South Central Region

Our Service Area

The South Central Region encompasses the following states:

Arkansas
Louisiana
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Texas

What We Do

Our regional offices bring HKNC resources to you. Your regional representative knows all about the programs and services that are available to deaf-blind individuals, their families and service providers in your state and beyond, and can help you find and access the ones that are right for you.

Whether you’re interested in learning about support services near your home, would like to take advantage of the technology available through the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program or want to explore the possibility of training at our national headquarters, your regional representative is your link to all that HKNC has to offer ─ consultation, advocacy, assessment, training, referrals and more.

Regional Representative

Natasha Aymami, MA, COMS, NIC
Natasha Aymami

Natasha Aymami is the South Central Regional Representative, which includes: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her role is to provide information on local and national DeafBlind resources, as well as support local programs in enhancing their accessibility and quality of service through professional development and consultation.

She has a bachelor's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Science Center. She also has a Master's degree in Orientation and Mobility from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In addition to her academic credentials, Natasha is a certified Orientation & Mobility specialist and a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter. 

Natasha's previous employment includes more than fifteen years of experience as a sign language interpreter; interpreter coordinator at Affiliated Blind of Louisiana; Louisiana State University assistant director of Disability Services; Louisiana School for the Deaf interpreter and academic counselor; and Orientation and Mobility specialist for East Baton Rouge public schools. Outside of her work, Natasha is an avid runner who completed a half marathon in 2019. Natasha is a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Contact Information

Natasha Aymami (Regional Representative)

Email: Natasha.Aymami@hknc.org

Brenda Baroncelli (Administrative Assistant)

Email: Brenda.baroncelli@hknc.org

Baton Rouge, LA 70884

Voice: 516-965-1039

VP: 225-330-8192

Local Events

Are you interested in getting involved in the deaf-blind community in the South Central Region? Your regional representative can provide information about social gatherings, conferences, listservs and more. Check this space for announcements about upcoming events or contact your regional representative to request email notifications.

Local Resources

You need answers about what’s out there for you, and HKNC has them.

Ask your regional representative about:

  • The National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program
  • Local services and referrals
  • On-site assessment, consultation and training
  • Making connections with other individuals and families within the deaf-blind community
  • Technical assistance and in-service training
  • Plans for youth transitioning from educational programs to post-educational services
  • Educational materials and presentations about the capabilities and preferences of people with combined vision and hearing loss

If the services you need are not available in your area, you might want to consider exploring HKNC headquarters in New York as an option for assessment and training. Check out our FAQs and contact your regional representative for more information.

Local Organizations

HKNC maintains relationships with various government agencies and nonprofit organizations that serve deaf-blind individuals. Your regional representative can connect you with the best contacts at each organization.