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Let’s Keep Talking! Increasing Communication for Emerging Speakers

Boy and Girl Signing

Many individuals with ASD have some verbal language, but those skills need to be continuously prompted and the number of opportunities they have to practice their skills may be less than those of their peers.  In this webinar, we will share strategies to promote verbal communication at school and home, including environmental arrangement and reinforcement. 


This webinar is geared toward new and seasoned educators and family members seeking more information on increasing communication for emerging speakers.


WHEN: Thursday, February 01, 2018, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect


Nutrition Is for Everyone January 2018

Jenry Schorling

The Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana (NIFE LA) welcomes Jenry Schorling, LDN, RD, as a Deputy Nutrition Ambassador. Jenry will help with the development of accurate and appropriate nutrition education materials disseminated through the project. She will also consult with the NIFE LA team on nutrition education curriculum being developed in partnership with Special Olympics Louisiana which is piloting an 8-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum starting later this month. Read more…

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Improving Math Proficiency for All Students

Please Join us for Our Next Professional Learning Event featuring
Dr. Amanda VanDerHeyden!

Everyone Can Count: RtI/MTSS to Improve Math Proficiency for All Learners

Did you know that math proficiency is a powerful predictor of college enrollment and completion? Too many children struggle to master important math skills, closing doors along the path to long-term school and career success. This session will provide a brief overview of key elements of effective core mathematics instruction, describe how to collect and interpret screening data, and give attendees the “how to” in implementing and sustaining classwide mathematics intervention. Videos and free web-based resources will be shared.

WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018, 9:00 AM–12:00 PM


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Save the Dates April 12th & 13th for Conference on Trauma-Informed MTSS/RTI: Practical and Evidenced-Based Practices

In conjunction with the Human Development Center, Data-Based Conferences will be bringing a team of national experts to back to New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, April 12th and 13th, 2018. This conference will be the 4th in New Orleans, where in previous years 300-plus educators from across the country have come to learn about pragmatic and research-based practices within a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). This year promises expansions of last year’s MTSS content with particular attention to trauma-related mental health interventions, dyslexia, diversity in team building, and severe disruptive behavior. More information can be found in the attached brochure and registration can be found at

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018

Related Resources

The FDIC Promotes the Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) has published an article in its December 2017 issue about how the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is promoting the financial inclusion of underserved populations through its Alliances for Economic Inclusion (AEIs). The FDIC has released four series of modules free of charge for different age groups under the name Money Smart, and has provided a Supplement for Instructors/Trainers: Scenarios for Financial Inclusion that will help expand understanding of the modules’ topics.

Read the article here.

The Money Smart modules can be found here: For Young Adults, For Adults, For Older Adults, For Small Business


Little Bitty Learning is getting famous!

On December 14, Lisa Staples, an HDC LEND trainee who works with HDC Nutrition Ambassador Lauren Griffiths to apply Cooking Matters lessons at HDC Early Head Start center McMillian’s First Steps, was featured in a post in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship’s Beyond Boulders Blog, “Making nutrition fun again in New Orleans.” Staples implements the lessons learned in Cooking Matters courses as part of a program implemented at McMillian’s that is entitled Little Bitty Learning (LBL). The program thrives on student volunteers recruited through the Interprofessional Student Alliance (IPSA) as well as partnerships with Second Harvest and the Tulane University School of Public and Tropical Health Dietetic Internship. The program has not only succeeded in its main goal of encouraging (grand)parents to cook healthy meals for their (grand)children, but it also has had many fortunate side effects, including engaging the children in healthy eating, piquing the curiosity of the staff at McMillian’s, and strengthening family bonds.

You’re Hired! Laura Nata talks with Sue Killam on Supported Employment

On November 28, Sue Killam talked with Laura Nata of Families Helping Families Jefferson about supported employment in a Facebook video entitled You’re Hired.

RSA Announcement: Frequently Asked Questions on Competitive Integrated Employment

The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) is pleased to publish Frequently Asked Questions: Integrated Location Criteria of the Definition of “Competitive Integrated Employment.” This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses the criteria for an integrated employment location within the definition of “competitive integrated employment” in section 7(5)(B) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Rehabilitation Act), as amended by title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), and its implementing VR program regulations in 34 CFR §361.5(c)(9)(ii) (see 81 FR 55629 (August 19, 2016)). The information in these FAQs provides guidance and technical assistance to VR agencies and community rehabilitation programs so that they may assist individuals with disabilities to achieve high-quality employment.

WIOA Assessment Tool

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) presents an extraordinary opportunity for the public workforce system to transform and improve the quality of life for job seekers and workers through an integrated, job-driven system that links diverse talent to our nation’s businesses.

The WIOA Quick Start Action Planner (QSAP) is an interactive, self-paced assessment tool designed to help leaders at all levels of the public workforce system plan for this transformation and prepare for implementation of WIOA. The QSAP will help you identify areas of strength and focused areas for improvement in your workforce system and connect you to targeted resources that can help you to prepare and plan effectively. OPEN QSAP