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This ‘Forgotten’ Part Of Special Education Could Lead To Better Outcomes For Student

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Kate Lord didn’t have a plan when she graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014. For two years, she was unemployed. Eventually, her father was able to use his connections at Bowdoin College to get her a job working in a kitchen. For 20 hours a week, she lines muffin pans and preps dessert trays. At this time, the bakery job suffices. Kate is a hard worker and a pleasure to be around, her supervisor said. But she has no interest in the food industry. Her father believes she could do a lot more, and wishes her high school had done more to help her visualize her future and then take steps to reach her goals. Read more here:

ODEP’s Apprenticeship Works Video Series

Apprenticeship works for job seekers looking to punch their ticket to the middle class and for businesses seeking skilled workers who can thrive in the global economy. The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has just released a video series featuring apprentices with and without disabilities (Recruits) and their apprenticeship sponsors (Sponsors) in high-growth industries like information technology, healthcare, and marine engineering. These apprentices and their sponsors show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for them and how it can work for other job seekers and businesses across the country. #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. 

View the videos here:   Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced version.

New Supported Employment Trainings

40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies and includes three full days of classroom instruction and fieldwork assignments. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would like to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

  • Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • March 6-8, 2018

     –>>  Click here to register for 40 Hour Core Training  <<–


5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training

These training classes, co-sponsored by Louisiana APSE,  meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these classes counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD, and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for staff for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule any additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)

  • New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom #452 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits

  • Alexandria at The Arc Rapides, 1700 Ashley Avenue (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, May 15, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, May 16, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, May 17, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits


–>>  Click here to register for one or more of the 5 Hour Core Training  <<–


Accessible Seating for Mardi Gras Parades


  • Friday, February 02, 2018 to Sunday, February 04, 2018
  • Wednesday, February 07, 2018 to Tuesday, February 13, 2018

WHERE: Gallier Hall, 545 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130

Click Here for More Information

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…

Like and follow NIFE LA  Facebook page for other great updates and events!

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


Click Here for More Information

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

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