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National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)

In accordance with the National Voter Registration Act, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) will help people who are D/deaf, DeafBlind, hard of hearing, and those with speech disorders register to vote. Contact your local Regional Service Center to get help registering to vote. 

 

Telephone & Video Relay Services 

Telephone Relay Services are provided for anyone who has a Text Telephone/Teletypewriter (TTY) or similar text device. The user can call the number below to connect to a communication assistant through a Relay Service. The Relay Service assistant receives the message, and sends it to the intended recipient using either text or voice to "relay" the conversation. The call can start with text and be relayed via voice, or vice versa.

  • TTY (Text) Relay Service: (800) 846-5277
  • Voice Relay Services: (800) 947-5277 

 

Video Relay Services (VRS) allow people who are D/deaf to communicate using American Sign Language by connecting via camera to a certified American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter. The interpreter joins the conversation and translates between ASL and spoken language for both participants. The call can be started by a hearing person or someone who is D/deaf. If you are a hearing person calling a D/deaf person, just dial the number of the person you are calling and you will automatically be connected to a video interpreter if the D/deaf person has video phone capabilities. If you are a D/deaf person in need of a video phone, please contact one of the call centers listed below:

  • Convo VP: (510) 629-5622
  • Purple VP: (877) 467-4877
  • Sorenson VP: (801) 287-9403
  • ZVRS VP: English (866) 932-7891

 

National Resources

Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths & Adults (HKNC) Regional Center
Tools and resources for people who are DeafBlind to help them live, work and thrive in the communities of their choice.

 

DeafLEAD
A non-profit agency that provides 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, interpreting and mental health services to D/deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened individuals and their families. DeafLEAD is designed to help individuals who are victims of crimes and their families, but it also provides support to individuals, agencies, and organizations providing victim services to individuals with a hearing loss.

  • 24 Hour Crisis Line: (321) 800-3323

 

Gallaudet University Regional Center
The premier institution of learning, teaching and research for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. 

 

State Resources

Louisiana Association of the Deaf (LAD)
The oldest and largest consumer organization of the Deaf and hard of hearing in the state of Louisiana. LAD advocates for the educational, economic, and social well-being of deaf and hard of hearing people. 

 

Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Professional organization designed to further the profession of interpretation of American Sign Language and English and the transliteration of English. The website provides information, resources, and education and training opportunities for interpreters. 

 

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Helps people with disabilities obtain or maintain employment and achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working in collaboration with businesses and other community organizations. 

 

Louisiana Hands and Voices
A non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families and their children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing, as well as the professionals who serve them.

 

Parent Pupil Education Program 
A free statewide outreach program for families with children who are diagnosed as D/deaf or hard of hearing or visually impaired or blind.

 

Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) Program
State program which works to ensure all children who are D/deaf or hard of hearing can effectively communicate and develop the language skills they need to learn, grow and thrive.

 

Louisiana Department of Education: Louisiana Believes
Provides guidance and resources for families, educators and administrators to help students with disabilities reach their full academic potential.


Louisiana School for the Deaf
The Louisiana School for the Deaf serves approximately 400 D/deaf or hard of hearing children and their families, making them one of the major schools for the D/deaf in the nation. Visit the website to view teacher and class web pages, read information about various Outreach and Support Services, and find employment opportunities 

 

Louisiana DeafBlind Project | LSU Human Development Center
Provides information on DeafBlindness, including effective strategies to support children and youth with who are D/deaf or hard of hearing or have low vision/vision loss. The program also provides family support, webinars, training, and technical assistance.

 

 

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