Welcome to LSU Health Sciences Center Human Development Center

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.

Why do TV shows and movies cast people without disabilities as people with disabilities? An interesting perspective from a person who "walks the walk".

Announcement: Upcoming Supported Employment Trainings in Lafayette

HDC will be providing two 7.5 hour trainings on Supported Employment service provision in Lafayette on May 7th and 8th, 9:00-4:00. These trainings meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their personnel. Both sessions include in class training and portfolio assignments, and all training participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Additional SE trainings are scheduled throughout the state.

Managing SE Programs May 7, 2014

Job Developer Clinic May 8, 2014

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Mentees from Joseph S. Clark and Miller McCoy touring Delgado Community College

With all the buzz going on this Spring amongst high school students preparing to graduate, RAMP mentees from Joseph S. Clark and Miller McCoy High Schools toured Delgado Community College City Park campus. Students learned about transitioning to college, financial aid, enrollment and other services available to advance college students. Students toured the campus and spoke with faculty/staff and currently enrolled students regarding various programs. This tour truly was a behind the scene experience exposing mentees to college life that awaits them. Expect to see several of RAMP students earning a degree on a campus near you

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Landmark Americans with Disabilities Act Settlement Agreement Reached with Rhode Island in Segregation Violations

This week, the Justice Department announced that it has entered into a 10 year statewide settlement agreement that will resolve violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for approximately 3,250 Rhode Islanders with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The broader impact of this settlement is yet to be resolved for the rest of the nation. In fact, this is the nation's first statewide settlement that addresses the rights of people with disabilities to receive state funded employment and daytime services in the broader community, instead of being unduly segregated in "sheltered" workshops and facility-based day programs. Read More

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. READ MORE Read More

Aaron Bishop Named Commissioner of the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD)

Administrator Kathy Greenlee has announced the appointment of Aaron Bishop as Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). "It is has been a pleasure working with Aaron during his time as Acting Commissioner. By making his appointment permanent, he will be able to continue to focus on directing the policy and day-to-day operations of AIDD with and on behalf of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country and the AIDD network,"" said Greenlee. "With Aaron’s leadership, in collaboration with our partners in the Developmental Disabilities Network, we will continue to build momentum on these critical issues, especially in the areas of self-advocacy, access to community supports, diversity, and youth transitions." Read the full announcement

Professional Development for the Louisiana Special Ed. Center

Starting March 13th the Louisiana Deafblind Project will be conducting a series of professional development opportunities for the Louisiana Special Education Center in Alexandria. The professional development will focus on Defining, Educating and Empowering Children with Deafblindness: What it means for Louisiana's educational system. The first series will look at what is deafblindness? The identification and referral process for the Louisiana Deafblind Registry. The second series will focus on classroom tools and strategies and the third series will focus on the use of Intervener's in the classroom. Visit the Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children & Youth

Upcoming Training & Events
  • The Human Development Center is partnering with Families Helping Families of Jefferson and Louisiana's Parent Training Information Center, with support from the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund to conduct the 5th annual inclusionMATTERS conference.

    The inclusionMATTERS conference is Louisiana's premier learning opportunity for parents and school personnel concerned with inclusive education for children and youth with disabilities. This year's program provides opportunities to learn from nationally recognized inclusive education and school reform experts, and educators implementing inclusive practices. Sessions will be grouped in 3 strands: Early Childhood, School-Age, and Transition.

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  • LASARD Online Workgroups

    What can I be when I exit high school? Effective transition planning for employment
    Tuesday | April 29, 2014
    1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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  • TIERS & LAS*PIC Spring Webinar Series

    Social Emotional Learning, Voila! Developing a Budget-Friendly and Effective Social Skills Program

    Monday | April 21 | 3pm-4pm(CST)

    "Job Card Grounding" in the School Setting

    Monday | April 28 | 3pm-4pm(CST)

    Response Cost: Increasing Appropriate Behavior Using Reductive Strategies at All 3 Tiers

    Monday | May 5| 3pm-4pm(CST)

  • Supported Employment 40 Hour CORE Training Certificate

    New Orleans - May 20, 21, 22 and 28

    Baton Rouge - July 15, 16, 17 and 23

    Alexandria - September 9, 20, 11 and October 1

  • 15 hour Supported Employment Trainings Statewide:

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

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Contact The Human Development Center

LSU Health Sciences Center
Human Development Center
1900 Gravier Room 1035
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 556-7585
Fax:(504) 556-7574