Protest against deaf service contracts

Protest against deaf service contracts
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 4:38pm

Bus loads of angry deaf residents showed up on the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf’s doorstep in Baton Rouge Friday. They say the LCD is awarding contracts that aren’t in the community’s best interest.

The protestors are demanding change, after contracts with the Deaf Action Center of Louisiana were canceled following 30 years of service. Instead, they say the Commission awarded contracts to the New Horizon Living Center, out of Shreveport.

The company provides services to the deaf community, but the Action Center says New Horizon doesn’t have the background or resources to fulfill the contracts. Now the Center and protestors are demanding answers.

Gerald Bamburg drove from Shreveport to speak out against the change. He says, “We already have services set up for thirty years; the interpreting services, everything, now they've just taken it, for what? It’s a waste of time and I don’t think its right."

Friday’s protest was organized by the Deaf Action Center of Louisiana, a non-profit based in Shreveport.

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