Click or Treat: Content Needs Accessibility Conference

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Join the Louisiana Special School District for a day of Halloween fun and learning on October 30th, 2019!

The 2019 Click or Treat Conference will host a full day of presentation on assistive technologies that support curriculum accessibility for a variety of diverse learners, including those who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing and those who are blind or visually impaired.

Blind Engineer Invents World’s First ‘Smart Cane’

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Blind Engineer Invents World’s First ‘Smart Cane’ which uses Google Maps to help blind people navigate. This revolutionary cane called WeWalk was introduced to assist blind people in navigating their surroundings much more efficiently when they are on their own. 

Play Now! Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots

Today is the official launch of Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots, a one-of-a-kind online game designed to empower, connect, and inspire deaf teenagers!

Created by a team of deaf artists, game designers, and researchers, Deafverse is a choose-your-own-adventure game created by the National Deaf Center and debuting during Deaf Awareness Month to focus on deaf teenagers — providing them with a fun digital experience that also builds their confidence, teaches them their rights, and helps them develop essential self-determination skills to succeed in their transition from high school to adult life.

Read more about this at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.

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8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.

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Using Learning Stations to Kick Off the Year

An engaging way for students to get to know each other, review the syllabus, and decide on classroom agreements.

Read more: Using Learning Stations to Kick Off the Year

NADD 36th Annual Conference in New Orleans October 23-25

Join NADD for their 36th Annual Conference October 23-25 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The conference “Parading Through Life: Celebrating Resilience, Joy and Wellness…Letting the Good Times Roll in New Orleans” will provide information regarding various topics in the field of Dual Diagnosis (IDD/MI). See attachments for conference registration information and schedule.


2019 NADD Conference Flyer for Families NADD Conference Schedule 2019

Where Am I Going, and How Do I Get There? Transition Planning for Students with Significant Disabilities

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WHO: Families and professionals supporting students with significant disabilities


WHEN: SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2019, 8:30 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.


WHERE: UNO TRAC, The Oliver St. Pe Center/TRAC Building is located across St. Anthony Avenue from Benjamin Franklin High School (located at 2001 Leon C. Simon Blvd.) at the intersection of Leon C. Simon Blvd. and St. Anthony Ave. As you enter the campus on St. Anthony Ave., turn left at your first opportunity into a parking lot. The Oliver St. Pe Center sits at the end of the parking lot.


HOW: Register via email.  Please provide name, email address, and employer (if appropriate).


WHY: To assist students, families, and professionals in planning post-secondary lives for individuals with significant disabilities. Click here for the agenda.

Save the Date for Transition Institute, Sponsored by the HDC Louisiana Deafblind Project

HDC is proud to host the Transition Institute sponsored by its own Louisiana Deafblind Project, September 5 and 6, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

For more information, see the Transition Institute flyer.

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!