CAC News

  • In Memory of Mark Martin


    HDC is sad to share the news that Mark Steven Martin passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. Mark devoted his entire career to serving individuals with disabilities.  He was committed to helping people with disabilities gain education, employment and the tools needed to reach their goals. For the final several years of his career, Mark served as Director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. The original notice can be found here.

  • Perspectives: Risk

    Perspectives: Risk. Dignity of Risk by Dr. Philip Wilson

    Perspectives is a blog inspiring change through different perspectives brought to you by our Constituent Advisory Committee (CAC), HDC staff, and local community. Our current theme is risk. If you have a perspective on risk as it relates to disability, email your idea to jrob44@lsuhsc.edu.

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  • Perspectives: Risk


    Perspectives is a blog inspiring change through different perspectives brought to you by our Constituent Advisory Committee (CAC), HDC staff, and local community. Our current theme is risk. If you have a perspective on risk as it relates to disability, email your idea to jrob44@lsuhsc.edu.

    “A Daring Adventure” by Jamie Duplechine

    What is security to you? What makes you feel safe? Webster’s dictionary defines security as “freedom from risk.” Does it make you wonder if we are ever truly secure? I mean, really, are we ever free from risk?  I say, a life with no risk, is no life at all.

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  • CAC Member Dewain Baldwin Works to Build Connections in New Orleans


    Self-advocate and HDC CAC member Dewain Baldwin understands the importance of making connections and having a support network around you. That’s why he co-founded Colorful Connections Nola with a friend in 2017. Dewain describes Colorful Connections as a social group for young adults with autism and other disabilities that strives to be inclusive of all people. The group organizes regular meetups that range from coffee shop meetings to board game and bowling nights. Dewain is passionate about growing the group because it will increase access to fun social events and recreational activities for people with disabilities. The group is open to everyone, and he encourages people without disabilities to come take part in the fun, as well. More information about the group can be found on the group’s Facebook page.

    Dewain Baldwin joined HDC CAC in March, 2018. He helps advise HDC and sape its mission and programs. He has a special interest in the Transition, Employment, and Community (TEC) initiatives area. He is also a long-time member of the Orleans Parish People First chapter.

  • A Free Screening and Panel Discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope


    HDC Resilience Flyer The HDC CAC presents a free screening and panel discussion of Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. This expository documentary explores the effect of Adverse Childhood Events (ACEs) on long term health and the path to adopting trauma-informed approaches. A panel discussion focusing on the films relevance to the development of disability will follow. Speakers will include experts from the Human Development Center, LSU Health, and the Louisiana Bureau of Family Health.