June 2018

SAVE THE DATES September 14 & 15 for Connections 2018

The third annual Connections 2018 Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, September 14 – 15 at the Human Development Center (411 South Prieur St, NOLA). It is being sponsored by the Louisiana Deafblind Project, Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Program, and the Collaborative for Students with Unique Communication Needs. Featured topics include Mild Hearing Loss, Theory of Mind, Pro-Tactile Communication, and Communication Matrix. Registration Information will be forthcoming, please email ladbp@lsuhsc.edu for more information.

Save the Dates September 14 & 15 for Connections 2018 Flyer

Louisiana Department of Education Town Hall June 6: Meet the Finalists for Superintendents of Special School District

You are invited to meet the finalists for the Superintendent Position of the Louisiana Special School District (SSD) on Wednesday, June 6th from 5:30-6:30 at the Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired. During this event the finalists will share their vision for the SSD and answer additional questions presented by LDOE staff and BESE members.  It is open to the public and will be live streamed for anyone who is unable to attend. Link: https://livestream.com/LouisianaBelieves/SSD

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) recently outlined a new vision for the Louisiana Special School District (SSD) which included redesigning the role of the Superintendent of the SSD.  This event is an opportunity for community members to meet the finalists. Click here for more information.

New Supported Employment Training Calendar

Louisiana APSE logoHDC Employment Initiatives have updated the Supported Employment Training Calendar for 2018, which includes both the 40 Hour Core Training Certificate and Continuing Education for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers.

Note that the June session is right around the corner and that the price of training is going up after this June session.  There is now a discount for Louisiana APSE members, as the training is co-sponsored by Louisiana ASPE. Please email Laura Stazio at lstazi@lsuhsc.edu if you have any questions.
40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training Certificate
for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers
  • New Orleans at LSU HDC – June 12-14, 2018
  • Baton Rouge – August 21-23, 2018
  • Lafayette – Sept 18-20, 2018
  • New Orleans – October 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2018
  • Shreveport – Jan 15-17, 2019


LASARD June 2018 Newsletter

Check out the LASARD June 2018 Newsletter!

Highlights: The LASARD Project hosted two workshops for their partner and alumni districts in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th. The Alumni Workshop focused on the teams creating a sustainability plan and hearing what other alumni districts across the state are doing to sustain LASARD practices after graduating. Team Workshop 3 focused on celebrating the accomplishments and sharing ideas for moving forward.  Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018: Algiers Charter, Collegiate Academies, and Tangipahoa Parish.