Advocacy Center, Inc.
The Advocacy Center (AC) is Louisiana's protection and advocacy system mandated by Federal law to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities. AC is also funded by the state to provide legal assistance to people residing in nursing homes in Louisiana, as well as to residents, 60 years and older, of Orleans, Plaquemines, Allen, and Calcasieu Parishes (counties); and to advocate for the rights of group home and nursing home residents. Among the diverse services offered are legal representation, information and referral, outreach and training.
Counseling Kids: A Guide to School Psychology
School psychologists work not only with students but also with their families, teachers, administrators and community providers. Some examples of how school psychologists make a difference in children’s lives include: helping students with learning problems such as dyslexia; helping student’s to cope with family and life stressors such as divorce; and helping students with behavior problems such as bullying.
Cornucopia of Disability Information - CODI
Areas of information include education, directories and databases, statistics, government documents, computer access, legal publications, web sites, bibliographic references, aging, politics, universal design, and announcements.
Data Accountability Center
To inform website visitors about the activities, products, and other results in the areas of EIS/RtI, Family Involvement, and National & State Data.
Disability Information and Resources
This is an extensive site that leads you to mailing lists, news groups, web sites, government listings. Assistive technology resources are included.
Do-It Internet Resources
DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) serves to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs such as those in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. Primary funding for DO-IT is provided by the National Science Foundation, the State of Washington, and the U.S. Department of Education.
ERRIS (Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South)
Under the direction of Dr. James A. Blackman, MD, MPH of the University of Virginia, Enhancing Rehabilitation Research in the South (ERRIS) is designed to provide an infrastructure that will increase the quality and quantity of rehabilitation research in the region. All etiologies and age groups are included, although there is a relative focus on central nervous system injury and pediatric through young adult populations.
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of people from every region of the state who are appointed by the governor to develop and implement a five year plan to address the needs of persons with disabilities. Membership includes persons with developmental disabilities, parents, advocates, professionals, and representatives from public and private agencies.
Louisiana Citizens for Action Now (LaCAN)
Advocating for individualized community supports for Louisiana citizens who experience developmental disabilities LaCAN is a statewide grassroots network of individuals and families who have worked together since 1988 advocating for a system that supports individuals to live in their own homes rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services. Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana's Community and Family Support System Plan
The National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD)
The NCPAD website is an information source on physical activity and disability that emphasizes physical activity for “every body”. It provides research articles on disability and exercise as well as disability‐specific recommendations for performing a wide variety of activities including skiing, yoga, golf, and swimming to name a few. There is a list of organizations for every state so that you can identify options in your area. There are video clips that show examples of adapted sports performed by people with disabilities. Furthermore, there is a link to address recommended guidelines for specific disabilities and nutritional needs including general information, such as an interactive guide to reading nutrition labels.
Mathematica Disability Research Review
Mathematica Policy Research has released an
easy-to-understand info-graphic review of their 2011 research. See
page 3 of the document for a summary of their disability findings,
including findings on educational achievement and employment.
Higher Education and Disability: Improved Federal Enforcement
Needed to Better Protect Students' Rights to Testing Accommodations
This Government Accountability Office (GAO) report
found that, in higher education entrance exams, many students with
disabilities found accommodation requests difficult to understand or
unreasonable, while testing companies reported challenges with ensuring
fairness to all test takers and maintaining the reliability of their
tests. The GAO recommended that the Department of Justice take
steps to develop a strategic approach to accommodation enforcement.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities
NICHCY offers a wealth of information on disabilities and serves the nation as a central source of information on:
Disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth,
IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education,
No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities), and
Research-based information on effective educational practices
and Assistive Technology Society
of North America
RESNA is a professional society for individuals and organizations interested in technology and disability. RESNA contributes to the public welfare through scientific, literary, professional and educational activities by supporting the development, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and practice pertaining to rehabilitation and assistive technology so that all citizens can achieve the highest quality of life.
School Psychology Resources for Psychologists, Parents and Educators
With over 1000 annotated links, this website offers a valuable directory of online resources in the broad and burgeoning field of school psychology. Resources are divided into two broad categories: Specific Conditions, Disorders, and Disabilities, and Other Information
The Arc of the United States is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related disabilities and their families. We are devoted to promoting and improving the quality of services for consumers and families. We believe TheArcLink.org puts information about services in the hands of those who need it most and is a powerful way to get information directly to the consumer. It gives people the tools they need to make informed choices.
A publication of Louisiana Tri * ADD, (i.e., the Louisiana UCEDD, DD Council, and P&A) promoting independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration desired by people with disabilities.
is a comprehensive Web site database featuring extensive information about thousands of different medications and drugs currently on the market or previously available worldwide. DrugWatch.com includes up-to-date information about prescription and over-the-counter medications and includes details about associated side effects to aid in the protection of patients and consumers.
Review of Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) for Individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorder
The focus in this issue of Policy Research Brief is
on the extent to which states have included people with ASD in their
Home and Community Based Services Medicaid waiver programs, the programs
that have, in recent decades, been the primary source of funding support
for individuals with intellectual disabilities and related conditions
(such as ASD, cerebral palsy, and others) who are living in the
community. This Policy Research Brief reports findings of a study
that gathered data in 2009-2010 on how people with ASD are being served
across states in HCBS, and discusses implications for providing services
and supports for this growing population in the future.