NEW ORLEANS (press release) – An indispensable resource for families in Greater New Orleans and surrounding parishes opened today.
The Bright School, the region’s only early intervention program for deaf and hard of hearing children, has officially launched its Parent Resource Center, a first in the region that will provide critical education, resource facilitation, support to advocacy and support to parents, caregivers, education and service providers, and special education students free of charge.
The Center was made possible by a generous grant from the EENT Foundation.
The opening event took place at 10 a.m. on November 17, 2021 at the Bright School on the Kingsley House campus at 1600 Constance Street.
Speakers included parents and parent advocates, as well as Linda Frantz, principal of the school, and Timothy Bright, chairman of the board.
Resources provided by the Center will include tips on navigating levels of hearing loss, cochlear implants, appropriate school placement, information on legislative resources and policy information regarding the hearing impaired, useful links for children and adolescents, as well as support groups for parents. The center will offer a deaf mentoring program, non-English speaking resources and parent education sessions which will be held throughout the school year. Tours of the center are possible by appointment.
Kelley Hill, a Bright School parent and board member, said, “I am very happy to be able to access the Parent Resource Center. I look forward to spending the time learning more about my son’s hearing loss without having to wait for another professional to provide me with the information.
The new center is the only resource of its kind for families and caregivers of deaf and hard of hearing children in the GNO region. “Early detection of hearing loss combined with medical, audiological and educational intervention and treatment would be very effective in ameliorating the effects of congenital hearing loss, often reducing the need for long-term special education services and significantly reduces public spending. funds. “(Yoshinago-Itano, et al., 1998).
To date, The Bright School’s services have enabled 85% or more of its students to move into typical classrooms without the need for special education classes.