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March 25, 2024: Promoting Equity in Healthcare Interpreting Project (PEHI)

Are you a highly motivated ASL interpreter in Louisiana looking to develop or enhance your knowledge and skills to work effectively in healthcare settings?  If so, this project is for you! Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) is partnering with Idaho State for the Promoting Equity in Healthcare Interpreting Project (PEHI), a five-year Rehabilitation Services Administration grant-funded American Sign Language (ASL)/ English training. The purpose of the PEHI project is to advance opportunities for Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard-of-hearing patients to experience equitable healthcare by increasing the knowledge and effective communication skills of ASL/English interpreters.
 
Goals 
  • Train interpreters to become specialists in healthcare interpreting through skill enhancement
  • Increase interpreters’ healthcare-specific knowledge
  • Promote best practices for over-video interpreting in healthcare settings
This cohort will consist of a maximum of five (5) ASL interpreters participating in the nationwide effort to increase the quality and quantity of ASL interpreters in the healthcare field. This project begins on April 15, 2024, and ends on December 30, 2024
 
To learn more about the PEHI or to apply please visit the links below: 

 

November 3, 2023: Minimum Qualification Standards for Interpreters Working in Educational Settings

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf will host a public forum to share more information about the new minimum qualification standards for interpreters working in educational settings. 
Purpose of the Public Forum: 
-          LCD will provide an overview of the minimum standards
-          Allow answer public questions regarding the new standards for educational interpreters
-          LCD will provide information regarding next steps and continue to share communicate FAQs
 
Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 PM
 
To submit your questions or comments in advance, please fill out the Public Input form here. All submitted questions and comments will be anonymous. Please submit by Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
 
Register to participate in the Town Hall ZOOM Meeting here
To view FAQs, please view here.

ASL Interpreters and manual CART services will be provided! If you are requesting other accommodations, please contact Jazmyne Lemar via email at jazmyne.lemar@la.gov to submit your request as soon as possible.

September 1, 2023: DeafBlind Advisory Committee 

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf is establishing its first DeafBlind Advisory Committee. Our first course of action will be to identify and/or research needs/issues brought up by the DeafBlind community. The DeafBlind Advisory Committee has a responsibility to bring needs/issues to the forefront, along with recommendations for solutions to the LCD Board. 

  • Committee member terms begin in October and will consist of 7 members.
  • Meetings shall meet at a minimum of two times a year. (Additional objectives may need to be added to ensure productivity of sessions.)

Who is eligible to apply? 

  • No training is required, but you must have at least some experience in advocating for the DeafBlind community
  • Must be a Louisiana resident
  • Fill out the DeafBlind Advisory application and answer the questionnaire
  • Submit your application here and submit no later than October 1, 2023

DeafBlind Advisory Committee Application: please visit here 

To view DeafBlind Word Accessible Document, please visit here

August 18, 2023: Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health (HEIA) 

The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) is kicking off its Health Equity in Action (HEIA) Series on Thursday, August 24th at 12 pm with a webinar titled, “Health Equity and Social Determinants of Health:  How were they addressed during the pandemic?” The goal of HEIA is to increase understanding about health equity and equip people with tools for improving conditions where they were born, work, live, learn, worship, and age.
 
Each quarter, the Department will be hosting a master class, webinar, and in-person event on a specific topic. Click here to register for the August 24th  webinar.
Click here to view the flyer! 

July 10, 2023: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is accessible to individuals who are Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH). The accessible CERT training will prepare the DDBHH community to respond to an emergency in their area. Thank you to Volunteer Louisiana for collaborating with the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) to make the CERT training accessible. Special Thanks to the leader of the Louisiana DDBHH Disaster Survivors Support Network group (Brandy Bordelon) for their collaboration and the community network support!
Upcoming CERT training in Shreveport sponsored by Volunteer Louisiana and supported by Louisiana Commission for the Deaf. **Coffee, refreshments, lunch, and training materials provided**
The dates are
August 17th and August 18th at 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Location: Centenary College Campus
Smith Building, Kilpatrick Auditorium
2911 Centenary Blvd. Shreveport, LA 71104
Kilpatrick Auditorium is in the Smith Building located at the corner of Kings Hwy and Woodlawn Ave.
Sign up Link 
Please watch a video created by FEMA to learn more about the accessible CERT trainings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yt8x_BWAhrQ

June 14, 2023: Louisiana Commission for the Deaf's First Official Logo 

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf is pleased to announce a winner for our very first official logo! 

 

With the world around us ever-changing, we wanted to ensure we had a logo which accurately reflects our organization’s new mission, vision and values, and represents the d/Deaf, DeafBlind and hard of hearing community- it was a close fierce run before the final round of voting! 

 

We are excited to present to you, the brand new logo of LCD! 

 

Image Description: Opaque white background with "LCD" in lettering in black to symbolize formality and strength, and the middle is cut with "Louisiana Commission For The Deaf" in dark blue color font to emphasize trust. The signed handshape L-C-D in black is tucked inside right above the middle to show significant importance to our d/Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing community.

 

A special thank you to our Marketing and Communications Officer, Victoria Regueira, for her creativity with this project.

 

May 26, 2023: Proposed Amendments to Louisiana Commission for the Deaf Admin Code- Title 67, Chapter 3

This proposed rule intends to operationalize LCD statute RS 46: 2351-2355 and will reenact and amend certain sections of Chapter 3 (Commission for the Deaf) of Title 67-Social Services- of the Louisiana Administrative Code. This proposed Rule repeals Sections 311-333 of Chapter 3 of Title 67 and adopts and amends Sections 302-309. Please see the below timeline.
 
  • The Notice of Intent (attached) was published in the May 20, 2023 Louisiana Register
  • Any public comments regarding the revisions must be received no later than June 8, 2023;
    • Interested persons may submit written comments on the proposed rule. Such comments must be received no later than Thursday, June 8, 2023, at COB, 4:30 p.m., and should be addressed to Susan Bailey, Director of the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, 7273 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806.
  • A public hearing will be held on June 26, 2023, if one is requested and meets requirements of R.S. 49:963(A)(2)(a);
    • Interested persons may submit a written request to conduct a public hearing either by U.S. mail to the Office of the Secretary ATTN: LOH Rulemaking Coordinator, Post
      Office Box 629, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629
      ; however, such request must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 8, 2023. If the criteria set forth in R.S. 49:953{A)(2)(a) are satisfied, LOH will conduct a public hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, June 26, 2023, in Room 118 of the Bienville Building, which is located at 628 North Fourth Street, Baton Rouge, LA. To confirm whether or not a public hearing will be held, interested persons should first call Allen Enger at (225) 342- 1342 after Thursday, June 8, 2023. If a public hearing is to be held, all interested persons are invited to attend and present data, views, comments, or arguments, orally or in writing.
  • July 10, 2023, a Second Oversight Report is due;
  • August 20, 2023 publication of Final Rule in the Louisiana Register.
 
The information above is the most rapid timeline – if there are no public comments or if the NOI is not revised per public comments and if there is no comment from Oversight Committees.
 
To read the proposed rule revisions/amendments, please click here 

May 26, 2023: LD2 Program Announcement  

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The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD), is excited to announce that a group of individuals has been selected to participate in the first-ever cohort of the Louisiana Deaf Leadership Development Program (LD2). This program has been designed to provide our Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing participants with the necessary resources, network, and support to enhance their leadership skills and make an even greater impact on the Louisiana community.
The LD2 Program, a ten-month program, will be led by Innivee Strategies, a Deaf-led organizational and leadership development company. Our selected cohort of participants comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, and we are excited to see the positive impact they will have on our community as they continue to grow and develop as leaders.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the applicants for showing interest in the LD2 program. We are limited on how many can participate this year, however, we are hopeful that this will be the first of many more opportunities to come.
We encourage you to stay connected with LCD and receive updates about LD2 through our social media platforms and our website.
Please join us in celebrating and congratulating Louisiana’s first LD2 cohort in 2023!
Link: https://youtu.be/JQH9mybvBgg

April 25, 2023: LCD Public Meeting Comments 

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) held a public meeting on April 21, 2023, from 9:00AM – 1:00PM. To help the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) ensure the Public Meetings are fully accessible,  please share your experience by completing this form. Your feedback is valued as we strive to ensure LCD Public Meetings are accessible to all attendees. 

 

Please click on the hyperlink below to share your experience.

 

LCD Public Meeting Accessibility Comment Form

 

April 6, 2023: LCD Launches First Louisiana Deaf Leadership Development Program

Click the image below to view the following information in American Sign Language

 

Message from Jana Broussard, Interim Executive Director for the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf:

Hello! On behalf of the Louisiana Commission on the Deaf (LCD), I am thrilled to announce LCD’s first Louisiana Deaf Leadership Development Program (LD2P)! This program seeks to connect, inspire, and empower Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Louisianans. Through Deaf-centric, transformative programming, LD2P will equip participants with the resources, network, and support to build on their skills as they continue to dive deeper into their leadership experience and impact on the Louisiana community.

Facilitated by Innivee Strategies, a Deaf-led organizational and leadership development company, LD2P is a cohort-based program intended for Deaf people who are relatively early on in their leadership journey. This 10-month program will bring together a cohort of 10-12 peers. As the first LCD Leadership Development program, YOU have an opportunity to contribute to this significant first step, as well as become a role model to other Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing participants who seek to become leaders, too!

Message from Shane Feldman, CEO of Innivee Strategies:

We are excited to support this important project and the overall advancement of Deaf leadership within the State of Louisiana. We have seen significant progress in Louisiana thanks to the work of LCD and other Deaf-related advocacy organizations, and we look forward to continuing this transformation through the LD2P Program.

This program’s goal is to collaborate with leaders to transform the Deaf community to become strong leaders in their state. If you are an emerging leader with several years of leadership experience, whether at work, in a volunteer role, or in sports, we hope you will apply!

To express interest in the program, please visit the link below. We are accepting applications until 11:59 pm CST on Friday, April 21.

Please click here for more information and to apply for this great program! 

Feel free to share with any Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing individuals in Louisiana you believe would be interested in participating.

March 21, 2023: LCD's Town hall Zoom Webinar

LCD, along with Innivee Strategies will host a virtual Public Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 2023 from 6:00PM - 8:00PM CST to discuss the latest development of LCD’s Interpreter Needs Assessment Report
This is an open forum discussion, all are welcome!
To submit your question or comments in advance, please fill out the form: https://forms.gle/G46XLFVquoc6KJLe8
All submitted questions and comments will be anonymous. Please submit by Monday, March 27, 2023.
Register to participate in the Town Hall ZOOM Webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_SAGIRTLTSnyj1MK_B2MsXQ
ASL Interpreters will be provided! If you are requesting other accommodations, please contact Jazmyne Lemar via email at jazmyne.lemar@la.gov to submit your request.
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March 10, 2023: LCD's Interpreter Assessment Report 

The  Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) Interpreter Needs Assessment report has been published!  This report was a compilation of a 6 month effort to better understand the current state of sign language interpreters and the services provided in Louisiana.  This project was one step toward the LCD’s 2022-2024 strategic plan goals that states, “LCD will establish new systems and standards for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreting which define, describe, and incentivize new expectations for and oversight of the quality of ASL interpreters, including those in educational settings.”  

Innivee Strategies, Inc.  produced this comprehensive Interpreter Needs Assessment report on behalf of LCD. 

Click here to read the full Interpreter Needs Assessment report

Please click the image below to view a summarized version of the report in American Sign Language: The summarized written report can be viewed here  

 

LCD will host a public town hall meeting soon with interested constituents to be able to answer questions regarding the report, and better understand LCD’s next steps for implementing interpreting standards. Stay tuned for more information regarding the Interpreter Needs Assessment Public Town Hall meeting. 

 

March 1, 2023: LCD Interpreter Registry 

Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD), is excited to announce its latest development of a public-facingstatewide American Sign Language Interpreter Registry in an effort to provide an easily accessible, centralized platform to identify and locate interpreters in your area!
 
We are inviting all Interpreters to join the registry by completing the application process and creating your own personal account online. Once the application has been successfully submitted, an LCD administrative staff will review and process your application.
 
LCD is encouraging all interpreters regardless of your availability status to join the growing roster of Registered Interpreters in Louisiana. We are kindly requesting consumers, providers, and interpreters to bear with us as we grow the list of interpreters in the state of Louisiana.

November 10, 2022: Louisiana Special School District is seeking for a new Superintendent (UPDATE: JOB IS NOW CLOSED AND HAS BEEN FILLED) 

The @Louisiana Special School District is searching for a new Superintendent! Learn more about the job and apply at https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=special+school+district&l=Baton+Rouge%2C+LA&from=searchOnHP&vjk=66125fb9390e68ec

 

 

October 01, 2022: LCD Interpreter Assessment Survey

Are you a Deaf, DeafBlind, or Hard of Hearing person who uses ASL interpreters, an ASL interpreter, or an interpreting agency representative? Does your organization or company request or work with ASL interpreters? Then please take our survey!

 

SURVEY LINK: https://connect.innivee.com/fh86nrgpc

 

This survey is led by Innivee Strategies, Inc. in collaboration with Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD). Our goal is to gather information about your experience and perspectives on what is currently available in Louisiana, and the changes you want to see within the state’s ASL interpreting profession.  This is part of an on-going effort as part of LCD’s strategic plan, and a continuation of several community focus groups held recently. 

 

Your input is important! All responses will be kept confidential. Please take 20-30 minutes to complete this survey by the deadline of October 31, 2022.

 

August 16, 2022: Statewide Interpreter Policy and Programming Manager

*****UPDATE: POSITION HAS BEEN FILLED******

La Commission for the Deaf is seeking a “Statewide Interpreter Policy and Programming Manager”, responsible for but not limited to, the following:

  •  Management and oversight of statewide interpreting standards and accessibility services in Louisiana for individuals who are d/Deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing. This includes the development and coordination of a statewide program to standardize minimum qualifications and oversight for interpreters working in Louisiana
  • The development and management of technical guidelines and administrative functions of the LCD online interpreter registry
  • Establish objectives for the training, recruitment, and retention of the Louisiana interpreter workforce.  

 

To learn more about this position, its requirements, and to apply, please visit the link below.

https://www.indeed.com/job/statewide-interpreter-policy-and-programming-manager-52fd455572f00c13 

 

July 25, 2022: RFI for Region 9 (Northshore Area)

*******UPDATE: LIGHTHOUSE IS NOW SERVING REGION 9******

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf is releasing a Request for Information (RFI) seeking potential contractors who may be able to function as Regional Service Center to provide direct services for Interpreting, Telecommunication, and Hearing Aids  programs in Louisiana, Region 9 (Northshore area).  Please visit https://wwwcfprd.doa.louisiana.gov/osp/lapac/dspBid.cfm?search=bidno&term=+3000019500+ to read more about services and information required.

 

NOTE: This Request for Information (RFI) is solely for information and planning purposes and does not constitute a solicitation. This information will be reviewed and discussed by the state agency and may result in the advertisement of a formal and competitive Request for Proposal for any or all of the services included in the RFI.

Only information which is in the nature of legitimate trade secrets or non-published financial data may be deemed proprietary or confidential. Any material within a response to this RFI identified as such must be clearly marked and will be handled in accordance with the Louisiana Public Records Act. R.S. 44:1-44 and applicable rules and regulations. Any response marked as confidential or proprietary in its entirety may be rejected without further consideration or recourse

 

July 5, 2022: Update on SB 28 Bill is now recognized as ACT 128

On February 28 of this year, the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf with Senator Hewitt proposed a bill SB98 that was signed into ACT by our Louisiana Governor John Edwards on July 5, 2022 and is now recognized as Act 128. This bill is to clarify legislative intent for the commission, includes trade definitions, and promotes further inclusively within the La Commission for the Deaf. This measure would add a board member who is DeafBlind to the commission. This position would be held by the executive director of the governors office of disability affairs, or their designee. Board members receive no salary but are reimbursed for travel and expenses incurred during the performance of their duties. 

Little fun fact about this day: After signing the bill, our Governer took his time to finger-spelled his name (John) in American Sign Language. Also, the LCD interim director (Jana Broussard) gets to keep the pen that was signed on this specific Act by our governor. 

Day of signing by our governor, John Edwards with LCD and the committee. 

Photo from below: (From left to the right) Shane Bates, Amy Shamburger, Jana Broussard, Jimmy Gore, Dr. Heather Laine, Jay Isch, Jordan (LDOE), and Jazymyne Lemar. 

 

 

To learn more about Act 198, click here

Huge thanks to our Senator Hewitt for her dedication and hardwork to make this happen! 

 

July 1, 2022: Request for Proposal Update (ABL)

LCD submitted a Request for Proposal (RFP) #3000017865 to obtain competitive proposals from qualified proposers to provide high-quality services for the statewide Support Service Provider (SSP) Program. The LCD intends to award a single contract to Affiliated Blind of Louisiana in Lafayette.  These services begin on or around July 1, 2022 and will remain in effect until June 30, 2025. To learn more about ABL, please visit their website at https://www.affiliatedblind.org/

 

May 27, 2022: Statewide ASL/English Interpreting Needs Assessment

The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf and Innivee Strategies have launched a statewide ASL/English interpreting needs assessment project! 

Our goal is to gather data and input from the community that will support LCD, the Louisiana Deaf and interpreting communities, and Louisiana government officials and legislators in making fully informed decisions on where and how to improve interpreting standards. Please watch video below and be on the lookout for more information coming this summer!



 

March 31, 2022: LCD Board Proposes Revisions to RS:46:2351-2356

Act 629 of the 1980 Louisiana Legislative Session established the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf to provide programs and services and to improve communication access to individuals who are D/deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing. Since then, there have been many improvements for individuals who are D/deaf, DeafBlind, and hard of hearing - including the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990. As such, certain areas of LCD’s historical responsibilities warranted revision in order to support effective implementation of ADA requirements. 

Since 2019, LCD Board members, staff, and Dept. of Health leaders have worked to identify needed changes. On February 28 of this year, Senator Sharon Hewitt (R-District 1) filed Senate Bill 98 (SB 98) to propose these recommended amendements during the 2022 Regular Session. The bill aims to: eliminate reference to services that no longer exist or are no longer under LCD purview; clarify authority surrounding Louisiana American Sign Language Interpreter workforce; and expand LCD's ability to adapt services through rulemaking.

Click here to read the full text of the bill and follow its progress through the Louisiana legislative process.

 

February 1, 2022: Northshore Regional Service Center Permanently Closed

CCGroup Foundation, the Regional Service Center providing LCD services in the Northshore area, has permanently closed. Lighthouse Louisiana will temporarily provide services for this area to ensure there is not an interruption in services.

If you live in the Northshore area and are in need of assistance, please contact Lighthouse Louisiana at (225) 275-1200 or email them at deafservices@lighthouselouisiana.org. A representative will be in the Hammond area once a week to meet with people, so all appointments must be made in advance. We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

October 8, 2021: Request for Proposals

Support Service Provider (SSP) Program
(An advertisement in American Sign Language can be found here. Please note, the RPF number in the ASL version is incorrect. The correct number is listed below in the English text version. We apologize for any inconvenience)
 
RFP# 3000017865 
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), Office of Public Health (OPH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH), Louisiana Commission for the Deaf (LCD) hereby issues Request for Proposal (RFP) #3000017865 to obtain competitive proposals from qualified proposers who are interested in providing high-quality healthcare services for the statewide Support Service Provider (SSP) Program. The LCD intends to award a single contract to provide SSP services to people who are DeafBlind in the State of Louisiana. A Contract is necessary to inform DeafBlind individuals in Louisiana of the SSP services available, coordinate the provision of high quality services through SSPs trained to work one-on-one with DeafBlind individuals, and to inform the continued development and improvement of the SSP program in collaboration with LCD. 

The full text RFP - including any addenums since the initial posting - is available through the Louisiana Procurement & Contract Network (LaPAC) and the Louisiana Department of Health.
 
 
 
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