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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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1900 Gravier Room 1035
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
(504) 556-7585
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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

Baton Rouge - July 15, 16, 17 and 23

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

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Autism CARES Act

Great news! The House bill to reauthorize the Combating Autism Act - now Autism CARES Act (H.R.4631) -- is expected to be passed by the full House of Representative tomorrow June 24. The bill will be brought up on the suspension calendar, meaning no floor debates or amendments. The Senate bill (S.2449) , is tentatively scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Wednesday June 25. This is great news for people with developmental disabilities who have benefited greatly from the additional resources provided by this law for interdisciplinary training of health professionals, research to better understand autism and other disabilities, and a stronger focus on awareness and information dissemination. Following the Senate Committee markup, it is hoped that the bill will be considered by the full Senate before the July 4 recess. For more information, see AUCD's public policy site or contact Kim Musheno.

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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