CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” announces Milestone Tracker app

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program is pleased to announce the launch of its newest resource– the Milestone Tracker mobile app!


CDC's Free Milestone Tracker AppThis new app makes it easy for parents and other care providers to track, support and celebrate young children’s developmental milestones, as well as share this important information.

Although it is packed with parent-friendly features, this app isn’t just for parents! Healthcare providers can use the app to assist with developmental surveillance as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and early care and education providers can use the app to better understand their students’ skills and abilities and to engage families in monitoring developmental progress.


The Milestone Tracker app features

  • parent-friendly, interactive milestone checklists for ages 2 months through 5 years,
  • photos and videos that illustrate milestones,
  • personalized milestone summaries that can be easily shared with the child’s healthcare provider and others,
  • tips and activities for supporting early development, including what to do if there’s a concern, and
  • reminders for appointments and recommended developmental screening.


Download the app today from the App Store or Google Play (search “CDC’s Milestone Tracker”) and learn more about the app by visiting


To hear more about the app’s unique features, receive tips on how to use the app to boost family engagement around developmental monitoring and screening, and get ideas for promoting the app in your community, register for the fall Act Early Webinar “CDC’s New Milestone Tracker: There’s an App for That!” , taking place on November 29th from 3pm to 4pm ET.


*WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread the word in your community and across your networks!

We urge you copy and share ready-to-use promotional language and images from the samples below, or email for the complete marketing toolkit with additional newsletter samples, images, web buttons, flyers, and more—tailored for parents, healthcare or early care and education providers.


2017 La DD Council Conference: Raising Expectations: Employment for ALL!

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Crowne Plaza Executive Center
4728 Constitution Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA
8:45am – 3:30pm
(Check-in and Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 8:45am)

Registration costs are listed below and cover admission to all plenary and breakout sessions, continental breakfast, and lunch. Space is limited. Register by October 31, 2017.

  • $20 Individual with a Developmental Disability (DD)
  • $20 Parent / Family Member of an individual with a DD
  • $0 Direct Support Worker accompanying an individual with DD
  • $50 Professional/Other


A very limited number of stipends are available to individuals with DD and/or their parents who otherwise would not be able to participate in this conference. To apply for a stipend, send a request explaining your need with your contact information to


HDC Webmaster Stuart Simon on WWL TV

On Friday, October 20, 2017, HDC Webmaster Stuart Simon was featured on Channel 4 WWL’s Eyewitness News at 6, part of Inclusion Day as proclaimed by Gov. Edwards. Watch the segment here and read Stuart’s bio here.


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:

“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.

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.govFor more information, click here.


Supported Employment: Core Refresher Training and CESP Exam

LSU Human Development Center (HDC) is offering a one-day training:
Supported Employment CORE Refresher Class
Thursday, October 12
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur St, Room #452, New Orleans

This training offers a review of the fundamentals of Supported Employment (covered in the 40 Hour Core Class)
and includes a Certificate for 5.0 Hours of Continuing Education.
It is offered to assist those taking the CESP Exam to held November 8th in Baton Rouge.
To register, see HDC’s Employment Website under 5.0 Hour SE Training Dates


The Employment Support Professional Certification (CESP) Exam is hosted by Louisiana APSE and Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (LaDDC):
Wednesday, November 8th
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
East Baton Rouge Parish Library
Main Branch Room 102
7711 Goodwood Boulevard, Baton Rouge

Click Here to Apply for the CESP
Note the CESP Registration Deadline for Baton Rouge is October 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.)

About the CESP: 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

For more information about either the training or the CESP exam, email


Nutrition Is for Everyone October 2017

The Louisiana project will have four inclusive Cooking Matters courses underway during the month of October. One course is being hosted by an Arc of Metairie, and Arc staff have been trained to act as instructors. A second course is being hosted by Helping Hands of New Orleans, a home care agency that will teach the nutrition and culinary lessons to their staff and clients side by side. Staff and clients will learn how to not only improve their own nutrition behaviors individually but will learn how to work together to ensure clients are part of the cooking- and nutrition-related decision-making processes in their homes. A third course will be offered in partnership with the LSUHSC Department of Family Medicine and will be taught by trained medical students enrolled in a nutrition elective course. Students will learn how to engage in real-world nutrition counseling with community members, both with and without disabilities. Finally, a fourth class will be offered in partnership with the Louisiana UCEDD’s Pay Check program, a transition program for young adults with disabilities. Pay Check students will enroll in the Cooking Matters classes alongside their peers at the community college they attend.

The Louisiana project also provided Second Harvest Food Bank with informational materials related to disability and food insecurity to be provided to state policymakers at their presentation on debunking myths around food bank use at the end of September. The materials highlighted research that shows that people with disabilities and their families are at greater risk of economic hardship and therefore greater risk for periods of food insecurity. The Louisiana project is also exploring ways to advocate for improved Complete Streets policies in the New Orleans area in order to ensure people with disabilities are able to access health and nutrition-related resources.

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LASARD October 2017 Newsletter