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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:

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.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 06, 2018, 5:30–6:30 PM

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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 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.


Congratulations to Will Johnson!

Please join HDC CAC coordinator Lauren Griffiths in congratulating fellow CAC member Will Johnson on becoming a Storyteller who will advocate for the right to work for people with disabilities! Will was selected as one of three winners of the Rooted in Rights’ Storytellers 2018 competition. You can also see the announcement on Rooted in Rights Facebook page. Thanks to all of you voted during the voting period.

Rose Angelocci Named 2018 Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year

Rose Angelocci

Rose Angelocci was the recipient of the 2018 Rehabilitation Counselor of the Year Award given by the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association (ARCA), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA). This award is given to a rehabilitation counselor who has gone above and beyond serving clients. Rose was presented with the award on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at the ARCA reception at the ACA annual conference, which was held in Atlanta, Georgia this year.

Time Limited Funding Opportunity for Jefferson Parish Residents

Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority (JPHSA) has Individual and Family Support (IFS) funds available for individuals and families with developmental disabilities residing in Jefferson Parish. Funds must be spent by 6/30/18.

Families and individuals with developmental disabilities can apply for IFS funds to help with one time unmet needs not covered by other sources (e.g., insurance, Medicaid). Funds can be used for a variety of needs such as diapers, specialized clothing, specialized bed, therapy (if not covered by insurance), insurance copays, summer camp, gym membership for an adult with DD, dance lessons, specialized bike, communication devices, weighted blankets, noise-canceling headphones, etc.

Call Kelly Smith or Trenetta Randall at JPHSA, 504-838-5424, to apply.


Please Vote for Will’s Storytellers Video!

Former PAY Check student and current CAC member Will Johnson’s video has made it to the final round of the Rooted in Rights’ Storytellers competition! In his video, Will discusses why all people, including those with disabilities, have the right to work. If Will receives the most votes, Rooted in Rights will support him in making an official Storytellers video in which he will advocate for the employment rights of people with disabilities. Please take just a short moment to support him and vote for his video at the link below. Deadline is May 2, 2018, 10:59 PM (11:59 PM ET).


WHEN: Wednesday, May 02, 2018, 10:59 PM

AUCD Emerging Leaders Map

The AUCD Emerging Leaders Map highlights diverse trainees and early career leaders across AUCD’s network. Each person was selected for inclusion on the map based on their contributions to the network, how they have demonstrated leadership, and their values and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for others.

The Map provides an opportunity for you to explore and learn more about each trainee and early career leader. When clicking on a pin from a Program/Center, you’ll learn more about each trainee about their passions, how they have leveraged their traineeship, how they are emerging as leaders, and advice for individuals who are interested in joining a traineeship.

HDC LEND Trainee Gregoria Rosa-DiStefano is on the 2018 AUCD Emerging Leaders Map.

To read more and view the map, click here.

To link and scroll directly to Gregoria’s bio, click here.


Nutrition Is For Everyone April 2018

Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana (NIFE LA) project wrapped up its 8-week pilot program with Special Olympics Louisiana (SOLA) this month called the Unified Fitness Club. Each week, athletes and their families participated in a 30-mintue physical activity session and a 30-minute interactive nutrition lesson developed by the NIFE LA team. Nutrition lessons are currently being compiled into a user-friendly instructor’s manual that will be disseminated to SOLA organizations across the state. Read more…


Genetic Testing for Acadian/Cajun Families with Hearing Loss


The Louisiana Deafblind Project for Children and Youth in collaboration with the Department of Genetics, LSU School of Medicine and the Calcasieu Parish School System Special Education Department, will be providing free genetic testing in Lake Charles, Wednesday  April 11th from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Approximately 40% of the students identified with deafblindness in Louisiana’s schools results from hereditary syndromes/disorders with Usher Syndrome occurring in Louisiana at a rate six times greater than elsewhere in the United States. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

Click here for more information.

WHEN: Saturday, April 07, 2018, 3:00–5:00 PM

WHERE: CPSB Elementary Department of Special Services, 1015 6th Avenue, Lake Charles, LA 70601