HDC Employee Spotlight: Rose Angelocci
Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CVRT, LPC is the Assistant Project Coordinator for the Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth housed within the Human Development Center at the LSU Health New Orleans. From 1987 to 2017, Dr. Angelocci worked at the Training, Resource and Assistive-Technology Center (TRAC) at the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Angelocci has a doctorate in counselor education with a minor in qualitative research methods from the University of New Orleans. She has a Masters in Health Sciences in Rehabilitation Counseling from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Dr. Angelocci is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, a Licensed Rehabilitation Counselor/Supervisor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Professional Counselor/Supervisor, a National Certified Counselor, and a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist.
Dr. Angelocci has over 25 years of experience in assessing and training persons with disabilities (visual, hearing, learning, and physical) in the use of assistive technology and Braille. She has 30 years of experience in operating residential programs for the blind. In addition, she has experience in conducting vocational evaluations and teaching work readiness skills with clients with disabilities. Dr. Angelocci has served as adjunct faculty at the University of New Orleans and has taught graduate-level courses in Braille, counseling theories, counseling techniques, counselor supervision, and lifespan development. She has provided supervision to 40 counselors-in-training.
Dr. Angelocci has served on several state and local advisory committees regarding the accessibility needs of people with disabilities. She has served on the Louisiana Rehabilitation Advisory Council, the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (Chairperson), the Board of Directors at WRBH Reading Radio, and the Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (Louisiana Chapter President).
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It was a busy summer for the LA Deafblind Project staff and the Collaborative for Students with Unique Communication Needs faculty preparing for the Connections 2017 conference. The Connections conference was held on August 25 & 26 at the LSUHSC Human Development Center. Over 115 participants attended the conference and represented a variety of professional disciplines. The conference not only offered professional learning opportunities, but, also offered time for professionals to hear directly from a panel of students and families regarding their needs and successes. Shanna Mortensen-Dewsnup kicked off the conference and shared a parent’s personal journey of accepting her child’s diagnosis. We also heard from her very successful and talented son, Brendon Sorensen in both the keynote address and on the consumer panel. Barbara Purvis, former lead on early intervention at NCDB, discussed best practices for early intervention for infants and toddlers with multiple disabilities. The Collaborative faculty and expert co-presenters from the field presented on various topics including; implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Auditory Verbal Therapy, genetics of hearing loss, environmental accommodations for children with hearing loss, assistive technology for people with vision impairments, and writing communication plans. ASL interpreters operating in school settings also heard from Denise Crochet and Alice Jo Brown regarding best practices. Thanks to the planning committee, presenters, consumer panelists, exhibitors, and attendees for a successful and informative conference. Links to copies of the PowerPoints, Handouts and Video Recordings of the sessions can be found here.
LASARD hosted a workshop for their partner districts and schools in the southern part of Louisiana on Friday, September 8th. Over 60 educators and family members attended from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Tangipahoa Parish Schools, St. Tammany Parish Schools, Plaquemines Parish Schools, Algiers Charters, FirstLine Schools, and Collegiate Academies. The focus of the day was on preventative behavior strategies for students with ASD. Attendees participated in small group jigsaw sessions, demonstrations of strategies, and breakout sessions focusing on data collection. The teams also participated in BYOP (Bring Your Own Problem) sessions in which teams presented a challenging problem and other team members brainstormed ideas to solve the problem. Participants noted they enjoyed being able to share with other teams from across the state.
Please read this URGENT plea from Sandee Winchell, Executive Director of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, one of HDC’s partners in advocacy. Originally it was a standalone e-mail message. You can perform the action of forwarding this e-mail by copying and pasting the text of the message.
Dear Friends of the DD Council,
Please help us recruit applicants for the 2018 Class of Partners in Policymaking. The deadline to apply for the 2018 class is Saturday, September 30, 2017 and this deadline will not be extended. Please forward this email to individuals with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities and encourage them to apply for this national leadership training program.
Participants attend one weekend training session in Baton Rouge each month from January through June. Individual sessions are devoted to specific topics presented by nationally-known experts. Sessions begin Friday at 12:00 PM and conclude on Saturday at 3:00 PM. Lodging and meals are provided and travel is reimbursed. Respite and attendant services are also reimbursed for participants who qualify.
To apply for the 2018 Partners in Policymaking class click HERE or contact the Council at 1-800-450-8108. To be considered for the next Partners’ class, completed applications must be received via email, fax or mail no later than September 30, 2017. The next session begins January 2018. Specific dates and topics and more information about the Partners’ program can be found HERE. Contact Rodney Anthony at 800-450-8108 or Rodney.Anthony@la.gov if you have any questions.
The September issue of AUCD’s Nutrition Is for Everyone is out. HDC Nutrition Specialist Lauren Griffiths, who is now full-time at HDC, has been hard at work to develop a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Ms. Griffiths has also been working with Master’s of Public Health student and former educator Lisa Staples (with whom she is pictured) on Staples’ Little Bitty Learning program. The program targets parents of children enrolled in HDC’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership and offers the parents nutrition education as part of the 10-week curriculum required of Early Head Start parents.
On August 25, 2017, the new 2017-2018 trainees and faculty in HDC’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) attended their first seminar of the year featuring guest speaker Al Condeluci, Ph.D. Dr. Condeluci, an internationally recognized expert in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, brought his brand of self-promotion through building social capital to HDC for the second time, and a great conversation was had by all as a premonition of an exciting school year to come for the trainees.
The Louisiana Deafblind Project in conjunction with the Kenner and Harahan Lions Clubs offered ASL and Braille classes to Lions Cub members and their parents over eight weeks this summer. Sign language interpreter, Nicky Gillies, introduced the participants to basic sign language. Project staff, Rose Angelocci, along with Kenneth Lacho from UNO TRAC provided opportunities for participants to explore vision loss, braille, and technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired. We thank the Cubs and their parents for their participation and interest in connecting with People with disabilities in their community.
On Saturday, August 19, the Lions Eye Foundation sponsored a health fair at Lakeside Shopping Center. Attendees were given free vision screenings and information by local service providers including the Louisiana Deafblind Project. We were happy to have the Lions Cubs who participated in our summer ASL and Braille classes visit our booth. Even the Lions’ mascot also showed his support for the fair.
Dr. Conni Patterson was posthumously honored by the Louisiana Psychological Association for her service to our community and to the profession of psychology. She was a leader in state and national associations.
Dr. Constance Kendrick Patterson, extraordinary school psychologist, died on July 8, 2017 after a short, intense struggle to overcome renal cancer. She prided herself on her strength as a woman and a professional and fought the disease as long as she could. Dr. Patterson had a distinguished career during which she mentored more than a hundred professionals and influenced countless others. She began her career as a clinician in Illinois providing services to children and families. She completed a Ph.D. in school psychology at Illinois State University in 1995 with research on children with emotional disturbance and an internship at the Human Development Center (HDC), LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish Schools. She joined the faculty of the Human Development Center as Coordinator of the Louisiana School Psychology Internship Consortium in 1997, supervising the program for eight years. During that time, she carefully shaped training to model effective and ethical practices of interns. Those interns now practice as school psychologists throughout the U.S. She joined the staff of the National Center for Special Education Accountability Monitoring at HDC in 2005 providing technical assistance to states.
In 2007, Dr. Patterson joined the faculty of Walden University teaching classes in school psychology and supervising students. She also conducted an active independent practice and supervised school psychology interns. In 2011, she joined the faculty of Tulane University’s and rose to Coordinator of the School Psychology program. Dr. Patterson developed special expertise in cross-cultural competence emphasizing generational and gender diversity.
Throughout her career she was active in professional organization service in a number of roles. She was a past president of the Louisiana School Psychological Association, a state delegate for the National Association of School Psychologists, and the Executive Council of the Louisiana Psychological Association. She also served as an investigator for the Louisiana Board of Examiners of School Psychologists. Dr. Patterson mentored countless school psychologists, teachers, school administrators, and families experiencing challenges. At her passing, many people reached out with stories of how Conni served as an inspirational role model of ethical and family-focused practice. She was an active member of the Algiers Point community in New Orleans supporting the arts, music, and people in need. No one can adequately capture or describe the breadth of her reach and influence on the practice of school psychology and her spirit of reaching out to others.
During her illness, Conni was supported by her school psychology family and close friends who maintained communication with Conni’s many friends, colleagues, and her family in Virginia. All involved are grateful for mutual support and for Conni’s relief from suffering.
Conni is survived by her mother, Lorena McCann, her daughter Melanie Hoerner (husband Jerry), her 3 grandchildren, Jared, Caleb and Marley, her sisters, Jean Kindrick, Becky Gibson, Trish Lutz, and Stacey Moffet, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial school psychology internship fund has been established in her name with the LSU Health Foundation New Orleans (2000 Tulane Avenue, 4th Floor, New Orleans, LA 70112). Donations should be addressed to the Dr. Conni Patterson Scholarship Fund, c/o www.lspaonline.org.
The model for HDC’s PAY Check Pilot Project was presented this past June at the National APSE (Association for Persons Supporting Employment First, www.apse.org) Conference in Portland, Oregon. The presenters are pictured here in Portland overlooking the Hawthorne Bridge and include: Sue Killam, Nicole Kiernan, Amarachi Ukachu, Rebecca Ellis and Philip Wilson. The highlight of the presentation was the successes of the current students who are now all working at the University Medical Center in New Orleans. The PowerPoint can be found here. The presentation concluded with the video below showcasing the students.
The ABLE National Resource Center, managed by National Disability Institute (NDI), is excited to congratulate the State of Louisiana on becoming the 23rd state to launch an ABLE program. The Louisiana ABLE program, named LA ABLE, will be managed by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LAOFSA) and the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority (LATTA). Louisiana ABLE Accounts will only be available to eligible Louisiana residents with disabilities.
LA ABLE allows qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year in an ABLE account without jeopardizing their eligibility for federally-funded means tested benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. The funds in the account can be used for disability-related expenses that assist the beneficiary in increasing and/or maintaining his or her health, independence or quality of life.
For more information on the LA ABLE program and how to enroll, please visit www.able.osfa.la.gov.