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2000

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

1980

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

1978

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

1976

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

1975

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

1968

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

1966

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

1965

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

1963

BRSHF moves to a larger space in University Terrace Elementary.

1960

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