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5th Annual Deaf Education Alliance

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Deaf Education Alliance, a project of Deaf Focus, will be hosting its 5th Annual Deaf Education Summit on February 1-2, 2019 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The main focus of this Summit will be in Early Childhood Development. CEU’s provided.

Deaf Education Alliance's Summit is the only conference in Louisiana that provides education and networking specific to the needs of students who are Deaf, Deafblind, and Hard of Hearing (DDBHH); bringing together national and local presenters to share information with Louisiana stakeholders. We are inviting parents, teachers, school administrators, psychologists, early intervention service specialists, mentors, social workers, audiologists, speech therapists, deaf education professionals, interpreters, and members of the DDBHH community. #2019DEASummit

Early Bird Rates in effect until January 20th at midnight!

Interested in sponsoring this event??

We are offering space for exhibit booths too!

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7:00 AM07:00

Dash For Kids/RunWalkSign! 5K


Introducing the first-ever partnership event between two non-profit organizations serving the Deaf, the Louisiana School for the Deaf Foundation (LSDF) and Deaf Focus, in a fundraising effort for the students at Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD) and the continuing advocacy efforts for their success.

LSDF’s signature Dash For Kids will merge with Deaf Focus’ RunWalkSign! in hopes that this collaboration will bring emphasis on Deaf Education as well as the need for awareness of the students’ journey to self-reliance, independence, and being contributing members of society.

Sunshine 2.0, an all-deaf theatrical troupe from RIT/NTID in Rochester, New York, will be performing after the race! Exciting!

Jambalaya Lunch will be served.

Stay Tuned for more information!

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7:00 PM19:00

Ben Bahan Live!

As a storyteller and recorder of Deaf culture, Ben Bahan is an influential figure and community leader. See him perform his work "The Wolf Who Cried Sheep."

Deaf Focus presents: Ben Bahan Live!

Who is he?

Benjamin J. Bahan is a world-renowned storyteller, author, presenter, researcher, and a professor of ASL and Deaf Studies at Gallaudet University. He is known for his works in American Sign Language literature as a storyteller with his stories "The Ball Story", "Birds of a Different Feather", and “Bleeva: A Narrative of our Existence”; book – A Journey into the Deaf-World (1996) with Robert J. Hoffmeister and Harlan Lane.

Bahan was born to Deaf parents in New Jersey and attended Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf located in West Trenton, New Jersey. Later he attended Gallaudet University where he received his bachelor's degree in Biology in 1978. 

Afterward, he attended The Salk Institute in La Jolla, California where he researched American Sign Language linguistics and acquisition. Then in 1981, he moved to the San Francisco Bay area to collaborate with Joe Dannis on starting a new business called DawnSignPress, for which Bahan was vice president. Later he moved to Boston where he attended Boston University. There he received his master's degree in Deaf Education, as well as a doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics. 

During his studies at Boston University, Bahan helped operate the Deaf Studies Program in the School of Education. Additionally, he met his wife Sue Burnes at Boston University. Burnes, like Bahan, is Deaf and has Deaf parents as well. In 1996, he returned to Gallaudet as a professor and chair of the Department of ASL and Deaf Studies.

He is also an Executive Editor with Bauman and Melissa Malzkuhn of the Deaf Studies Digital Journal, the world’s first online, peer-reviewed academic and cultural arts journal to feature scholarship and creative work in both signed and written languages. Bahan co-wrote and co-directed the film Audism Unveiled (2008) with his colleague Dirksen Bauman as well as was instrumental in developing ASL videos for the Sign Language Book, "Signing Naturally". You don't wanna miss out on Ben's first-ever performance in Louisiana, right here in Baton Rouge!

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6:00 PM18:00




Deaf Focus' EatDrinkSign! is a unique dining experience where all the servers are Deaf and guests will be encouraged to order their food and drinks in sign language. This event, held on the National Deaf Awareness Week, will benefit our small non-profit organization in support of our continuing advocacy and essential services for our Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing friends in the community.

Many times the services we provide go unfunded and unpaid. The purpose of this event is to promote Deaf-Friendliness, showing our community that American Sign Language is an interactive, fun, culturally rich language available to everyone. This event is just one of our events that allows us to keep on advocating, thanks to the support of partners, sponsors, and the community.

EatDrinkSign’s last year 2017 clip

Driftwood Cask & Barrel, a hip and modern restaurant with a gastropub concept located in Downtown Baton Rouge with nearly 70 different kinds of beer including a huge selection of Louisiana brands, on tap. They have been gracious enough to close their restaurant for our event, and their Chef will be preparing an off-the-menu 3-course meal with a couple options for each course! Bonus: Josh Castille, Deaf Actor and native of Louisiana, will be our Host for this event!!!

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7:30 AM07:30

The 4th Annual Capital City Crush


Kingfish Disc Golf presents
The 4th Annual Capital City Crush - a benefit for I-LEEAD and Deaf Focus

TD: Ian Aymami / Dylan Schultz / Brandon Bourque / Derek Trahan / Ben Stage / Chris Pennington
Player Pool A - All Open divisions and Advanced Players
Player Pool B - All Other Players

Tournament central is at Scotlandville Park DiscGolfPark. 

Rounds: 2 rounds of 18 holes unless playoffs are needed. Second round will start after lunch (45 mins after the last card from the first round is completed)

Registration for this event will be capped at 90 entrants per player pool. In the event we meet the cap early on we could add some temp holes.

Pre-Registration:https://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/4th_Annual_Capital_City_Crush_2018 or
Contact Ian Aymami (225-266-9777 or ianaymami@gmail.com) 
Pre-registering is highly preferred on this one, as it will lighten our staff's load considerably. As an incentive, we will be providing player packs for the first fifty pre-registered Pool B players.

Shirts will be available for $4 this year. We have eliminated the 10% fee from the prize pool. Shirts will be the same high quality material from last years too.

Late Registration (If not sold out): 8:00-9:00 day of
Start Time: 9:30 Sharp Player Pool B
9:45 Sharp Player Pool A

Entry fees:
Professional: $54
Advanced: $44
Amateur: $34
Junior/Novice: $24

Lunch: TBD

Sanctioning: PDGA C-TIER
This tournament will take advantage of the PDGA’s Competition Endowment Program

Benefits of Program: 

This event is a PDGA Sanctioned C-Tier Event part of the Competition Endowment Program. As a fundraiser, payout will be as follows:

Charity Events: 

$2 PDGA per player fee is donated to the event charity and must be matched by the event
In addition to the matched $2 PDGA per player fee, 10% of the net entry fees will also be donated to event charity. 
Example: (Based on $24 Gross Entry Fee) 
$24 Gross Entry Fee
-2 PDGA Per Player Fee
-2 Player Fee Match
$20 Net Entry

$20 Toward Payout
$4 Charity Donation Per Player


Hole Sponsorships: $25
100% of hole sponsorships go to benefit www.ileead.org

Other sponsorships are still open. Please contact me (Ian) via inbox, at 225-266-9777, or ianaymami@gmail.com to receive the sponsorship letter or just discuss the opportunities we are offering.

Any and all questions or concerns about this tournament are up for discussion on this event page.


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