Louisiana DeafBlind Project News

New Deaf Education Newsletter

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There is a new issue of the Louisiana Deaf Education Newsletter available. Click the link below to learn about new events and training opportunities.

Family Training Webinars from California Deafblind Services

Interested in online Training Webinars for Families? California Deafblind Services is hosting a series of online Family Training Webinars including topics such as Transition Planning Using a Person-Centered Process, Virtual Stories: Sharing the Story of Your Child and Family with Educators, and Active Learning: Principles and How to Encourage  Active Learning for Your Child. Please see the attached flyers in English and Spanish for more details and to register:

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DeafBlind Events and Resources Rollup

Louisiana DeafBlind Community Events

  • DeafBlind Support Group (DBSG) in Lafayette, Thursday, April 14th, at ABL in Daigle Hall at 9:00 AM
  • Louisiana DeafBlind Citizens (LADBC) Crawfish Boil, Saturday, April 30th: details will be shared later
  • DBSG Picnic: date will be shared later
  • DeafBlind Day on June 23rd in Lafayette
  • Join LADB e-mail news list at ladbnews@gmail.com (not affiliated with LADBP)

HKNC Virtual Confident Living Program for Senior Citizens

  • April 28th and 29th from 12:30 to 2:30 PM CST on Zoom
  • For participants who use ASL to communicate
  • Topics include:
    • Coping with vision loss
    • Communication strategies
    • Technology
  • Contact Natasha Aymami for flyer and more information at natasha.aymami@hknc.org

Louisiana DeafBlind Registry

The purpose of the registry is to provide basic information about people with combined vision and hearing loss in the United States. This information is to be used as a census of persons who are DeafBlind, as a planning tool and for research purposes. All identifying information is confidential.  

The registry data also helps collect data in support of services or programs in the state for the DeafBlind community. For instance, if there is a need of specific services for the DeafBlind community, the HNKC registry data can be utilized as justification of the needed additional services.

It is vital to maintain an accurate census in order to provide various services and programs to Louisiana’s DeafBlind citizens. If you are a person with combined vision and hearing loss, parent/guardian, or service provider for an individual who is DeafBlind, please take a few moments to fill out the registry at this link: www.helenkeller.org/hknc/national-registry

DeafBlind Day in Lafayette, Thursday, June 23

People in a park

From the Lafayette DeafBlind community:

Join us for
7th Annal DeafBlind Day
(Known as White Cane Day and Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness Celebration)

When: Thursday, June 23, 2022

Listed Plans

9:00 AMGather/socialize at the front of Lafayette Recreation and Parks, 500 Girard Park Drive, Lafayette, LA, and then walk the one-lap path-track around the park in suppport of DeafBlind Day
11:00 AMDine/gather/socialize at the ABL centered outdoor lawn and Daigle Hall, 420 Cherry Street (off 409 West St. Mary Boulevard), Lafayette, LA for Lagneaux’s famous Jumbo Chicken or Jumbo Steak Burger Platter with chips and drinks.
NOTE: To get a FREE Borden’s Ice Cream, all is required to be at Daigle Hall at 11:00 to receive a ticket.
NoonAnnouncement of proclamation of DeafBlind Day by City-Parish of Lafayette Mayor-President
12:30 PMPlay indoor and outdoor water games
2:00 PMFinal drawing of National 50/50 Rally given by NADBA and then gather/socialize at Borden’s Ice Cream, 1130 Jefferson Street, Lafayette, LA

Admission: CHEAP $5.00 for the following promotions:

  • FREE BBQ Jumbo Burger Platter/Drink
  • FREE participation of indoor and outdoor games
  • FREE Borden’s Ice Cream
  • Deadline: Required to pay by June 1st for final headcounts of ordering specialized patties. No walk-ins on the day of the event!!!
  • Hand money in person to one of our co-chairs, Dan Arabie or Michelle Eaton, or mail payment directly to Dan Arabie, 106 Dempsey Drive, Lafayette, LA 70503 with a memo line: 2022 DB Day

Everybody is invited to join us for a fun-filled all-day event

For more information, please contact Dan Arabie by e-mail at LSUCajunDan@gmail.com or by text at (337) 388-6505 or Michelle Eaton by e-mail at bluevanilla17@gmail.com.

March Deaf Education Newsletter

The March edition of the Louisiana Deaf Education Newsletter is here. March 13-April 15 is even Deaf History Month!!!

DbI March 2022 Newsletter

Deafblind International has published their March 2022 Newsletter. Please use the link below to read it.

Louisiana Department of Education Survey

From the Louisiana Department of Education:

Each year the Louisiana Department of Education submits a grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for state set aside funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The Department uses these funds to support its priorities for students with disabilities.

As they develop their grant application for Federal Fiscal Year 2022 that begins 10/1/2022, they are asking for feedback from families of children with disabilities to better understand what activities the public views as important.

Please assist them by completing this survey by Friday, March 11, 2022. It should take no more than five minutes to complete and personally identifiable information is not requested.

The Quiet Cajuns

From Natasha Aymami of the Helen Keller National Center:

There is a film about the Usher Syndrome Type 1C that is genetically tied to the Acadian population. This film will feature Dan Arabie, a leader in the DeafBlind community in Louisiana and a very proud Cajun. It includes the Babineaux family that has a son with Usher Syndrome that hosts the annual Ush One See 5K, which is a non-profit organization to create awareness and raise funds for a potential cure to stop the vision loss aspect of Usher Syndrome Type 1C. It will also feature Dr. Jennifer Lentz’s research on USH1C. The film will be shown at the Acadiana Center of Arts in Lafayette Louisiana on March 12th at 5pm. It is a FREE event.

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First Conference on DeafBlindness in Africa: Registration

The very 1st DbI Africa Conference is happening!

REGISTER NOW and be online or on site part of more than 40 presentations and workshops, brand new research and all the vibrant energy of the green city under the sun.


About Deafblind International

We are an international not-for-profit membership organization focused on the needs of individuals who are deafblind, their families and the professionals who provide services. We have a constitution and are managed by a volunteer Board from around the globe.

We are focused on bringing together individuals and organizations to share information such that they can develop and provide quality services in the regions of the world from which they come.

What is a screen reader, and why are they important?

White person's hand using a computer with blue faint screen equipped with JAWS screen reader

From Marissa Sapega on the blog of TPGi:

There are about 12 million people living with a vision impairment in the United States alone. Worldwide, there were approximately 250 million people who have difficulty seeing in 2015, 36 million of whom are entirely blind. Today, that number has only grown.

You may know someone with a visual disability—perhaps you have one yourself. But did you know how such individuals access the internet? They use assistive technology called a “screen reader,” which speaks aloud the text on a digital screen using a speech synthesizer.

About TPGi

TPGi (Previously known as The Paciello Group) is an accessibility solutions provider that supports all phases of accessibility through best-in-class management software and professional services.