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Register for the Interprofessional Preparation Program

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Are you a graduate student in the Allied Health Professions and considering work in a school system after graduating? Get acquainted with this unique environment by participating in the Interprofessional Preparation Program.

Deadline to apply is May 31st. Please complete the application packet and send it to Dr. Michael N. Norman. Visit this link for fax and mail details.

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Summer 2021 Guide for Families

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As part of the Family Mentoring Experience, LEND trainee Olivia Price created this New Orleans guide full of summer camps and activities for her host family. The guide includes information about COVID-19 precautions as well as supports and accommodations for children with disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Any family with elementary school-age children in the Greater New Orleans may find it useful!

View the 2021 Summer Guide for Families here:

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Employment and Community Inclusion: Meet Victor

HDC celebrates Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Each March, we join the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACCD) to highlight the many ways in which people with and without disabilities come together to form strong, diverse communities. This social media campaign, known as “Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month” or #DDawareness2021, seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities still face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

The graphic for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month 2021 designed by Eileen Schofield.
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2019 LaDDC Conference

Registration is now open for the Council’s biennial conference on Monday, November 18th at the Baton Rouge Marriott: “Navigating the System Across the Lifespan.” This one-day conference will feature:
– Continental breakfast
– A keynote address on creating a meaningful life from author, speaker, parent advocate, and former Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council Chairperson, Katherine Carol.
– Three different topic tracks to follow: Childhood, Adulthood, and/or Supports
– “Lunch and Learn” with a panel of advocates facilitated by keynote speaker Katherine Carol

Click here to register!

Join the ODEP’s Section 14 (c) National Online Dialogue on Employment of People with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), through its ePolicyWorks initiative, is hosting the Section 14(c) National Online Dialogue to gather perspectives on Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act. We invite you to share your ideas, individual stories, and personal experiences illustrating the impact of Section 14(c) on the employment of people with disabilities.

Since 1938, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act has authorized employers to pay wages that are less than the federal minimum wage to workers who have disabilities for the work being performed, after receiving a special wage certificate from Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. The purpose of this National Online Dialogue is to capture perspectives about Section 14(c) based on individual input from those “on the ground,” including a wide range of stakeholders. The information gathered during this important online dialogue will provide the U.S. Department of Labor with an opportunity to better understand the current landscape, as well as the potential future of Section 14(c).

To participate, visit 14cDialogue.IdeaScale.com and register to share your experiences and ideas, and to comment on ideas submitted by others.