Deaf Focus works to provide Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind people equal, immediate and universal access to resources, community services, and events. We understand that to be Deaf is to be a part of a vibrant culture and language-rich community that needs to be preserved, shared and appreciated. Our mission is to fill gaps in the community by providing services such as:
- Community – Advocating and educating the community through resources such as life transition assistance, job training, and career support.
- Communication– Providing quality sign language interpreting, American Sign Language classes, and communication intervention.
- Counseling– Offering comprehensive clinical, cultural, and linguistic intervention services to individuals, children, families, and professionals through our licensed therapists.
We support those who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing clients and need assistance in overcoming communication barriers and accessing community resources. Deaf Focus staff works through our intake process to determine your individual needs and goals. Our agency is unique in that we are the only community agency in Louisiana specialized in serving people who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing though such a wide array of services. As several of our staff are Deaf, we can provide first-hand knowledge for information on Deafness, sign language and other communication methods . We also coordinate with other agencies to ensure appropriate referrals are made in the event Deaf Focus is not able to meet individual needs. We provide workshops, information, and resources related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as educational professional development.
Deaf Focus provides sign language interpreting through a network of over 30 qualified sign language interpreters. We also provide advocacy services, communication support, and consultation to employers.
Deaf Focus works to not only address the communication needs of the community by providing professional interpreting services, but by also providing learning opportunities including educating the public on communication access rights and responsibilities and importance of effective communication. We offer sign language classes, and continuing education to our interpreters such as workshops and mentoring as well.
Counseling services at Deaf Focus, are provided by professional licensed therapists. We specialize in working with Deaf people and their families and children with behavior needs.
Psychotherapy services are reimbursable by many insurance plans. We are a provider for several Louisiana Behavioral Health plans, as well as Medicare, Medicaid and several private insurance plans.
The department also offers a limited number of pro bono and sliding scale slots. Direct payment is also accepted.
EVENTS: Deaf Focus develops and organizes community events and activities such as Kidz Kamp for Deaf children, children of Deaf parents, those who have deafness in their family, and children who would like to learn more about Deaf culture. Other events we host annually include: EatDrinkSign, RunWalkSign, and the Deaf Education Alliance Summit. The Kingfish Disc Golf , a Baton Rouge disc golf club, hosts the annual Capital City Crush each Fall to support Deaf Focus. Each of these events provide fun social opportunities to bring the Deaf and Hearing communities together!
ASL CLASSES: Deaf Focus offers American Sign Language classes for those interested in learning a second language or improving their signing skills. Classes are provided several times a year. Our courses range in skill level from beginner to intermediate. Classes typically are for individuals age 15 years and older; however, we occasionally offer classes for children, too. Check the EVENTS tab for more information about upcoming ASL classes.
DRIVER EDUCATION: Deaf Focus works with Mom's Driving Academy to provide accessible driving instruction, including courses, behind the wheel instruction and testing.
JOB ASSISTANCE: For more information about supported employment, job training and job placement, contact Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, 225-295-8900.
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