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The Human Development Center (HDC) was established in 1974 and became a University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) in 1984. HDC is a member of AUCD , a national network of 67 UCEDD programs.

The Mission of the Human Development Center (HDC) is to provide leadership and innovation in interdisciplinary education, community service, research, and to disseminate information to strengthen and increase the capacity of local communities to support and include individuals with [developmental] disabilities and their families in all aspects of life in the community.

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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) signed into law

On July 22, 2014, President Barak Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the first legislative reform in 15 years of the public workforce system. WIOA supersedes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and amends the Adult Education and Family Literacy Act, the Wagner-Peyser Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 through the year 2020. This Act takes effect on July 1, 2015, unless otherwise noted. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will issue further guidance on the timeframes for implementation of these changes and proposed regulations reflecting the changes in WIOA soon after enactment. In his comments, the President stated that WIOA "will help workers, including workers with disabilities, access employment, education, job-driven training, and support services that give them the chance to advance their careers and secure the good jobs of the future."

Here is a bulleted summary of what this 300-pages of legislation means for Employment First:
Read more: http://www.doleta.gov/wioa/

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council

BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. These appointments to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council

Sue Killam, of New Orleans, Employment Initiatives Coordinator at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – Human Development Center. Ms. Killam will be appointed to serve as a representative of individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves, as required by executive order. Other appointees include, Nanetta Magness, of Shreveport, Director of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Center for the Louisiana Association for the Blind and Nicole Walker, of Baton Rouge, Assistant Executive Director of UPLIFTD, a non-profit vocational rehabilitation organization. Click Here to read more

Autism CARES Act Passes Senate

The bipartisan, bicameral bill reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act of 2006 as amended by the Combating Autism Reauthorization Act of 2011 for five years. Since its enactment, the law has impacted thousands of individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families and has significant implications for future generations. Had Congress not reauthorized the law before September 30, activities authorized under the law would have expired due to a hard sunset. The House and Senate worked together on a compromise bill that makes a few improvements to the current law. Read More

Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students

Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," according to a scathing report released Tuesday, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.
The Report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law. This study and the report that resulted were supported through a contract from ACCELIFY. A team of experts including Dr. Robert Pasternak of ACCELIFY and HDC faculty members, Drs. Alan Coulter and Jane Nell Luster and the staff of HDC’s Teams Intervening Early to Reach all Students (TIERS) delivered the report this week and are hoping to be part of the system change effort that will be required to remedy many of the issues identified in the report. To read the entire article click here.

LASARD Workgroup Development Survey 2014-2015

What topics would you like to have offered from our online workgroup series this school year? Please take our survey and let us know! We want to hear from you!Complete our survey

Upcoming Training & Events
Supported Employment 40 Hour CORE Training Certificate

Alexandria - September 9, 11, 20, and October 1

15 hour Supported Employment Trainings Statewide:

Managing SE Programs
Job Developer Clinic
SSA Benefits and Work Incentives
Assessment Clinic

Excellent ADA Anniversary Video from President Obama

Saturday marked the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) -- a landmark law that transformed American society for people with disabilities. It provided for full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for those of us living with disabilities, and also provided Americans with disabilities with legal remedies to safeguard all of those rights. Click here Watch the President’s ADA anniversary message

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services will open Order of Selection groups 2 and 3 effective July 1, 2014

To read letter from LRS Director, Mark Martin View Letter

Louisiana will change the way it refers to people with disabilities

Louisiana has changed the way people with disabilities are referred to in existing laws thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal Monday (June 23). The Louisiana Legislature also voted unanimously for the proposal, which will go into effect immediately. The massive 259-page bill swaps out language like "handicapped" and "disabled person" for the phrase "person with a disability" in several state statutes. Under the legislation, a person would no longer "become disabled", but would rather "acquire a disability", according to state law. References to mental retardation, an term that many people find insulting, would also be taken off the books completely.

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More than 21 million US adults 18-64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in physical activity, yet nearly half of them get no aerobic physical activity. Physical activity benefits all adults, whether or not they have a disability, by reducing their risk of serious chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some cancers. Only 44% of adults with disabilities who visited a doctor in the past year were told by a doctor to get physical activity. Yet adults with disabilities were 82% more likely to be physically active if their doctor recommended it.

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Senator Harkin Announces New 6x15 Campaign

On April 7, 2014 Senator Harkin announced a new campaign led by six national disability organizations to achieve six national goals by the end of 2015, marking major anniversaries of the ADA and IDEA. AUCD is a partner on the advancing the goals, along with the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, National Disability Rights Network, Special Olympics, US Business Leadership Network, and National Council on Independent Living.

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