Deaf Community Leader Award

Hamilton Relay, contracted service provider for Louisiana Relay, is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Deaf Community Leader Award. Nominations are due August 12th. Please see the attached nomination letter and questionnaire for more details and feel free to forward this message on to others.

2019 DAW LA Questionnaire 2019 DAW LA Nomination Letter

The Last Week of June 2019 Was Deafblind Awareness Week

Please read the attached article from the National Center for the Deaf to learn more:

Trending Topic Tuesday, June 19, 2019

HKNC Summer Programs

Take a look at the programs offered by the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) in 2019!

FREE Training for Parents with Students with Disabilities from COPAA

you are a parent in the New Orleans or Lafayette area and know or suspect that
you have a child with a disability, the Council of Parent Attorneys and
Advocates is holding FREE training in New Orleans on January 18 and Lafayette
on January 19. Attendees have the opportunity to receive a waiver for
discounted admission to the COPAA conference at the Sheraton New Orleans, March
8-11. For full details, please see the flyer for your region by clicking one of
the links below.

Managing Students with Multiple Disabilities including the Deafblind: A Para-Professional Training Course

This training is designed to provide information regarding the “Best Practice” management of students (birth – 22 years) presenting with multiple disabilities including dual-sensory losses.

The course is offered both “LIVE” in New Orleans and statewide via distance learning.  Classes meet once a week, Tuesday afternoons at4:00 p.m. and begin January 22, 2019. There is no cost for the course and Continuing Education Units will be offered.

The course is designed for para-professionals working with students presenting with multiple disabilities and can be tailored to the needs of the individual participant.  This course can provide the necessary didactic information for the national certification as a Deafblind Intervener should the participant wish to pursue that pathway.

To register or for more information please contact the Louisiana Deafblind Project via email at ladpb@lsuhsc.eduor by phone at 504-556-3455.

Follow-up to CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference

The Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth in partnership with the Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program presented the CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference September 14 & 15, 2018 at the LSU Health Sciences Center, Human Development Center.  A total of 210 educational and allied health professionals, education/allied health students, and parents attended across the two-day conference and enjoyed a variety of guest speakers and topics which included featured speakers Dr. Carol Flexor and Dr. Steven Collins. 

Click here to read more and to access links to handouts, photos & videos.

Join Northshore Families Helping Families for their 6th annual Touch a Truck Day

Join NFHF for a family fun day where all kids have the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with dozens of community vehicles! Along with the vehicles, there will be food, music, and games!

  • $6 per person
  • $25 for group/family of 5
  • Kids under 2 are free!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

WHERE: Church of the King Parking Lot, 22205 Little King Rd, Mandeville, LA



DeafEd Twitter Chat

Join us for the #DeafEd Chat on Twitter this Thursday! We will be discussing "Preparing Deaf Youth for Postsecondary…

Posted by National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Online Disabled & Proud Conference for College Students with Disabilities

Disabled & Proud: Leading Change

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities
(NCCSD) and the DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring)
student group are proud to announce:

2018 Disabled & Proud Conference: Leading Change
An online conference for college students with disabilities
October 11-13, 2018

All college students with disabilities and culturally Deaf
students are welcome, as well as students with chronic mental and physical
health conditions, and students with intellectual disabilities who are auditing
or in transition programs.  Nondisabled student allies are invited,

For more information, visit  

WHERE: Online


CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference September 14 & 15

The third annual CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference is to be held Friday and Saturday, September 14 – 15 at the Human Development Center (411 South Prieur St, NOLA).  This two-day interprofessional conference is for families, professionals, and advocates who support individuals with deafness, blindness, and deafblindness. There is no charge for the conference which includes Parking, Continental Breakfast & Lunch both days, and an Evening Reception with Vendor Exhibits on Friday.  CONNECTIONS 2018 is being sponsored by the Louisiana Deafblind Project, Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI), and the Collaborative for Students with Unique Communication Needs. Featured topics include Theory of Mind and Mild Hearing Losses, Pro-Tactile Communication, Genetics, Orientation & Mobility, Genetics, Caretaking, Ethics, and Technology Update. Additional information is available in the CONNECTIONS 2018 Flyer and in CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference FAQ.

limited number of $50.00 stipends for Childcare/Transportation costs are available to Parents of Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Blind. Please contact Margaret Berry for details at or 504-439-1901.  ASL Interpreting will be available. For any other Accommodations Requests, Dietary Restrictions, or questions, please email

CEUs will be available from AAC Institute (IACET), AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Register at Eventbrite “CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference”.



  • Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM