August 2018

Autism in the Context of Ableism: Culture, Identity, and Quality of Life

Ableism is the systematic discrimination against people with disabilities. It may be reflected through overt actions or through structures, unconscious prejudices or inaccessible systems that prevent the full involvement, inclusion and agency of people with disabilities. In the context of autism, ableism often takes the form of excluding Autistic people from positions of leadership, responsibility and decision-making in autism service-provision, research and policy contexts.

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WHERE: Online

WHEN:

  • Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 1:00–2:00 PM
  • Friday, October 5, 2018, 1:00–2:30 PM
  • Monday, October 29, 2018, 1:00–2:30 PM

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CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference September 14 & 15

The third annual CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference is to be held Friday and Saturday, September 14 – 15 at the Human Development Center (411 South Prieur St, NOLA).  This two-day interprofessional conference is for families, professionals, and advocates who support individuals with deafness, blindness, and deafblindness. There is no charge for the conference which includes Parking, Continental Breakfast & Lunch both days, and an Evening Reception with Vendor Exhibits on Friday.  CONNECTIONS 2018 is being sponsored by the Louisiana Deafblind Project, Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program (EHDI), and the Collaborative for Students with Unique Communication Needs. Featured topics include Theory of Mind and Mild Hearing Losses, Pro-Tactile Communication, Genetics, Orientation & Mobility, Genetics, Caretaking, Ethics, and Technology Update. Additional information is available in the CONNECTIONS 2018 Flyer and in CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference FAQ.

limited number of $50.00 stipends for Childcare/Transportation costs are available to Parents of Children who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing/Blind. Please contact Margaret Berry for details at Margaret.Berry@la.gov or 504-439-1901.  ASL Interpreting will be available. For any other Accommodations Requests, Dietary Restrictions, or questions, please email ladbp@lsuhsc.edu.

CEUs will be available from AAC Institute (IACET), AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language, and Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, Inc.

Register at Eventbrite “CONNECTIONS 2018 Conference”.

WHERE: HDC

WHEN:

  • Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 AM–6:00 PM
  • Saturday, September 15, 2018, 8:00 AM–4:30 PM

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CAC Member Dewain Baldwin Works to Build Connections in New Orleans

Self-advocate and HDC CAC member Dewain Baldwin understands the importance of making connections and having a support network around you. That’s why he co-founded Colorful Connections Nola with a friend in 2017. Dewain describes Colorful Connections as a social group for young adults with autism and other disabilities that strives to be inclusive of all people. The group organizes regular meetups that range from coffee shop meetings to board game and bowling nights. Dewain is passionate about growing the group because it will increase access to fun social events and recreational activities for people with disabilities. The group is open to everyone, and he encourages people without disabilities to come take part in the fun, as well. More information about the group can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

Dewain Baldwin joined HDC CAC in March, 2018. He helps advise HDC and sape its mission and programs. He has a special interest in the Transition, Employment, and Community (TEC) initiatives area. He is also a long-time member of the Orleans Parish People First chapter.

A Free Screening and Panel Discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope

HDC Resilience Flyer

The HDC CAC presents a free screening and panel discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. This expository documentary explores the effect of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) on long term health and the path to adopting trauma-informed approaches. A panel discussion focusing on the films relevance to the development of disability will follow. Speakers will include experts from the Human Development Center, LSU Health, and the Louisiana Bureau of Family Health.

WHERE: HDC First Floor Auditorium

WHEN:

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Introduction to ASL/Deaf Culture

WHERE: HDC

WHEN: August 28, 2018–October 23, 2018

DAYS AND TIMES:

  • Tuesdays, 04:45–06:00 PM

Alleviating the Guesswork: Teaching Critical Communication Skills

Do you have students or children who take your hand and push or pull you to indicate there is something they want but you have no idea which thing it could be? Do you find yourself having to guess and often guessing wrong, only adding to the frustration? Being able to ask for a specific item is one of the most basic and critical communication skills for all learners to develop. Critical communication skills are those skills that are essential for day-to-day living and unless mastered, can lead to unexpected and disruptive behaviors. This webinar will discuss 9 critical communication skills, evidence based strategies for teaching them and provide examples of visual supports that can be utilized to support learning and independence.

LASARD Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested. 

CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect

WHEN:

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Prevention is Key! Identify and Implement Antecedent Behavior Interventions Before There Is A Crisis

When we consider the characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) it is easier to understand why it may be difficult for a student with ASD to organize their daily expectations, manage anxiety, and successfully utilize the stress management skills needed to complete necessary tasks within their daily routine. Antecedent Behavior Interventions are individualized strategies that take these characteristics into consideration and can prevent interfering behavior from occurring by modifying the environment and changing the conditions. In this webinar, we will introduce the critical pieces of Antecedent Behavior Interventions that you will need to plan for and incorporate when addressing individualized behavior challenges.

LASARD Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested. 

CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour.

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect

WHEN:

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Does Your Classroom Have “Good Bones?”

A Classroom with Good Bones

“This classroom has good bones!” So what does good bones mean, exactly? In real estate, a house with good bones means it has a floor plan that is well thought out and meets the needs of the people who occupy it. Just like houses, all classrooms, general and special education, can have good bones. This can be accomplished by creating a classroom layout that is visually clear and by incorporating basic, essential visual supports that help students with ASD navigate their environment, get and stay organized and participate more fully and independently in activities throughout their day. In this webinar we will explore different ways to structure your classroom environment, share visual supports that will benefit every student in your classroom and provide you with a tool you can use to evaluate your own environment.

LASARD Webinars are offered live online via Adobe Connect. These one hour sessions are free and open to anyone interested. 

CEUs are provided to those who are online for the entire hour.

WHERE: https://events-na12.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/1278269447/en/events/event/shared/default_template_simple/event_registration.html?sco-id=1969464923

WHEN:

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CESP Scholarships Available

CESP Logo

CESP Logo

Establish yourself as a Certified Employment Support  Professional! There are a small number of scholarships available from the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (LA DDC) to take the CESP during the next testing window of October 1-7, and applications will be accepted beginning on Aug 27.  If you are interested in the scholarship, contact Laura Stazio at lstazi@lsuhsc.edu before August 27. For more information about the CESP, see the benefits of certification on the APSE website.

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council Logo

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council Logo

Updated LSU HDC Supported Employment Training Calendar

Louisiana APSE logoHDC Employment Initiatives have recently 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. Trainings are cosponsored by the Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA APSE).

40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training Certificate
for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers
  • Baton Rouge – Sept 18-20, 2018
  • New Orleans – October 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2018
  • Shreveport – Dec 11-13, 2018