Louisiana Gubernatorial Panel on Disability 2023

On September 19th, the Arc of Louisiana hosted a gubernatorial panel for candidates to answer questions on disability focused topics so that the community can have a more informed understanding of the candidates’ stance and potential policy initiatives.

LEND Scholar and Self-Advocate Jakeel Abdullah broke down the panel’s questions. Hear what candidates Shawn Wilson (D), Stephen Waguespack (R), Hunter Lundy (I), Richard Nelson (R), John Schroder (R), and Sharon Hewitt (R) had to say.

The governor’s primary election is set for Saturday, October 14. Early voting is available now until Saturday, October 7th.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. ODEP has chosen “Advancing Access and Equity” as this year’s theme for NDEAM.

View an animated video that explores the spirit of NDEAM and ways you can celebrate.

For ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit NDEAM.

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans offering Lunch and Learn Series: Introduction to Work for Young Adults and Their Families

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans: Supporting All Disabilities

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans is offering free educational webinars for youth, parents & professionals scheduled for all Thursdays in September at 12:00-1:00 PM.

The Schedule is as follows: 

DateTitle (Click for Registration Link)
Key Resources and Skills to Ensure Career Planning Success
Key Laws That Support Youth and Career Readiness
An Overview of Key Employment Skills
An Overview of Resources to Support the Development of Skills from the Working Independently, Here We Come Checklist

HDC can make the April Dunn Act pathway possible for your school!

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) offers a new alternative path to graduation for students with disabilities!

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Ticket to Work Program Information Session

Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits?

  • What is the Ticket to Work Program, and how can I participate?
  • Can I receive Social Security disability benefits while I’m working?
  • What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and does it apply to me?

This month’s Ticket to Work WISE webinar answers the top 5 questions about working while you’re receiving disability benefits on August 23 at 3 p.m. ET.

Register for WISE Webinar

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Louisiana FASD Summit: Thank you!

A message from HDC Director Philip Wilson, Ph.D.

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HDC’s IPP scholars chosen for poster presentation at 2023 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Conference

Scholars Madison Humphries and Mary Katherine Hadden of HDC’s Interprofessional Preparation Program (IPP) were chosen to present at the 2023 OSEP Combined Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference on July 24-26 in Arlington, VA.

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New courses from HDC faculty available across LSUHSC schools

HDC faculty members Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CWIC and Nicky Gillies, MSNIC formed brand-new courses available to all LSUHSC students in the fall 2023 semester.

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