A good time was had by all the afternoon of Wednesday, December 13. HDC hosted its annual End-of-Year Party at Mid City Lanes Rock ‘N’ Bowl. The opportunity enabled HDC employee Rose Angelocci to show that even clinically blind people can bowl. Blind bowling is in fact very common and competitive; see this article.
Happy Holidays from everybody at HDC!
In collaboration with Louisiana APSE, HDC provides 40 Hour Core training. This training meets LRS and OCDD vendor training requirements and incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies. The class includes three full days of classroom instruction plus fieldwork assignments. The fee for this class is $350. One day classes valid for 5 Hour Continuing Education are also available. Please email email@example.com for more information.
- Shreveport, January 9 – 11, 2018, at Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana, 800 W. 70th Street
- Baton Rouge, January 16 – 18, 2018, at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue
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School is where Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) learners spend a large portion of their days. There needs to be multiple opportunities for students to USE and LEARN AAC each day. More than that though, we strive for full participation and interaction for students who use AAC. This session will explore strategies to help build AAC participation for both students and educators.
Training Fee is $75. To register for this 5 Hour Training,
visit the LSU HDC SE 5.0 Hour Training Registration page
and select “New Orleans 12/7/2017: Alternate Funding Opportunities”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
WHEN: Thursday, December 07, 2017, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM
WHERE: LSU Health - Human Development Center Classroom #405
From left to right: Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards; First Lady Donna Edwards; Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer of UMC-NO; and Bethany Matthews, Director of Human Resources at UMC-NO
From left to right: Wilbert Johnson, PAY Check Trainee; McKenzie Esta and Rebecca Ellis, PAY Check counselors; Sue Killam, PAY Check Director; Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards; First Lady Donna Edwards; and Grace Alegria, PAY Check Trainee
LSUHSC Human Development Center PAY Check nominated the UMC-New Orleans for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Employer of the Year award because of their disability employment initiative which most recently included the LSU Health Human Development Center Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (Pay Check). The PAY Check pilot is an innovative collaboration between the LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, two public school systems, one public Charter school association, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMC-NO). Pay Check is a 3-5 semester program wherein students select courses at Delgado Community College related to UMC targeted apprenticeship areas, participate in professional career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through a paid apprenticeship at the University Medical Center. On November 15, 2017, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, PAY Check counselor Rebecca Ellis presented the GOLD Employer of the Year Award to Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at UMC-NO.
HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017
From November 5 to November 8, 2017, HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attended the annual AUCD Conference in Washington, DC. The conference brings programs together from across the nation to discuss the strategies, innovations, and systems that support people with disabilities and their families. Two HDC employees made poster presentations: Michael C. Norman in the Deaf, Blind, and Deafblind Special Interest Group and Lauren Griffiths in a concurrent session detailing the success of Nutrition Is for Everyone in Louisiana.
Students learn ASL: Fingerspell
This fall LADBP staff offered two courses to teach participants sign language or braille skills to enhance their abilities to communicate with individuals with hearing or visual disabilities. Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture was held at the LSU Human Development Center and attended by several students enrolled in LSU School of Allied Health professions programs as well as individuals from community agencies. Introduction to Braille was offered in both an in-person or online format and was attended by educators, paraeducators, and family members of individuals with vision loss. . The in-person class was offered in collaboration with the UNO Training, Resource, and Assistive-Technology Center with classes held on the UNO campus. If you are interested in attending future classes in these topics, send an email of interest to Rose Angelocci at email@example.com to be notified of upcoming opportunities.