Supported Employment

All about ABLE accounts

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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:…/able-accounts-by-state.

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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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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disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair October 12

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Come meet dozens of employers ready to hire at the virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM, hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Job Seekers can scan the QR Code below or click here to register.

QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022
Scan QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022

Employers for disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Looking to hire? Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is recruiting employers for a virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM. The Job Fair will be hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Interested employers please contact Brenda Bohrer at email or phone (225) 219-2982. Registration for job seekers will be announced shortly.

Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities with Blending, Braiding and Sequencing

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A federal joint communication “Resource Leveraging & Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities” was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy along with seven other federal agencies. This communication encourages state and local partners to proactively implement resource blending, braiding and sequencing across systems to improve Competitive Integrated Employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities.

Reporting Life Changes to Social Security

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Social Security’s latest blog post discusses the why and how to report life changes when you receive benefits:

Why It’s Important to Report Life Changes to UsSocial Security Matters (

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