Employment and Community Living

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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October is recognized as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) by the U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities to America’s workplaces and economy. ODEP has chosen “Advancing Access and Equity” as this year’s theme for NDEAM.

View an animated video that explores the spirit of NDEAM and ways you can celebrate.

For ideas about how you can support National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit NDEAM.

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans offering Lunch and Learn Series: Introduction to Work for Young Adults and Their Families

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans: Supporting All Disabilities

Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans is offering free educational webinars for youth, parents & professionals scheduled for all Thursdays in September at 12:00-1:00 PM.

The Schedule is as follows: 

DateTitle (Click for Registration Link)
Key Resources and Skills to Ensure Career Planning Success
Key Laws That Support Youth and Career Readiness
An Overview of Key Employment Skills
An Overview of Resources to Support the Development of Skills from the Working Independently, Here We Come Checklist

All about ABLE accounts

Black woman helping a black man with financial planning

An ABLE account is a tax-free savings account that lets people with disabilities manage their money without impacting Medicaid and Social Security Income (SSI). April is National Financial Capability Month! You can follow this link to find out more about ABLE accounts from the ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC). ABLE NCR’s latest AchievABLE newsletter lists upcoming webinars and resources including an overview of all U.S. ABLE programs sorted by state here: https://www.businessinsider.com/…/able-accounts-by-state.

ABLE NRC Program Spotlight: STABLE Account

Stable Account logo

Next week, join ABLE NRC for our ABLE Account Spotlight covering the features of STABLE Account and the recent achievements of the program.

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Perspectives: Advice for Employment Support Professionals

Perspectives: Employment. Self-advocates' advice to employment support professionals By Will Johnson and Stuart simon

Self-advocates Will Johnson and Stuart Simon share how job vendors can better support individuals with disabilities.

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Questions to ask Employment Vendors

Do you have a disability and want to find a job?

If you are thinking about finding a job through a job vendor or employment support agency, we have a list of questions to help you find the best vendor that fits your unique needs!

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HDC Spotlight: Employment First Trainings

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HDC’s Employment First Trainings teach Louisiana employment vendors the Universal Employment Competencies through a 40-hour core training. Upon completion, employment support professionals have fulfilled the initial training requirements to provide employment services and supports in Louisiana.

We spoke with Employment First’s Laura Stazio, MS, CESP and Sue Killam, M.Ed., CWIC, CESP to learn more about the trainings. Read on to hear what they had to say!

Employment First 40-Hour Core Trainings For Employment Support Professionals seeking LRS certification or Continuing Education Credits (CEU). Upcoming dates: March 28-30, 2023. Now online via Zoom!

The next Employment First Training is coming up March 28-30, 2023 via Zoom. If you’re interested in taking the course, please register here.

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WWNO interviews Dr. Rose Angelocci about how the Krewe of King Arthur accommodates riders with disabilities

Rose Angelocci, Mary LeBlanc, and Loretta Brehm sit around a conference table in front of a screen that features the video feed of WWNO's Managing Producer Alana Schreiber during their interview. Rose wears a purple collard Krewe of King Arthur shirt, Mary wears a purple vest over a white t-shirt with the purple, green, and gold Mardi Gras colors, and Loretta wears a Krewe of King Arthur t-shirt with the logo in white. The Krewe of King Arthur logo is King Arthur wearing a crown with his hand on the holt oh his sword. Behind him are trees and a castle.

New Orleans Public Radio interviewed HDC’s Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CWIC and her friends from the Krewe of King Arthur, Mary LeBlanc and Loretta Brehm, about how the parade accommodates riders with disabilities.

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Create a STAR Plan with PAY Check

Screenshot of Michael Curry form STAR Plan video with a big red YouYube logo in the corner.

STAR Plans help our PAY Check participants set goals for themselves in adulthood and realize the steps needed for success. Follow along with Transition Specialist Michael Curry to create a STAR Plan for yourself!

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Celebrate NDEAM with HDC’s PAY Check program

Do you have plans to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October? HDC’s PAY Check program can help you celebrate this national event! We are keen to partner with local organizations and businesses to show your network that workers with disabilities can be loyal and dedicated assets to any team.

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