CHARGE Syndrome Foundation Webinar on Interpreters and Interveners

Please join the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, for a free webinar called “Interpreter or Intervener: Which Will Meet the Educational Support Needs of Your Child?”
Educational interpreters and interveners have overlapping roles in the classroom, which may cause confusion for parents of children with CHARGE Syndrome and thus challenges when advocating for supports at school. This presentation will explore the differences and similarities in the roles to assist families in identifying which one is the best fit for their child’s needs. An overview of each role will be provided, including examples of how interpreters and interveners work with students who are deafblind in K-12 settings.
Presenters:
Susanne Morgan Morrow – Director, New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
Beth Kennedy – Director, DeafBlind Central: Michigan’s Training & Resource Project and the DeafBlind Intervener Training Program at Central Michigan University
For more information about this and other upcoming webinars being offered by the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation, go to: https://www.chargesyndrome.org/for-families/resources/webinars/

Third Symposium of Usher Syndrome in Louisiana

Learn more about the progress of work of Dr. Jennifer Lentz, LSUHSC, and upcoming clinical trials.

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2020
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE:
Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning
Lafayette, Louisiana

For more information, or to pre-register: Susie, strotochaud@usher2020.org or 877-926-0859

Students Think Lectures Are Best, but Research Suggests They’re Wrong

A study reveals students prefer low-effort learning strategies—like listening to lectures—despite doing better with active learning.

Click here for original article.

SOAR to the Top June 25-28, 2020

The Mississippi Hearing and Vision Project is presenting their Transition Institute in Jackson, Mississippi, June 25-28, 2020.

Dr. Rose Angelocci is featured speaker at Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaired Expo

Dr. Rose Angelocci, the coordinator of HDC’s Louisiana Deafblind Project, was a featured presenter at the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaired Expo hosted by Calcasieu Parish School Board on Friday, November 1, 2019. A clip of her can be seen on TV’s KPLC noon broadcast starting at the 3:08 mark here. More information about the expo can be found in the flyer below.

Rose Angelocci, PhD on KPLC 7News
Calcasieu Parish School Board Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaired Expo Flyer
Calcasieu Parish School Board Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Visually Impaired Expo Flyer

Early Childhood Initiatives Update

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership (EHS-CCP) grant was renewed for an additional 5 years ($17M).  The program has expanded to 8 locations across the city. EHS-CCP provides comprehensive child development services to 210 at risk infants and toddlers and their families.

HDC also has a new contract with the Developmental Disabilities Council to provide training for EarlySteps providers (Louisiana’s Part C-early intervention program) and develop a community of practice for 70 early interventionists in Lafayette and Shreveport.

LASARD Project Approved as Vendor for Louisiana Department of Education

The Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) Project has been selected for inclusion in the Louisiana Department of Education’s Partnership for Success Guide as an approved vendor for the 2020-2021 school year.  The Partnership for Success Guide provides school systems with a list of partners that can provide professional development to build the capacity of educators to deliver specialized supports often required to support the unique needs of students with disabilities.  Only ten vendors from across the US are included in this guide. LASARD facilitators are in the process now of meeting with districts and schools across the state to promote their partnership services and offer support as needed. 

Our 3rd Annual Braille Poetry Contest is open!

Originally by the National Braille Press, https://www.nbp.org

The theme for this year’s contest is freedom.  Freedom to be you, freedom in the world, fighting for freedom, let your creativity run free (pun intended)!  We’ll be accepting submissions from October 11, 2019 to February 07, 2020.  Winners will be announced on World Poetry Day: March 21, 2020. Click here for details.

Prizes:
Writers of all ages are encouraged to enter their original braille poetry for a chance to win a grand prize worth $100 and have your poem published on the Inside NBP Blog.

Age Groups:

  • K-2nd grade
  • 3rd grade-5th grade
  • 6th grade-8th grade
  • 9th grade-12th grade
  • Adults

“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.” —Yevgeny Yevtushenko