Standing frames, also known as standing technology or standing devices, are an assistive technology that can be used by a person who relies on a wheelchair for mobility. The standing frame supports the individual in a standing position. The use of the device promotes a better quality of life for those living with paralysis. Benefits include improved respiratory function, blood pressure, and circulation, as well as increased muscle strength.
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN) is excited to announce a new program, Stand Up, Louisiana! Stand Up, Louisiana allows people of all ages living with paralysis to learn more about standing frames by providing standers on a temporary basis. If there is an interest in keeping the stander after the trial period, then LATAN will assist in securing permanent ownership.
On average, standing frame costs can range from $2,000 to $8,000 and are often not covered by health insurance. LATAN is removing that cost barrier with the Stand Up, Louisiana program with the hopes of offering not only trial access, but ownership. LATAN is removing that barrier with the Stand Up, Louisiana program with the hopes of offering not only trial access, but ownership.
We can provide demonstrations, training, and technical assistance to users, family members, caregivers, and rehabilitation professionals.
Stand Up, Louisiana is supported by a grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation.Contact Tiffany Johnlouis or Cynthia Cox for more information and to request referral forms. You can fill out our online form, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at 800-270-6185.
Join us for a live stream of The Feeling Through Experience – the groundbreaking screening event featuring the first film to star a DeafBlind actor. It will be followed by the documentary that describes how the film came to be made and a live panel discussion where the audience can ask questions and share their impressions. Mark your calendars for an excitng event! This is part of the Florida Film Festival. Please share and register to be part of this event!
Thanks so much and hope to see you Thursday!
Florida and Virgin Islands Deaf-Blind Collaborative
Date: Thursday, August 13
Time: 4pm – 6pm PT/7pm- 9pm ET Sign up for your FREE e-ticket at feelingthrough.com/register
This survey is being sent on behalf of the Special School District (SSD) to learn more about the experiences of individuals who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing with varying vision levels (usher syndrome, low vision, etc), to help us gather information and improve services for students. Please watch this video in ASL for more information, https://youtu.be/kaCLpZzwtaI.
Here is the link to the survey, https://bit.ly/3ijGL14. Thank you for your participation.
Natasha Aymami, MA, COMS, NIC, Ed:K-12
The Montana Deaf-Blind Project will be hosting two webinars on communication competencies with Philip Schweigert this August! Please view the details and registration information at this link: https://conta.cc/3gIHlo2 and/or on the attached flier. This is a FREE opportunity that you are welcome to share.
Please see the attached flyer for information about a research opportunity for parents/guardians of individuals with CHARGE syndrome.
|Providing English learners—and all students—with examples of how to do learning tasks is particularly useful during distance learning.|
Hamilton Relay’s Deaf Community Leader Award is currently looking for nominations! Help me to make sure that the Deaf leaders in your community get recognized for their hard work and achievements!
Have a wonderful day,
T. Bobbye Abney | LA Outreach Coordinator | Hamilton Relay
New Research Project about Black Deaf Students and Black Students with Disabilities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Lisa Stapleton, Associate Professor at the Department of Deaf Studies at California State University Northridge, is conducting a research project on the experiences of Black Deaf students and Black students with disabilities at historically Black colleges and universities. Please see the attached flyer. To participate in the study, please contact Dr. Stapleton at email@example.com. All interview recordings will be kept private.
In the July 2 issue of Edutopia Newsletter, Assistant Editor Emelina Minero examines some examples of how various schools in various states are prioritizing inclusion of students with disabilities in all aspects of school life.
In recognition of the achievements of people who are deaf-blind, the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) celebrates the third week in June as “Helen Keller Deaf-Blind Awareness Week. The theme this year is DEAF-BLIND. AND THRIVING.
See the Helen Keller National Center website for a complete list of calendar events:
The Facebook Page also has exclusive Facebook-only events:
Linda Alsop: The Cogswell-Macy Act: Training Teachers of the Deafblind and Deafblind Interveners
In addition to the HKNC event above, HDC and AUCD are celebrating Deafblind Awareness Week with a virtual guest speaker. Please consider joining us via Zoom as we present Linda Alsop of Utah State University, who will talk about the Cogswell-Macy Act and the requirements for training teachers of deafblind students as well as deafblind interveners.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM CDT
Deafblind International is offering a series of live-streaming webinars June 22-26. Information and Registration for Deafblind Webinars, June 22-26
Research shows that breaks can provide more than rest. Use them to boost creativity, cognitive function, and social skills.
From Edutopia Newsletter, May 15, 2020:
Research shows that periodic breaks throughout the day don’t just provide valuable downtime—they also boost productivity while giving students opportunities to develop their creativity and social skills.
In fact, breaks are a key part of learning, helping students process what they’ve learned by consolidating memories and making connections to other ideas.
Physical activity breaks—such as a short exercise break in the classroom or during recess—also reduce stress and increase blood flow and oxygenation to the brain, helping to keep students’ brains sharp, healthy, and active.
To learn more and for links to the research, check out our article, Research-Tested Benefits of Breaks.
The National Federation of the Blind’s Braille Enrichment for Literacy and Learning (BELL) Academy In-Home Addition mobilizes students, parents, and mentors to provide meaningful and enjoyable learning opportunities surrounding Braille literacy—an indispensable skill for success and independence. While the first session of this innovative initiative is at capacity, there is still room in the other two sessions. Please see the attached flyer for additional information about how your student may register to participate.
The Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-blind Youths and Adults is offering FREE online courses for professionals who work with individuals who are deaf-blind. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the period for which the courses are offered free of charge has been extended until August 31, 2020. The full list of courses is available on the HKNC Web site.
In addition, HKNC is updating its database, including its agency contacts. If you sign up for classes, HKNC can update your information at the same time. If you are not interested in classes but would nonetheless like to update your data, please email Brenda Baroncelli at Brenda.Baroncelli@hknc.org with the following information:
- Agency name
- Agency Address
- Office phone number
- Fax number
- Videophone (VP) number
- Mobile phone number
- E-mail address
- Web site
- Would you like to receive the HKNC CONNECT newsletter? (yes/no)
Please see the attached flyer for the May schedule and registration links of Free Deaf-Blind Webinar Trainings, brought to you in collaboration with Helen Keller National Center, and the Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Tennessee Deaf-Blind Projects
From The New Yorker By Robin Wright
This story draws attention to the issues and challenges deaf-blind people face during the Covid-19 pandemic.
From the Paths to Literacy Newsletter by the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts:
Playing with Words is a collaborative approach to play-based storytelling with students who are blind or visually impaired who have additional disabilities, including those who are autistic or deafblind. Co-creating stories is focused on the process, rather than the product. That is, it focuses on expanding language and communication, self-determination, self-regulation, and creativity rather than a perfectly composed story. The adult is a support, rather than an authority, building on student interests and using props to expand playful exploration and expression.
We invite you to explore this newly launched microsite on Paths to Literacy, which is full of video examples, activity ideas, and other resources needed to implement this approach from Speech Language Pathologist Linda Hagood.
The NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision at Mississippi State University is looking for parents of deaf-blind youth to field test their new app “4to24”. This app is designed specifically for parents or caretakers of children and youth between the ages of 4 – 24 years old who are deaf-blind or have combined visual and hearing impairment, to help focus on building skills for communication, independent living, and preparing for employment starting from an early age. The field test will involve creating an account in the app, using the app features for six months, and completing a series of surveys. If you’re interested in becoming a field tester for the app and participating in our study, please fill out the information form at this link: https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UxsxJJxeCPqXGJ. For assistance or more information, contact Anne Steverson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Karla Antonelli (email@example.com).
Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) is pleased to announce the following peer collaborative virtual learning opportunities offered through ZOOM video conferencing. These support groups and/or active discussions are designed to cover a variety of topics with input from the participants at no cost. Group classes will start the week of April 20, 2020. Come join former HKNC students in an ongoing dialogue to share perspectives, experiences, and to support each other during this challenging time. Classes will be 4-8 weeks long depending on the group, to strengthen your knowledge and skills. For more information: https://www.helenkeller.org/hknc/peer-learning-groups
Participants are welcome to join by phone or video. The ZOOM link and call-in number will be provided when you register with Laura Benge, HKNC Regional Representative.
You can email Laura at Laura.Benge@hknc.org with the subject line: “Virtual Classes”. Alternatively, you may call her at:
Voice: (801) 518-9401
VP: (385) 355-8392
Families-to-Families Community Project (F2FC): Connecting Families of Individuals with Deaf-blindness during the COVID-19 Pandemic
The Family-to-Family Communities Project (F2FC) will be having virtual drop-in meetings for Parents, Guardians, and other Family Members of Individuals with Deaf-Blindness to connect with others who understand their unique perspective in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic. Any family member of an individual with deaf-blindness is welcome to participate. You do not need to be previously registered with F2FC. F2FC is a collaborative project sponsored by State Deaf-Blind Projects, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind.
Nicole Williams of Families Helping Families NOLA is asking urgently for parents of children with special needs to sign up for this webinar happening 1 PM TODAY.
The Human Development Center’s Louisiana Deafblind Project, in collaboration with other states and the Helen Keller Institute, is providing free online training throughout the month of April to families and professionals who work with students who are deaf-blind. The trainings offer a variety of topics and address both general information and specific topics regarding deafblindness. For dates and registrations see the attached flyer.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting Segment on Louisiana Acadians, Founder Population, and Congenital Hearing Loss
The Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth is housed within the Human Development Center on the LSU Health Sciences Center campus in New Orleans. Researchers and clinicians within the Health Sciences Center have, for many years, recognized the importance of studying the Louisiana Acadians as a genetic founder population. This public television segment highlights some of the recent collaboration between the Department of Genetics and the Louisiana Deafblind Project. https://youtu.be/D5PNE4jWAnA?list=PL7YPMkCACwzzivZ68e9WVeYouyRQJhPKs&t=1292
The Rochester Institute of Technology is offering a research program in Multimessenger Astrophysics, a newly developing discipline of astrophysics that combines gravitational wave astronomy and data analysis, scientific computing, and observational astronomy. Building upon its links to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, including one faculty mentor who resides there, RIT aims to include at least two deaf and hard-of-hearing students among each year’s cohort of ten students. The program will last 10 weeks, from May 26 to August 1, and students will be provided with a $6000 stipend.
Please see attached for information on Louisiana’s NFB BELL Academy—geared for students ages 4-12. Wishing each of you a great afternoon!
The National Cued Speech Association is offering upcoming classes in the New Orleans area. Additional classes and information available at cuedspeech.org
See the attached flyers for upcoming training opportunities and youth programs at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults in Sands Point, Long Island, NY. For additional information, contact your region representative, which for Louisiana is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Offered at Southeastern Louisiana University – Department of Teaching & Learning
For more information contact:
- Dr. Colleen Klein-Ezell, Department Head, email@example.com or (985) 549-2221
- Dr. Gerlinde Beckers firstname.lastname@example.org or (985) 549-3030
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.
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/
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
Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning
Click here for article. (published by the Paths to Literacy project)
A study reveals students prefer low-effort learning strategies—like listening to lectures—despite doing better with active learning.
The Mississippi Hearing and Vision Project is presenting their Transition Institute in Jackson, Mississippi, June 25-28, 2020.
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.
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.
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.
- K-2nd grade
- 3rd grade-5th grade
- 6th grade-8th grade
- 9th grade-12th grade
“Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.” —Yevgeny Yevtushenko
On Monday, October 21, the Urban League of Louisiana is meeting at its headquarters to participate in a stakeholder focus group on SEAD: Social/Emotional/Academic Development. The Urban League wants to know your opinions on the latest SEAD recommendations.
WHEN: Monday, October 21, 2019, 3:00-5:00 PM
Urban League of Louisiana Headquarters
4640 S Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Your Voice Matters! Official Flyer
Dr. Michael Norman of HDC has just been awarded a $1M grant for providing Interprofessional Preparation for Related Services Personnel over a five-year period. The goal of the program is to augment the training of graduate students in audiology, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, and occupational therapy using interprofessional collaborative practices in educational settings. Using shared coursework, group assignments, and coordinated field experiences, four cohorts of ten each (40 total) graduate students will become prepared to assume primary and leadership roles in the identification, evaluation, and management of students with disabilities requiring high-intensity intervention and supports. Coursework curriculum, seminars, and consultation experiences will be vetted, supervised, and evaluated by LSU HSC discipline-specific faculty, including Kelly Alig, Ph.D., Head, LSU HSC Department of Occupational Therapy; Meher Banajee, Ph.D., Program Director, LSUHSC Department of Communication Disorders; Jane Eason, Ph.D., Head, LSU HSC Department of Physical Therapy; and Annette Hurley-Larmeu, Ph.D., Head, LSU HSC Department of Audiology.
Join a historic trip to Tuscumbia & Huntsville, Alabama for the 140th Anniversary of Birthplace of Helen Keller and NASA Space Center. Arranged by the Louisiana Helen Keller DeafBlind Awareness committee.
When: Friday, June 26th, 2020 to Sunday, June 28th, 2020
Cost: Only $30.00 each to reserve a seat for a round-trip 56-passenger chartered coach bus (Limited Space – First Come, First 56 Paid)
Click here for more information on Events/Trip Iternary/Schedules
If interested, please contact Dan Arabie, chair of 2020 LA HKDBA, LSUCajunDan@gmail.com
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’ 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.
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.
8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips
New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.
Read more: 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips
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
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.
Where Am I Going, and How Do I Get There? Transition Planning for Students with Significant Disabilities
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. http://www.uno.edu/trac/contact
HOW: Register via email. email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
Please read the attached article from the National Center for the Deaf to learn more:
Take a look at the programs offered by the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) in 2019!
If 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by phone at 504-556-3455.
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.