January 30, 2016



Good Burgers for a Good Cause!

August 9th at Burgersmith

A portion of sales at this fun family-friendly fundraiser will go directly to Deaf Focus’ advocacy efforts for our Deaf & Hard of Hearing children’s access to Education, ASL, Deaf culture, Deaf history, proper mental health treatment as well as an opportunity for friends to see other friends, parents of deaf children to network with other parents with deaf children and competent deaf professionals.

This event is aimed at raising awareness about deafness, the beauty of American Sign Language and do away with misconceptions that the general public has about the deaf community. We look forward to seeing you there!

Run! Walk! Sign!


Our first annual 5K Run, Walk, Sign event was a great success!  Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, donations, and help with making sure this event was successful! We look forward to seeing you next year at our annual event on March 24th, 2018!

2nd Annual EatDrinkSign!

Ian Sanborn

What is Eat, Drink, Sign? Deaf Focus is excited to announce our second annual Eat, Drink, Sign event!  At this event, the deaf community takes over a restaurant and lets the hearing community experience what it is like to go to a restaurant and order their dinner in sign language.  This allows the hearing customers to become more familiar with the deaf community and learn some basic sign language.

Our 2nd Annual EatDrinkSign! on October 24th at the Pelican House in Baton Rouge was a success with 100 attendees.

Thank you all for your support! Pictures coming soon!

Annual Capitol City Crush Disc Golf

September 9th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.

Thank you for your support! See you all next year!

Pictures coming soon.


Kidz Kamp

Kidz Kamp is a weekend-long camp for children sponsored by I-LEEAD a local non-profit organization serving the needs of the Deaf Community. Kidz Kamp is geared for children ages 6 – 17 who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Hard of Hearing, or a Child of a Deaf Adult (CODA). Kidz Kamp aims to provide a safe, fun environment promoting socialization and bonding over common experiences, similar family, and cultural backgrounds. While Kidz Kamp is Deaf-friendly and majority staff are fluent in sign language, campers with minimal signing skills are welcomed as well! Most junior volunteers are previous campers and come from Deaf families. Kamp activities include swimming, water slide, zip line, team building obstacle course, games, campfires, and movie nights.

Kidz Kamp provides children a unique summer camp experience by helping to increase sense of identity and self-esteem. Although Kamp brings children from similar cultural backgrounds together to increase unity, it also connects children to the larger community and promotes developing relationships with others outside their family unit.

We cannot wait to see our returning campers next year at our 7th Annual Kidz Kamp!  See you next year!



Deaf Education Alliance

The Deaf Education Alliance (DEA) is a project of Deaf Focus.  We have a vision for all students, including those who are Deaf, Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing, to have equal access to education, utilizing appropriate resources (including qualified teachers, therapists, interpreters, transliterators and other qualified staff) to meet individual needs. We host an annual conference as well. A team leader is working with the team toward the vision of equal access to education for all students by uniting stakeholders in Deaf Education.


*Stay tuned for more information about the 2018 Deaf Education Alliance.


We are offering EIPA written exam and performance exam at Deaf Focus. Click here for the testing dates and information.

Interesting Facts about Educational Interpreting Certification

  • Many states require a certificate of competency using the EIPA in order to work as an educational interpreter. In Louisiana, an interpreter must have an EIPA score of at least 3.0 in order to provide interpreting services in the school setting. We are working to increase this requirement to 3.5 and higher.
  • EIPA is an assessment organization. Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) is the organization that grants certification (www.rid.org). The EIPA Diagnostic Center disseminates certificates indicating scores earned or tests passed. The certificate and report from EIPA confirms you have taken the tests and earned a specific level on those tests.
  • To be eligible to receive an Educational Interpreter Certification from RID you must have achieved the following:
    • Pass the EIPA Performance test with a score of 4.0 or higher,
    • Pass the EIPA Written Exam.
    • Satisfied RID’s educational requirements.

Find more information on http://www.classroominterpreting.org/EIPA/performance/certification.asp

  • Accurate and timely assessment of educational interpreters
  • Assessment of content knowledge needed to work in an educational setting
  • Information for school administrators, educators and parents regarding the role and function of educational interpreters and the need for competent services
  • Guidance to Departments of Education at both the federal and state levels regarding issues of educating deaf and hard of hearing students in inclusive settings

WRITTEN: The Written portion of the EIPA is taken on computer and is scheduled at specific times of the year.  Additional dates can be added with 4-6 weeks notice.  Schedule and prices can be found by clicking on  EIPA Writen above or on the PDF icon at the bottom of the page.

PERFORMANCE: Deaf Focus offers the EIPA Performance Exam the first Sunday of every month.  Requests for testing slots must be made 5 business days in advance of the testing date.  Contact the proctor (click below) for time slot availability or for alternate dates.  More information, including prices can be found by clicking EIPA Performance above or on the PDF link below.