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Governor Edwards Proclaims October "Disability Employment Awareness Month"

Gov. John Bel Edwards proclaimed October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month” in Louisiana. In collaboration with Louisiana Workforce Commission and Families Helping Families, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs will be traveling the state on an Employment First Tour, beginning October 10 in Lafayette. This is an opportunity for the office to host roundtable discussions regarding the integrated, competitive employment for people with disabilities. See the video message from Louisiana Governor Edwards for National Disability Employment Awareness Month:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OceKZBLC4UM.

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“Disability Employment Awareness Month is a great way to emphasize the importance of the contributions of persons with disabilities in moving Louisiana forward,” said Gov. Edwards. “Our businesses and communities can greatly benefit from the integrated, competitive employment of persons with disabilities.” To illustrate the benefits and commitment to having an inclusive work culture, various activities are being held throughout Louisiana. Below are activities from across the state to illustrate the benefits and our commitment to having an inclusive work culture.

Employment First Roundtables will be held on the following dates:

  • October 10       8:00am        Lafayette                  Heymann Convention Center, 1373 College Road
  • October 12     12:00pm        Lake Charles            Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive
  • October 13     10:00am        Monroe                     Public Safety Center, 1810 Martin Luther King Jr Drive
  • October 16     12:15pm        New Orleans            Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive
  • October 20     10:00am        Covington                 Northshore Pastoral Center, 4465 Hwy 190 E Service Road
  • October 24     10:00am        Gray                         Terrebonne Parish Library, 4130 W Park Avenue
  • October 27     10:00am        Pineville                    Main Street Community Center, 708 Main Street
  • October 31     12:15pm        Shreveport                Wyndham Garden Inn, 1419 East 70th Street

A calendar for the Diversity Job fairs being held across the state can be found here. Also, the topic for GOV Talks this month will be Employment First, and it will be held in the Press Room of the 4th floor of Louisiana's State Capitol on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at 11 am. To RSVP please email Jolan.Jolivette@la.gov. For more information, click here. 

 

Visit National APSE's Legislative Advocacy Center to Stay Informed About Federal Legislation

National APSE has just added a Legislative Advocacy Center to their website to help provide a strong voice for federal programs and legislation that support Employment First. There is also a special Action Center page for information on Medicaid Legislation. Please use these pages to learn more about how to make a difference.

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CESP Exam Coming to Louisiana November 8th

Louisiana APSE and Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (LaDDC)
will host a CESP Exam to be held
Wednesday Nov 8, 2017; 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Main Branch Room 102

7711 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge LA

Click Here to Apply for the CESP
Don't Delay! The CESP Registration Deadline for Baton Rouge is Tuesday Oct 24.
The fee to take the exam is $159; however LaDDC will cover $50 of the exam cost for the first 10 applicants. (See Registration Form for details.)

The Certified Employment Support Professional (CESP) is the first national certification program for Employment Support Professions. To learn more about the CESP, watch the CESP Informational Webinar or visit the website Preparing for CESP Exam.

For Employment Support Professionals, CESP certification has the following benefits:

  • Increases your marketing edge with employers and businesses
  • Assures the public and consumers of your commitment to best practices
  • Validates your commitment to ethical and safety standards

To assist those taking the exam, LSU Human Development Center (HDC) will have
Supported Employment CORE Refresher Class on Thursday, October 12 in New Orleans
See below for 5.0 Hour SE Training Dates to register (includes Certificate for 5.0 Hours of Continuing Education)

 

2017%204:07:44%20PMNew 5.0 Hour Training on Alternative Employment Supports Funding

Has your employment program been relying on LRS to fund initial employment supports?

Learn how to access alternative methods to fund employment services.
Discover 3 additional funding opportunities for Supported Employment Services:

  • Ticket To Work
  • Medicaid Waiver
  • PASS Plan

This clinic will provide you with the tools and tips to begin billing for employment supports from new funding sources.
You will leave with at least one application initiated and ready to be completed. This training counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD and CESP renewal accreditation; and is co-sponsored by Louisiana APSE.

  •  New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street)

    • Thursday, December 7, 2017
       

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

 

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.)

  • Shreveport at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, 800 W. 70th Street:  

    • January 9-11, 2018

  • Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue:  

    • January 16 - 18, 2018

 

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

 

5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training

These training classes, so-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:

    • Thursday, October 12, 2017 - SE Core Refresher

    • Thursday, Dec 7, 2017 - SE Alternate Funding Opportunities

  • Shreveport at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, 800 W. 70th Street:

    • Tuesday, January 9, 2018 - SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, January 11, 2018 - SE Job Site Training & Benefits

  • Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue:

    • Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 - SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, Jan 17, 2018 - SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, Jan 18, 2018 - SE Job Site Training & Benefits

 

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

 

RSA Announcement: Frequently Asked Questions on Competitive Integrated Employment

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to publish Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment.” This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)).  The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.

Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment” FAQ

 

Medicaid Expansion Tied To Employment Among People With Disabilities

Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid coverage to people living just above the poverty line may be responsible for more disabled people getting jobs, according to a recent study.

Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) - also known as Obamacare - was passed in 2010, people with disabilities and low-income jobs were often unable to afford their expensive medical care. So many chose unemployment in order to be poor enough to qualify for Medicaid coverage, researchers report in the American Journal of Public Health. Read the full article from The Huffington Post here

 

WIOA Assessment Tool

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity for the public workforce system to transform and improve the quality of life for job seekers and workers through an integrated, job-driven system that links diverse talent to our nation's businesses.

The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively. OPEN QSAP

 

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