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LASARD Project hosts partner school workshop in New Orleans

HDC employee Chris Champagne leads a breakout session

HDC employee Chris Champagne leads a breakout session

LASARD hosted a workshop for their partner districts and schools in the southern part of Louisiana on Friday, September 8th.  Over 60 educators and family members attended from East Baton Rouge Parish Schools, Tangipahoa Parish Schools, St. Tammany Parish Schools, Plaquemines Parish Schools, Algiers Charters, FirstLine Schools, and Collegiate Academies.  The focus of the day was on preventative behavior strategies for students with ASD.  Attendees participated in small group jigsaw sessions, demonstrations of strategies, and breakout sessions focusing on data collection.  The teams also participated in BYOP (Bring Your Own Problem) sessions in which teams presented a challenging problem and other team members brainstormed ideas to solve the problem. Participants noted they enjoyed being able to share with other teams from across the state.

Lions Cubs Learn ASL and Braille

Braille Class

The Louisiana Deafblind Project in conjunction with the Kenner and Harahan Lions Clubs offered ASL and Braille classes to Lions Cub members and their parents over eight weeks this summer. Sign language interpreter, Nicky Gillies, introduced the participants to basic sign language. Project staff, Rose Angelocci, along with Kenneth Lacho from UNO TRAC provided opportunities for participants to explore vision loss, braille, and technology used by people who are blind or visually impaired. We thank the Cubs and their parents for their participation and interest in connecting with People with disabilities in their community.

LA Deafblind Project Exhibits at Lions Health Fair

Rose and Michael at Booth

Rose and Michael at Booth

On Saturday, August 19, the Lions Eye Foundation sponsored a health fair at Lakeside Shopping Center. Attendees were given free vision screenings and information by local service providers including the Louisiana Deafblind Project. We were happy to have the Lions Cubs who participated in our summer ASL and Braille classes visit our booth. Even the Lions’ mascot also showed his support for the fair.

LA Partners in Policymaking Needs Your Help

Please read this URGENT plea from Sandee Winchell, Executive Director of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, one of HDC’s partners in advocacy. Originally it was a standalone e-mail message. You can perform the action of forwarding this e-mail by copying and pasting the text of the message.

Dear Friends of the DD Council,

Please help us recruit applicants for the 2018 Class of Partners in Policymaking.  The deadline to apply for the 2018 class is Saturday, September 30, 2017 and this deadline will not be extended.  Please forward this email to individuals with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities and encourage them to apply for this national leadership training program.

Participants attend one weekend training session in Baton Rouge each month from January through June.  Individual sessions are devoted to specific topics presented by nationally-known experts.  Sessions begin Friday at 12:00 PM and conclude on Saturday at 3:00 PM.  Lodging and meals are provided and travel is reimbursed.  Respite and attendant services are also reimbursed for participants who qualify.

To apply for the 2018 Partners in Policymaking class click HERE or contact the Council at 1-800-450-8108. To be considered for the next Partners’ class, completed applications must be received via email, fax or mail no later than September 30, 2017.  The next session begins January 2018.  Specific dates and topics and more information about the Partners’ program can be found HERE.  Contact Rodney Anthony at 800-450-8108 or if you have any questions.

Nutrition Is For Everyone – September 2017

Lauren Griffiths and Lisa Staples

Lauren Griffiths (right) and Lisa Staples (left)

The September issue of AUCD’s Nutrition Is for Everyone is out. HDC Nutrition Specialist Lauren Griffiths, who is now full-time at HDC, has been hard at work to develop a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank. Ms. Griffiths has also been working with Master’s of Public Health student and former educator Lisa Staples (with whom she is pictured) on Staples’ Little Bitty Learning program. The program targets parents of children enrolled in HDC’s Early Head Start Child Care Partnership and offers the parents nutrition education as part of the 10-week curriculum required of Early Head Start parents.

LEND Trainees Build Social Capital

LEND Trainees and Faculty with Al Condeluci

LEND Trainees and Faculty with Al Condeluci (click on image for full size)

On August 25, 2017, the new 2017-2018 trainees and faculty in HDC’s Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) attended their first seminar of the year featuring guest speaker Al Condeluci, Ph.D.  Dr. Condeluci, an internationally recognized expert in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities, brought his brand of self-promotion through building social capital to HDC for the second time, and a great conversation was had by all as a premonition of an exciting school year to come for the trainees.

Schedules: At a Glance

Schedules: At a Glance!

August 24, 2017
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Live online via Adobe Connect
Individuals with ASD often feel lost and anxious when daily activities are not clearly indicated or if the sequence of those activities is not understood.  Teachers and parents may find themselves offering repeated cues and high levels of support to help the individual move from activity to activity.  One solution???  Create visual schedules that tell the individual where they should be, when they should be there, and what they will be doing.  This webinar will provide a step-by-step process for creating and using visual schedules that reduce anxiety and frustration, while supporting independence from adult-delivered prompts.
This webinar is geared toward educators that may be new to teaching students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members seeking more information about visual schedules, or seasoned educators looking to refine their skills.
Please click here to register.

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect


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LASARD Presents Bring On the Sunshine!

Join us for the first LASARD webinar of the school year!

This webinar is geared toward educators that may be new to teaching students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), family members seeking more information about supports, or seasoned educators looking to refine their skills.

Bring on the Sunshine!
Shining Light on ASD and Essential Supports

August 10, 2017
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Live online via Adobe Connect

Everyone utilizes essential support strategies throughout their day. Which essential support(s) have you used in the last 24 hours? Visuals (maps, signs, recipes)? Priming (agendas, reminders, notices)? Form of Communication (text messages, emails)? Accommodations/modifications (glasses, watches, highlighters)? Reinforcement (paycheck, awards, bonuses)? As you can see, we use these essential supports several times throughout the day without even thinking about it. Join us in learning how these everyday supports can be used in classrooms and at home to support individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) be successful and avoid frustration. In this webinar, you will learn about the essential support strategies, how to implement them for students with ASD and related disabilities, and develop a plan for implementing essential supports across settings.

Please click here to register.


WHEN: Thursday, August 10, 2017, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: HDC and Live via Adobe Connect

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HDC Mobility and Seating Workshop

WHEN: Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 12:00–1:00 PM


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