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Governor John Bel Edwards Signed State as Model Employer Executive Order

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards has signed an Executive Order this Monday creating  the State as a Model Employer Taskforce, which will develop policies and strategies to improve within state government the rate of hiring, recruitment and retention of Louisianans with disabilities.

The State as a Model Employer Task Force will have the following duties:

  • Develop policies, strategies and services designed to achieve the seven percent employment target.
  • Establish a five-year plan with annual goals that will enable the state workforce to reach parity with the percentage of working age people with disabilities in Louisiana.
  • Provide guidance and other support to agencies and institutions of higher education of higher education on recruitment, retention, accommodation and accessibility for persons with disabilities.

Click here to read the governor’s executive order.

Over the past year the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs have held workgroups, roundtables, and other events in collaboration with diverse and varied stakeholders about Employment First, which is an initiative of stakeholders designed to address barriers to employment and improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Due to those efforts, in collaboration with diverse and varied stakeholders, Louisiana has been selected to receive Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) as a Vision Quest (VQ) State for the 2018 fiscal year under the United States Department of Labor’s, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP). This technical assistance will further the efforts to increase competitive, integrated employment outcomes for all individuals with disabilities.

Also, in the Governor’s Office, they know employing people with disabilities is great for businesses, communities, and Louisiana. If you are a person with a disability, they want to hear your story about where you work and what you do. There are so many positive employment stories which need to be shared, and we would like to publicly highlight our hard working citizens and their employers. Please go to the following link and complete the form with your information and story:

Louisiana State Parks Now Hiring Persons with Disabilities


The Louisiana Office of State Parks is currently hiring throughout Louisiana.


  • 82 seasonal openings available
  • Custodian, Groundskeeper and Front Desk
  • Personnel positions
  • Schedule: 24 hours/week throughout the summer
  • Salary: $8.50/hour

Applications are available at each state park location.

HOW TO APPLY:  For a full listing of state park locations, please visit

For more information about Louisiana Rehabilitation Services,

visit http://Louisiana Workforce Commission

March is Developmental Disability Awareness Month

The goal for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2018 is to create awareness about developmental disabilities, teach the importance of inclusion within every aspect of life, and to share the stories of individuals with a disability to show that a successful life is possible.

How to Participate:

  • Share stories, photos, and videos that expand the conversation of inclusion and disability on your social media channels using #DDawareness18
  • Search social media for #DDawareness18 and like, comment on, share, and retweet the posts from others
  • Use this schedule to help guide the topic of your posts:
    • March 1-9 (Week 1): See Me as your Classmate (share Education stories)
    • March 10-16 (Week 2): See Me as your Coworker (share Employment stories)
    • March 17-23 (Week 3): See Me as your Neighbor (share Community Living stories)
    • March 24-30 (Week 4): See Me as your Friend (share any kind of story)
  • See this resource guide for additional information and some suggestions of posts that you can share from campaign participants.
  • Additional information, including graphics; social media links for AUCD, NACDD, and NDRN; informational webinar archives; and DD Awareness Proclamations from several states are posted online at

LEND 2018-19 Applications Now Available!

We are delighted to inform you that applications are now OPEN for graduate students, family members of individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disabilities (NDD), self-advocates with ASD and other NDD, and practicing professionals to apply for LA Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training program. The LA LEND is a one-year 300+ hours interdisciplinary training program that incorporates both classroom teaching and learning by experience. It encourages people from many backgrounds to learn to work together. This is a leadership program that prepares future leaders to support and work with children with disabilities (with a focus on autism) and their families.  

For the application, please see attached. Completed applications are due by April 2, 2018. If you have any additional questions about the LA LEND, you may contact Brittney Wright Peters, Training Coordinator, at

All Means All: Building Inclusive Practices in Schools


What are the post-school outcomes for students with ASD and related disabilities who were included in general education classes compared to those who were educated in self-contained settings?  This basic to intermediate level workgroup will review the research that addresses this question and share indicators of inclusive schools. Strategies will be discussed to increase inclusive practices for students with ASD and related disabilities. Participants will evaluate their own schools and determine a plan to improve access to the general education for all students.

This webinar is geared toward new and seasoned educators and family members seeking more information on the benefits of building inclusive practices in schools.


WHEN: Thursday, March 08, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect


Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture Course Offered This Spring 2018

March 7 – May 2
Wednesday evenings, 4:45 to 5:45 PM
LSU Health New Orleans, Human Development Center
(Classes will be offered at no cost)

  • Have you always been curious about American Sign Language?
  • Would you like to learn how to better work with your Deaf and hard-of-hearing clients or patients?

The Louisiana Deafblind Project at LSU Health-New Orleans Human Development Center is offering an Introduction to American Sign Language course this spring at no cost.

You will learn how to introduce yourself, how to ask some basic questions, and receptive skills to understand another person’s introduction. You will also learn how to work effectively with a sign language interpreter, and best practices to become a more culturally-competent provider for the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 4:45 to 5:45 PM at the LSU Human Development Center. Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays starting March 7 through May 2, 2018.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 to Wednesday, May 02, 2018, 11:59 PM

WHERE: LSUHSC Human Development Center, 411 S Prieur St, New Orleans, LA 70112


Upcoming Webinar on Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET, join us for the national Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, “Ticket to Work: Choosing the Service Provider That’s Right for You.”

WISE webinars are a great first step for people who have a disability and are ready and able to benefit from the social and financial rewards of employment, so share this event with Social Security disability beneficiaries and encourage them to attend. 

During the webinar, we’ll discuss:

  • Ticket to Work and Work Incentives;
  • The different types of service providers that are available; and
  • How to learn more and choose a service provider that’s right for you and your work goals. 

Register online today or call 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY).


This ‘Forgotten’ Part Of Special Education Could Lead To Better Outcomes For Student

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Kate Lord didn’t have a plan when she graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014. For two years, she was unemployed. Eventually, her father was able to use his connections at Bowdoin College to get her a job working in a kitchen. For 20 hours a week, she lines muffin pans and preps dessert trays. At this time, the bakery job suffices. Kate is a hard worker and a pleasure to be around, her supervisor said. But she has no interest in the food industry. Her father believes she could do a lot more, and wishes her high school had done more to help her visualize her future and then take steps to reach her goals. Read more here:

ODEP’s Apprenticeship Works Video Series

Apprenticeship works for job seekers looking to punch their ticket to the middle class and for businesses seeking skilled workers who can thrive in the global economy. The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has just released a video series featuring apprentices with and without disabilities (Recruits) and their apprenticeship sponsors (Sponsors) in high-growth industries like information technology, healthcare, and marine engineering. These apprentices and their sponsors show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for them and how it can work for other job seekers and businesses across the country. #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. 

View the videos here:   Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced version.

New Supported Employment Trainings

40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies and includes three full days of classroom instruction and fieldwork assignments. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would like to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

  • Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • March 6-8, 2018

     –>>  Click here to register for 40 Hour Core Training  <<–


5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training

These training classes, co-sponsored by Louisiana APSE,  meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these classes counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD, and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for staff for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule any additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)

  • New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom #452 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits

  • Alexandria at The Arc Rapides, 1700 Ashley Avenue (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, May 17, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits


–>>  Click here to register for one or more of the 5 Hour Core Training  <<–