Follow-up to CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference

The Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth in partnership with the Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program presented the CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference September 14 & 15, 2018 at the LSU Health Sciences Center, Human Development Center.  A total of 210 educational and allied health professionals, education/allied health students, and parents attended across the two-day conference and enjoyed a variety of guest speakers and topics which included featured speakers Dr. Carol Flexor and Dr. Steven Collins. 

Click here to read more and to access links to handouts, photos & videos.

LASARD High School Workshop: Tips and Tools for High School Success

How can we prepare our children or students with ASD for success in high school…not just academically, but also socially and behaviorally? What about preparing them for the challenges of community living?  Connect with other high school educators and family members from across the state as we address these questions.

This workshop, geared to high school professionals and family members, will provide information and strategies for developing classroom supports, teaching self-regulation strategies, writing and implementing functional behavior intervention plans, and exploring relevant resources.  Please make plans to join us!

  • This workshop will be held on November 13, 2018 in Natchitoches and November 15, 2018 in New Orleans. 
  • •Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:00, and the workshop will run from 9:00 to 3:00 with a break for lunch. 
  • The workshop is free and open to anyone interested until all seats are taken.
  •  CEUs will be provided.

Click below for more information and to register for the Natchitoches workshop.

Click below for more information and to register for the New Orleans workshop.


  • Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457
  • HDC

Wilbert Johnson: WILLing to Work

Former HDC PAY Check participant and Rooted in Rights campaign participant Wilbert “Will” Johnson at Audubon Zoo. October is National Disability Awareness Month.

Former HDC PAY Check participant and Rooted in Rights campaign participant Wilbert “Will” Johnson, with help from HDC employee Lauren Griffiths, was featured in a new video from Rooted in Rights in regard to his current work at Audubon Zoo. Please join him and all the HDC staff and former trainees in celebrating National Disability Awareness Month this October.

Registration open for Louisiana APSE 2018 Employment First Symposium!

The one-day symposium will be held 
October 24th, 8 am – 5 pm at the East Baton Rouge Main Library
7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, 70806
This conference provides an opportunity for LRS and Medicaid employment providers to gain information about the current state of employment policies in Louisiana.
CEU and CRC credits will be available.

Registration and information are available online at:

WHERE: East Baton Rouge Parish Library ( 7711 Goodwood Blvd, Baton Rouge, 70806

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM


Join Northshore Families Helping Families for their 6th annual Touch a Truck Day

Join NFHF for a family fun day where all kids have the opportunity to see, touch, and interact with dozens of community vehicles! Along with the vehicles, there will be food, music, and games!

  • $6 per person
  • $25 for group/family of 5
  • Kids under 2 are free!

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.

WHERE: Church of the King Parking Lot, 22205 Little King Rd, Mandeville, LA



DeafEd Twitter Chat

Join us for the #DeafEd Chat on Twitter this Thursday! We will be discussing "Preparing Deaf Youth for Postsecondary…

Posted by National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes on Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Online Disabled & Proud Conference for College Students with Disabilities

Disabled & Proud: Leading Change

The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) and the DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring) student group are proud to announce:

2018 Disabled & Proud Conference: Leading Change
An online conference for college students with disabilities
October 11-13, 2018

All college students with disabilities and culturally Deaf students are welcome, as well as students with chronic mental and physical health conditions, and students with intellectual disabilities who are auditing or in transition programs.  Nondisabled student allies are invited, too! 

For more information, visit  

WHERE: Online


AUCD Advocacy Specialist Speaks on the Rights of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

C-Span has a clip of Ms. Elizabeth Weintraub, AUCD Senior Advocacy Specialist, speaking at the Supreme Court Confirmation hearing of Judge Kavanaugh on the rights of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Social Success at School: We’re Included, Now What?

Students with ASD are increasingly included in daily school activities. These daily school activities center around social interaction. Recess, lunch, hallway transitions, before or after school, clubs and extracurricular activities – once students with ASD are included, these are prime opportunities to teach and support social skill acquisition. This webinar will provide strategies that can be implemented in naturalistic environments to help students with ASD go beyond inclusion to experiencing social success.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018, 2:00–3:00 PM


Everyone Wants to Be Included!

Do you remember a time that you were excluded from a social group or activity when you were in school? How did that make you feel? Isolated, anxious, frustrated, lonely, or depressed? To be excluded from a social group or activity can bring up negative feelings and emotions that can be prevented with the implementation of individualized supports and/or strategies. Educators can step in to support positive social interactions and prevent social isolation. Join us to learn different strategies on how to include students with ASD in school activities and build a sense of community with their peers.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect