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Louisiana News

  • OCDD Conducting National Core Indicators Survey

    OCDD needs your help. It is again time for the annual National Core Indicators (NCI) survey that gives people with developmental disabilities and their families a direct voice to express their feelings about the services they receive from OCDD. Individuals who were selected to be part of the NCI Consumer Survey have already been contacted and many of them have already been interviewed.  Also, mail surveys have been sent to a random sample of the families who are asked about the services and their satisfaction with the services that their family member receives. The mail-out survey does not identify the people who complete them, unless they chose to identify themselves.

    NCI survey results help Louisiana to evaluate how well the services people with intellectual/developmental disabilities receive are meeting their needs. It also helps Louisiana compare family outcomes and satisfaction with similar information collected from other states. NCI results for all the states that participate in the surveys also influences national policy decisions about services for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

    If your family has received a survey, please complete it and mail it back to OCDD in the postage paid envelope. If you are a provider, support coordinator or advocate, please encourage people to participate so OCDD can use the information obtained to continue to improve services.

    Informational Flyer

  • George Alvey Jr. is recording an album and giving fundraising concerts to help mental health non-profits! For more information, please visit George's website. (03/24/2016)


Employee of the Month: Stuart Simon


Stuart, whose father is a photographer, was born in St. Louis but grew up in New Orleans. Stuart holds a BS in Music from Millsaps College from 2007, and two Master’s Degrees, both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and both from 2012. One is in Music History, and the other is in Library and Information Science. After that, Stuart returned to New Orleans and pursued a post-baccalaureate certificate in applied computing with an emphasis on Integrated Application Development, receiving it in May 2016. Stuart began working at HDC in February, 2016.  His duties are varied and include: graphics specialist, webmaster, database specialist, and photographer. Outside of work, he enjoys music, New Orleans cultural life, and singing in the choir at Touro Synagogue. Stuart can be reached at or you can visit him in his office in the Human Development Center building in room 463.


Featured Articles

In collaboration with Data-based Consulting, the Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium (LAS*PIC) and Teams...

Posted by LSU HSC Human Development Center on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Getting RtI and MTSS to the Next Level Post-Report
Held April 28-29, 2016
LSUHSC Human Development Center

In collaboration with Data-based Consulting, LAS*PIC and TIERS hosted the second annual two-day institute on RtI/MTSS with sessions focusing on behavior, literacy, legal issues, and RtI/MTSS development, implementation, and sustainability. Renowned speakers at this institute included Randy Sprick, Nancy Marchand-Martell, Perry Zirkel, Mark Shinn, Michelle Shinn, and Alan Coulter. The institute drew over 275 attendees from across the country including attendees from as far as the Marianas Islands, more than twice as many attendees as last year’s institute. Positive feedback from attendees about the institute was overwhelming and we’re looking forward to planning for the third annual institute next spring!


HDC News

  • 2016 Disability Policy Seminar

    Five HDC LEND Trainees and the project coordinator (Ms. Brittney Wright)  recently attended the 2016 Disability Policy Seminar  in Washington DC along with approximately 700 people with disabilities, parents, students, and allies.  This annual two day event prepares future leaders in the field of disabilities for their careers by providing intensive training on current legislative and policy issues that impact people with disabilities.  Over 200 of the attendees were LEND and UCEDD trainees. On Wednesday, individuals used this information to help them educate their Members of Congress and their staff.  AUCD was a co-sponsor of the Disability Policy Seminar along with The Arc, AAIDD, NACDD, SABE, and UCP.  All the fact sheets and available presentations can be found on the DPS website.


HDC Upcoming Events and Trainings​

  • Building Community through Social Capital
    June 18, 2016
    Human Development Center

    In association with the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, HDC is hosting a presentation by Al Condeluci. Al Condeluci is a spokesperson for Louisiana Partners in Policymaking and the CEO of CLASS, a full-service nonprofit that supports people with disabilities. Mr. Condeluci will discuss the impact that our friendships have to build communities. For more information or to register, click here.

  • Needs-Based Training for Improving Employment, Postsecondary Education, and Independent Living Outcomes for Students with Disabilities
    June 20 & 21, 2016
    Human Development Center

    2016 Summer Transition Institute
    This institute is a collaborative effort by the LSU Human Development Center and the Louisiana Department of Education.  The focus is needs-based training for improving employment, postsecondary education, and independent living outcomes for students with disabilities with an emphasis on the development and implementation of a focused strategic plan for improving transition services and outcomes for youth with disabilities age 16 and older.  Emphasis will be placed on understanding evidence-based practices and predictors of successful employment, postsecondary education and independent living outcomes for youth with disabilities after exiting high school.  This institute will be led and conducted by Dr. John Johnson, a faculty member of the LSU Human Development Center, who has extensive national experience facilitating statewide transition teams and communities of practice.  Participation in this institute is by invitation only.  We hope to conduct future annual summer institutes resources allowing.  Additional information may be obtained about this and other training, professional/leadership development and technical assistance opportunities addressing transition issues by contacting John Johnson, Ph.D., at or by phone at (504) 717-9810 (cell) or (504) 556-7515 (office).

  • Supported Employment Trainings
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