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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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.