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Who Are We?

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.

Association of University Centers on Disabilities, AUCD, News and Updates
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LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 556-7585
Fax:(504) 556-7574

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Toward a More Inclusive Definition of Diversity in the Disability Community

As Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month draws to a close, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values embodied within the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000. The DD Act, as it is commonly known, ensures that people with developmental disabilities in the United States and their families have access to services and supports that promote self-determination, independence, and inclusion in their communities.

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The Human Development Center (Louisiana’s UCEDD) is hosting a 2-day institute (April 23-24) on best practice for building and implementing multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS, aka Response to Intervention or RtI).

National experts on law, science, and best practice for supporting students using MTSS/RtI will work with school leaders and practitioners to provide state-of-the-art information. Topics include (a) IDEA regulations and OSEP policies, and case law, (b) what science says about the efficacy of different SLD identification methods, (c) use of professional norms to build a best practices MTSS/RtI, (d) improving and engaging school leaders in implementation, and (e) how effective behavior support contributes to prevention and promotion efforts.

For more information and to register click on link: http://www.dbcconferences.net/

Tuesdays with Liz: Disability Policy for All, ESEA reauthorization and Julie Petty Interview

It's time to end segregation of special education students, professors say

LAWRENCE — The time has finally come to end the separation of special education and general education students, researchers at the University of Kansas argue in a new publication. Not only does research show that all students have higher achievement in fully integrated environments, but support and public policy for schools to make such a switch are coming into place as well.

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DD Council membership

The Council is currently recruiting applicants from Regions I and X (Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes) for an immediate vacancy. The deadline for applications in order to be considered for this position has been extended to February 15, 2015. Applicants must be an individual with a developmental disability.

For more information on DD Council membership and to apply: http://laddc.org/content.cfm?id=335

Sparkle Camp 2015

Parents, Children, HDC Faculty and staff, Graduate Students, and Volunteers who attended the 2015 SPARKLE Camp and Workshop held at the Human Development Center January 15-17, 2015.

Upcoming Training & Events
Co-Teaching: The “Give and Take” Relationship
April 21, 2015

Supporting students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment has increased the diversity in general education classrooms and highlighted the need for all professionals in the schools to work together. This workgroup will focus on the styles of co-teaching and practical strategies to attain a cohesive teaching unit.

Supported Employment 40 Hour CORE Training Certificate

New Orleans - March 17, 18, 19 & 25 (1/2 day)
LSU HSC Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Lafayette - May 12, 13, 14 & 20 (1/2 day online)
LRS Regional Office
825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 Lafayette, LA 70508

Shreveport - June 9, 10, 11 & 24 (1/2 day online)
Location TBD

15 hour Supported Employment Trainings Statewide:

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

New Orleans
SSA Benefits and Work Incentives - Nov 19, 2014
Assessment Clinic - July 15, 2015

Baton Rouge
Job Developer Clinic - January 14, 2015
SSA Benefits & Work Incentives - March 11, 2015
Assessment Clinic - August 12, 2015

Managing SE Programs - April 15, 2015
Job Developer Clinic - April 16, 2015
SSA Benefits & Work Incentives - June 3, 2015
Assessment Clinic - September 16, 2015