November 2017

PAY Check Strikes GOLD!

LSUHSC Human Development Center PAY Check nominated the UMC-New Orleans for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Employer of the Year award because of their disability employment initiative which most recently included the LSU Health Human Development Center Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (Pay Check).  The PAY Check pilot is an innovative collaboration between the LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, two public school systems, one public Charter school association, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMC-NO). Pay Check is a 3-5 semester program wherein students select courses at Delgado Community College related to UMC targeted apprenticeship areas, participate in professional career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through a paid apprenticeship at the University Medical Center. On November 15, 2017, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, PAY Check counselor Rebecca Ellis presented the GOLD Employer of the Year Award to Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at UMC-NO.

HDC at AUCD Conference

HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017
HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017

From November 5 to November 8, 2017, HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attended the annual AUCD Conference in Washington, DC. The conference brings programs together from across the nation to discuss the strategies, innovations, and systems that support people with disabilities and their families. Two HDC employees made poster presentations: Michael C. Norman in the Deaf, Blind, and Deafblind Special Interest Group and Lauren Griffiths in a concurrent session detailing the success of Nutrition Is for Everyone in Louisiana.

Say What?! Exploring AAC

Live from the LSUHSC AAC Center! It is Thursday afternoon with Brittney Wright Peters! Join us as we discuss augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment considerations and explore AAC systems hands-on!


This webinar is geared toward new and seasoned educators and family members seeking more information on augmentative and alternative communication devices.

LADBP Teaches Sign Language and Braille Skills Through Free Courses

This fall LADBP staff offered two courses to teach participants sign language or braille skills to enhance their abilities to communicate with individuals with hearing or visual disabilities. Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture was held at the LSU Human Development Center and attended by several students enrolled in LSU School of Allied Health professions programs as well as individuals from community agencies. Introduction to Braille was offered in both an in-person or online format and was attended by educators, paraeducators, and family members of individuals with vision loss.  . The in-person class was offered in collaboration with the UNO Training, Resource, and Assistive-Technology Center with classes held on the UNO campus. If you are interested in attending future classes in these topics, send an email of interest to Rose Angelocci at to be notified of upcoming opportunities.

Fair vs. Equal: Supporting All Students’ Needs

Accommodations and modifications are available in a variety of settings, not just a school environment. Just think if you go out to eat at restaurant with a younger child. If the server offers the child a booster seat, then the server is providing the child with an accommodation to reach the table. Then the server hands an adult menu to you and a kid’s menu to the child. The server is providing the child with a modification of the menu. Accommodations and modifications are both meant to help the individual, but they accomplish this in different ways. In this webinar, we will explain the difference between an accommodation and modification, describe different types of each, and then apply a strategy to an assignment to help the student access the general education curriculum.

Bottom Dollars Movie Screening

Bottom Dollar Flyer

The Advocacy Center and Human Development Center CAC present

Bottom Dollars

A free screening of an original documentary exposing the exploitation of people with disabilities seeking fair employment

December 14th, 2017 6:30PM–8:30PM

LSUHSC Human Development Center

411 S Prieur St, Room 130, New Orleans, LA 70112

Please RSVP to Mauricio LeSage at