December 2018

Louisiana Ranked Eighth for Early Education System

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) has ranked Louisiana No. 8 in the nation for creating a coordinated and integrated early care and education (ECE) program. In Louisiana, the Early Childhood Education Act of 2012 subsumes five early education programs under one agency and mandates a quality rating system for all public ECE providers. Despite the ranking, Louisiana continues to rank poorly in the number of children who can access these resources.

Sonjia Joseph on WBOK-AM

Sonjia Joseph, the director of Clara’s Little Lambs in Algiers and a trainee in HDC’s LEND program in fiscal year 2018 (academic year 2017-18), was the guest star of the episode of On The Move with Kyundra Joi that aired on December 10. Ms. Joseph talked about being the second-generation director of Clara’s Little Lambs and the advantages and disadvantages of being located on the West Bank.

HDC Quarterly Report to the DD Council

HDC’s quarterly report to the DD Council was exceptionally well written.

Managing Students with Multiple Disabilities including the Deafblind: A Para-Professional Training Course

This training is designed to provide information regarding the “Best Practice” management of students (birth – 22 years) presenting with multiple disabilities including dual-sensory losses.

The course is offered both “LIVE” in New Orleans and statewide via distance learning.  Classes meet once a week, Tuesday afternoons at4:00 p.m. and begin January 22, 2019. There is no cost for the course and Continuing Education Units will be offered.

The course is designed for para-professionals working with students presenting with multiple disabilities and can be tailored to the needs of the individual participant.  This course can provide the necessary didactic information for the national certification as a Deafblind Intervener should the participant wish to pursue that pathway.

To register or for more information please contact the Louisiana Deafblind Project via email at ladpb@lsuhsc.eduor by phone at 504-556-3455.