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October 25, 2013

Arriaga Appointed to La Commission for the Deaf

arriagamdGovernor Bobby Jindal recently announced the appointment of Dr. Moises Arriaga to theLouisiana Commission for the Deaf. The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf serves to advocate for the needs and rights of people who are deaf, certify interpreters, promote and facilitate accessibility of all public and private services to people who are deaf, collect and disseminate information concerning people who are deaf, and maintain a registry of certified interpreters. Additionally, the commission's duties include, but are not limited to, establishing and administering a statewide program to provide access to all public communications services for people who are deaf, deaf-blind or have other related impairments.

According to the statute, the commission is comprised of seventeen members, including the state coordinator of vocational rehabilitation services to the deaf, the president of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf, the president of the Louisiana Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, the superintendent of the Louisiana School for the Deaf, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the superintendent of education, the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the speaker of the House of Representatives, the president of the Senate, and the secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals or their designees. The remaining seven members are gubernatorial appointments, of which two must be people who are deaf, one must be a person with a hearing impairment, two must be parents of people who are deaf, and two must be professionals who work with people who are deaf. All gubernatorial appointments are subject to senate confirmation.

Dr. Moises Arriaga, of Metairie, is a Professor of Otolaryngology and Neurosurgery at LSU Health New Orleans and is the Medical Director of the CNC Hearing and Balance Center in New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake Hearing and Balance Center and the Cochlear Implant Program at Children's Hospital in New Orleans. Dr. Arriaga will be appointed to serve as a representative of professionals who work with deaf persons, as required by statute.

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