Deaf Education Summit

January 26-27, 2018 at the Holiday Inn South in Baton Rouge, LA

Our amazing star-studded presenter line up:

Nyle DiMarco, Julie Rems Smario, and Joshua Castille!



Good Burgers for a Good Cause

Our “Good Burgers for a Good Cause” event, held on August 9, 2017 at BurgerSmith in Baton Rouge, LA was a success, and raised $518.00 for our advocacy efforts. The purpose of this event was to promote Deaf-Friendliness in restaurants by teaching the staff some basic sign language prior to the event, and bringing in the Deaf community to enjoy their outing with a delicious meal and a waitstaff who can sign!

Deaf Focus staff receiving a check for $518.00 from the BurgerSmith staff.


Deaf Focus’ “Deaf-Friendly” sticker affixed at the entrance of BurgerSmith on Perkins in Baton Rouge.

Keep an eye out for our other Deaf-Friendly events at restaurants!


RESTAURANTS: If you would like to participate in this positive progress toward Deaf-Friendliness, and contribute to our advocacy efforts.


Run! Walk! Sign!


Our first annual 5K Run, Walk, Sign event on April 22, 2017  was a great success with over 230 participants!  Thank you for all of your kind thoughts, donations, and help in making sure this event was successful!


We look forward to seeing you next year at our annual event on March 24th, 2018!

Information coming soon!


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.

Ian Sanborn

Our 2nd Annual EatDrinkSign! took place on October 24th, 2017 at the Pelican House in Baton Rouge, 100 people attended, and the performance by Ian Sanborn was awesome. Thank you all for your continued support!

Annual Capitol City Crush Disc Golf

September 9th, 2017 – 8:00 a.m.

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


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 the 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 next Kidz Kamp!  

See you next summer!



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 ( 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

  • 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.