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BRSHF begins accepting private insurance, in addition to accepting Medicaid and offering sliding-scale fees.


BRSHF establishes an innovative group language preschool program for children with speech delays and autism.


BRSHF employs a psychologist, social worker, physical therapist and occupational therapist. Outreach services are offered throughout the Baton Rouge community.


BRSHF becomes a Capital Area United Way agency, whose support provides more than 35% of the organization’s budget.


Congress passes the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandating that free, public special education be available in schools for children starting at age 3.… Read More »1975


Construction project costing $172,900 was completed. BRSHF moves to its new building on West Roosevelt Street on November 20, 1968.


Under the leadership of board member Kevin Reilly, Sr., BRSHF secures state, federal and private funding to build on land acquired for $5,000 adjacent to… Read More »1966


Speech Pathologist Margaret Neely became Executive Director. A stutterer herself, she pioneered a “total language education,” insisting that deaf and hard of hearing children need… Read More »1965


BRSHF moves to a larger space in University Terrace Elementary.


After completing a community-needs assessment revealing the need for early childhood services for deaf and hard of hearing children younger than 6, the Junior League… Read More »1960