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

The PAY Check Program: A Pathway of Quality Services

The Human Development Center’s Post-Secondary Apprenticeship for Youth (PAY Check) provides transition services for young adults with disabilities by providing comprehensive pathways to quality employment.

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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

TimeDescription
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.

Louisiana LEND is now accepting applications

Strong leadership influences change in systems like Healthcare, Education, and Public Policy. To become a better informed professional, you need interdisciplinary skills and community-based learning. To transform society as we know it, you must be an effective advocate and leader.

Apply to Louisiana LEND now to acquire these skills! Deadline to apply is April 25, 2022! Click the button below that best describes you.

Please know that LEND is a stipend program that financially compensates you for your time and participation. Registration and travel to the national AUCD conference in Washington, D.C. is also covered when participating in the program.

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Register for the Interprofessional Preparation Program

Teacher and young student fist bump in the classroom.
Teacher and young student fist bump in the classroom.

Are you a graduate student in the Allied Health Professions and considering work in a school system after graduating? Get acquainted with this unique environment by participating in the Interprofessional Preparation Program.

Deadline to apply is May 31st. Please complete the application packet online.

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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.

HDC Spotlight: Family-Centered Values at the ASDID Clinic

The Human Development Center is committed to increasing access to quality services for underserved families. One such way is through the Autism Spectrum Disorders Interdisciplinary Diagnostic (ASDID) clinic, which provides outstanding services to families of children suspected of having Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). As an interdisciplinary clinic, the ASDID team consists of the family and professionals from different disciplines who work together to engage in best practices for ruling in/ruling out an ASD diagnosis. The ASDID clinic also provides recommendations for services and support for families who have children with a confirmed diagnosis of ASD.

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