or Family Members that have a Child with Disabilities or Special Health Care Needs, see For more information see the attachments.


LA DD Council Seeking Executive Director

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is seeking a passionate and creative Executive Director that demonstrates a strong understanding of the history of disability and the work that still lies ahead for the people of Louisiana. The desired qualifications of a candidate for this high-level leadership opportunity are described below.

The incumbent in this position is responsible for administering the statewide operations of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. Assumes signature authority over all contracts, budget, staff, federal reporting, and any other charge issued by federal and state authorities. As such, the Executive Director is responsible for the strategic leadership and implementation of all functional activities of the Developmental Disabilities Council to accomplish advocacy, capacity building and systemic change in Louisiana. The incumbent will be held accountable for implementing these functions in accordance with the Council plan and state laws.


Introducing the Deafblind International Youth Network

The Deafblind International Youth Network (DbIYN) is part of a
group of specialist networks that are recognised as one of the
core activities of Deafblind International The youth network
provides a global platform from which young deafblind people
can form peer group friendships through experiencing a range
of network events including holidays, short breaks, exchange
visits and participating in conferences.

Deafblind International has also published a pamphlet entitled A Glimpse of Our World: Inspiring Stories by Young Deafblind People.


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Louisiana Relay Communal Resource Fair

Louisiana Relay is the state’s official service providing access to telephone calls for individuals who are deaf, deaf/blind, hard of hearing, or who have difficulty speaking. On Monday, November 16, from 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, Louisiana Relay will be holding its annual Community Resource Fair! This year, the fair is focusing on providing practical information for students studying communication disorders in order to become audiologists or speech language pathologists. You may be interested in this event if you:

  • Are interested in working with individuals with hearing loss
  • Are interested in working with individuals who have difficulty speaking
  • Want to learn more about Deaf culture from the Director of Deaf Services at Lighthouse Louisiana
  • Are curious about life with Aphasia from the Director of the Aphasia Center of Acadiana
  • Have or know someone who has difficulty hearing or speaking over the phone
  • Would like to be entered in a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card

Register for the Louisiana Relay Community Resource Fair

Please register today and send this opportunity along to any students, NSSLHA members, and faculty who you believe could benefit from the information we are offering.

Feel free to contact T. Bobbye Abney, Louisiana Outreach Coordinator at Hamilton Relay (, with any questions!


Free Ticket to Virtual Graduate Open House at Gallaudet University

Warm Fall Greetings from the Graduate Admissions Office at Gallaudet University! 

We invite you to share this invite to our FREE Virtual Graduate School Open House on  Friday, November 6th. , from 4-6pm EST. 

Interested in learning more about The Graduate School at Gallaudet University or do you know someone who should attend? 

As a fellow alumni from the Graduate School at Gallaudet University, I am asking for your support by encouraging anyone you know, whether they are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing,  who may be interested in advancing their career to attend this FREE event.

This is a perfect opportunity to learn more about what we can offer, all from the comfort of their own home and laptop! 

If you have any questions about our Virtual Open House, please contact me at or text me at (202) 751-3131. 

To register for the Gallaudet Virtual Graduate School Open House Friday, November 6th, click HERE!

Please note that our on-campus Open Houses have been canceled due to the current pandemic. 

We look forward to seeing you online at our upcoming Virtual Graduate School Open House. 

Heidi Zornes-Foster, M.A., G-02′ 
Sr. Graduate Admissions Counselor 
(202) 751-3131 TEXT

Ready to apply?
We are ready to have YOU!


MCHB Seeks Your Opinion

We want to hear from you! The Maternal Child Health Bureau (MCHB) is seeking public input on A Blueprint for Change: Guiding Principles for Advancing the System of Services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and Families (Blueprint) by November 30, 2020.

In the fall of 2019, MCHB began working with a small group of CYSHCN experts and families to reexamine systems of care for CYSHCN and to identify priorities and opportunities that can advance those systems and improve outcomes. The result is a draft Blueprint that can inform programs and policy at the community, state, and federal levels.  

MCHB invites you to review the draft Blueprint and provide input on how this work can be operationalized at the community, state, and federal levels in four key areas:  

  • Health Equity
  • Access to Services and Supports
  • Family/Child Well-being and Quality of Life
  • Financing of Services

Please submit comments via email to and reference “CYSHCN Blueprint RFI” in the subject line. Deadline to respond is Monday, November 30, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please note that: Responses to this Request for Information (RFI) may be made publicly available; do not include any proprietary or confidential information. HRSA/MCHB will not respond to any individual comments, except to clarify written responses. HRSA also will not respond to questions about potential policy issues related to this RFI.

More Information on Children with Special Health Care Needs

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Autumn Science Opportunity in Louisiana

Who? Louisiana students in grades 3-12

What? A 3-hour STEM experience for which students will receive a box chocked full of hands-on instructional materials

When? October 17 or November 14, 2020 from 1:00-4:00PM Central time

Where? Everywhere! Via Zoom

How? Please visit the link below for additional information and to complete an application.

Autumn Science Information and Registration

For questions, please contact Eric Guillory, Director of Youth Services at Louisiana Center for the Blind at

Supported Employment

National Online Dialogue on Job Developing for People with Disabilities During Times of Increased Unemployment

U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) encourages you to participate in a national online dialogue, Job Developing for People with Disabilities during Times of Increased Unemployment. DOL is hosting this dialogue to learn how job developers are helping people with disabilities obtain competitive integrated employment during times of increased health risks and unemployment. They want to hear from you—individuals with disabilities, family members, advocates, employment specialists, VR counselors, job coaches, and employers. The dialogue will be open through October 18, 2020

The topics include:

1) Addressing health risks

2) Balancing self-determination and health

3) Addressing increased unemployment

Supported Employment

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2020

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme is Increasing Access and Opportunity. This year 2020 marks the 75th observance of NDEAM, but also the 30th anniversary of the ADA. Both milestones have events and activities centered on the theme at the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)’s National Disability Employment Awareness page.

Also join the Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (APSE) for FREE and PAID events on APSE’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month page.

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