Welcome to LSU Health 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.

Upcoming Events
Supported Employment 40 Hour CORE Training Certificate

New Orleans -August 18, 19, 20 & 26 (1/2 day)
LSU HSC Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Baton Rouge - Sep. 29, 30, Oct 1 & 7 (1/2 day)
1979 Beaumont Dr., Baton Rouge, LA

Alexandria - Nov. 10, 11, 12 & 18 (1/2 day online)

New Orleans - 2016 Feb. 16, 17, 18 & 24 (1/2 day)
LSU HSC Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur St., New Orleans, LA 70112

Baton Rouge - 2016 April 5, 6, 7 & 13 (1/2 day)
1979 Beaumont Dr., Baton Rouge, LA

Lafayette - 2016 June 7, 8, 9 & 15 (1/2 day online)

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

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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Community Living and Participation for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: What the Research Tells Us

Monday, July 26th is the 25th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As he signed the law on the south lawn of the White House, President George H. W. Bush, surrounded by people with disabilities and members of Congress, closed his remarks by stating, “Let the shameful wall of exclusion come tumbling down.” Despite great advances in physical access and technology that have made schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods more accessible, there continue to be barriers to equal opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities.
AUCD supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities, their families, and their communities.
AAIDD is a national organization that promotes progressive policies, sound research, effective practices, and universal human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Established in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest and largest professional society in the US concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
On this 25th anniversary, we are releasing the attached paper, based on over 50 years of research, to describe how AUCD and AAIDD think the next 25 years of the ADA should translate into access, opportunity, and support for people with disabilities. This work has been shaped by two primary sources: the voices of people with disabilities themselves and the research evidence on achieving the best possible outcomes for people with disabilities. These sources, of course, have also been shaped by our national laws and policies, the most significant being the ADA.
Andrew J. Imparato | Executive Director, AUCD
Margaret A. Nygren, EdD | Executive Director & CEO, AAIDD

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Under Bill, Proposed Medicaid Bill Would Incentivize Community-Based Options

A bipartisan group of senators is looking to provide financial incentives to states for helping people with disabilities live and work in the community.
The lawmakers want to establish a new Medicaid demonstration program that would offer financial bonuses to states for encouraging community-based outcomes. Under a bill introduced this week, a five-year program would be established in 10 states.

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Kessler Survey Finds Most With Special Needs ‘Striving To Work’

A new, national survey finds that the majority of people with disabilities want to be employed, but they often encounter barriers to work.

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NH Governor Signs Legislation Abolishing Sub-Minimum Wage for People with Disabilities

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan signed into law SB 47, which repeals statutory authority to pay people less than minimum wage on the basis of disability. Governor Hassan is the mother of a young man who has cerebral palsy. She is the graduate of the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities family leadership program. At the signing ceremony, Governor Hassan spoke of her experiences as a parent, recalling her son being lifted into a van for his first day of school in his community, and how we are stronger and more successful as a state when we include everyone.

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Public Input Survey

The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Network (the Advocacy Center, the Human Development Center, and the DD Council) requests your input on how we can better serve people with developmental disabilities and their families.

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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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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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