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.
ACA Facts: Individual Responsibility (Mandate) Provision
The ACA ensures most individuals are enrolled in a health plan that covers their basic minimum needs.
ACA Facts: Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plans
The ACA offers an insurance plan for those denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
ACA Facts: Medicaid and CHIP Expansion
The ACA extends Medicaid and CHIP coverage to encompass a broader range of individuals, including people with disabilities.
As of January 1, 2014 Massachusetts will cease new admissions to sheltered workshops, this week Massachusetts DD Services Director Elin Howe released a plan developed in partnership with The Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and The ARC of Massachusetts to achieve the goal of closing all sheltered workshop services in 2015. The plan includes a fiscal analysis that estimates an investment of $26.7 million over four fiscal years to provide appropriate levels of necessary support to individuals moving out of sheltered workshop programs in to integrated work settings. The plan notes that the investment will be offset by $13 million with matching federal Medicaid funding through the home and community based waiver.
LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training.
A recent study conducted by the Society for Research in Child Development and Foundation for Child Development titled, "Investing in Our Future: The Evidence Base on Preschool Education" (Yoshikawa, Weiland, Brooks-Gunn, Burchinal, Espinosa, Gormley, Ludwig, Magnuson, Phillips, & Zaslow, 2013)
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