HDC News

  • HDC attends 2022 National APSE Conference

    News alert graphic with Michaal and Brenna smiling next to APSE sign


  • In-Home Vaccinations from LDH

    Get Your COVID Shot at Home

    The Louisiana Department of Health offers in-home vaccinations to people with disabilities and those who are homebound. LDH has several new printable resources available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and a new ASL video, describing the program and how to sign up. Visit the LDH website at https://ldh.la.gov/page/4464 to view/print information.

    To be added to the LDH Vaccination-at-Home Registry, call 1-855-453-0774 or visit https://ldh.la.gov/inhomeshots. Feel free to share this with any of your community members who might benefit from this service.

  • New Voting Machine Demonstration

    Committee Meeting with Public

    From Natasha Aymami, HKNC South Central Regional Representative:

    June 28th from 9am to 3pm there is a request for Deaf and DeafBlind individuals to go to the capital to provide feedback on the new voting machines. There will be a demonstration as well. The address is 660 N. Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA; across from the state capital.

  • Emergency Preparedness Overview

    Webinar (Live Meeting)

    The Helen Keller National Center for DeafBlind Youths and Adults is proud to announce an Emergency Preparedness Overview Training presented by Valerie Chmela on July 14, 2022 at 9:00AM-11:00AM CST via Zoom (link is under the information below). The training is being provided at no cost to attend and is open to anyone who is interested. LRID is an approved sponsor for continuing education activities. The professional studies program is offered for 0.20 RID CEUS at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level. 

    Target audience: Support Service Providers, novice to experienced interpreters and community members.

    Training Description:

    This training will teach participants the importance of having an emergency and disaster preparedness plan for personal safety and its impact on their ability to provide support to others. The upcoming hurricane season is predicted to be more active than years passed with 14-21 named storms making landfall in the United States. Given the past several years of disastrous weather patterns it is very important that those in the interpreting field, who are often called to frontline duty, be aware of emergency and disaster planning. Therefore, everyone needs to be prepared and have a plan to save themselves and their families.

    There are numerous emergency preparedness training programs for the general population. However, there are specific preparedness planning and strategies for DeafBlind individuals. Valerie Chmela with Helen Keller National Center has developed an emergency curriculum for the DeafBlind population. She has delivered this training across the country with various professionals, service providers, and community members. Not only is the curriculum for DeafBlind individuals, but it is also beneficial for interpreters, Support Service Providers (SSPs), and service providers to learn as well.

  • Meher Banajee Named ASHA Fellow

    Louisiana LEND Faculty Alert with circle: Indian woman in red shirt with gray hair

    The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) has named Dr. Meher Banajee as an ASHA Fellow. Dr. Banajee is the director of the School of Allied Health Professions’ Speech-Language Pathology program and is also a faculty member of the LEND program at HDC.