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Nutrition Is for Everyone December 2017

The December issue of the AUCD Nutrition is for Everyone (NIFE) newsletter is now available. Updates from the Louisiana (LA) project include the successful completion of three inclusive, adapted Cooking Matters courses. Additionally, LA NIFE begins a new partnership with Special Olympics Louisiana to develop a pilot nutrition and physical activity program for athletes and their families in Jefferson Parish.

Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Help People Receive Care in their Homes, Reduce Health Costs

U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act – or EMPOWER Care Act – to help Medicaid beneficiaries receive long-term services and support in their community or home and help save taxpayer dollars in the process. The bill would renew and expand the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program, which promotes community-based care and services and is as a sterling example of an initiative that improves patient outcomes while saving money for state and federal taxpayers.

HDC End of Year Party Slideshow

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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!

Supported Employment Upcoming Trainings

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 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

–>>  Click here for more information to register  <<–


LASARD Presents If You Build It, They Will Come: Building Education Opportunities

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.

WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect


Alternative Employment Funding

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 for more information.

WHEN: Thursday, December 07, 2017, 9:00 AM–3:30 PM

WHERE: LSU Health - Human Development Center Classroom #405

PAY Check Strikes GOLD!

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 at AUCD Conference

HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017

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.

Say What?! Exploring AAC

Live from the LSUHSC AAC Center! It is Thursday afternoon with Brittney Wright Peters! Join us as we discuss augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) assessment considerations and explore AAC systems hands-on!


This webinar is geared toward new and seasoned educators and family members seeking more information on augmentative and alternative communication devices.

WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2017, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect