Celebrate NDEAM with HDC

Do you have plans to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October? HDC 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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‼️‼️URGENT ALERT for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families on the OCDD Request for Services Registry‼️‼️

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Louisiana’s OCDD is in the process of validating their Request for Services Registry.  This means that all individuals on the Request for Services Registry will be receiving a communication to see if they wish to remain on the registry and to validate their contact information.  IF YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER,  IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO RESPOND! If you do not respond, you or your loved one could be removed from the DD Waiver services registry.

This letter is being sent to individuals with DD and their families who have applied for OCDD Waiver services but have not yet received them so that the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities has your current/correct contact information. It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that you respond to this letter so that you or your loved one can remain on the DD Request for Services Registry. If you do not respond, you or your loved one could be removed from the registry and will have to start the application process all over again should you or your loved one need services.

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LEND Alumni Alert: Job Accepted

LEND Alumni News Alert: Angela Wetzel, white brunette woman in white shirt

2021-2022 LEND Scholar Angela Wetzel has accepted a position as a speech-language pathologist in the outpatient setting at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

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HDC Spotlight: Nicky Gillies, MS, NIC

DeafBlindness affects more than 10,000 children between birth and 21 years of age in the United States, and has over 70 known causes, including Usher’s syndrome, CHARGE syndrome, meningitis, and rubella. Nicky Gillies, MS, NIC and the Louisiana DeafBlind Project (LADBP) work with families and school districts to ensure that they are providing the best supports for children and youth that address deafblindness as a unique disability as well as any other disabilities that may be present.

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In-Home Vaccinations from LDH

Get Your COVID Shot at Home

The Louisiana Department of Health offers in-home vaccinations to people with disabilities and those who are homebound. LDH has several new printable resources available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, and a new ASL video, describing the program and how to sign up. Visit the LDH website at https://ldh.la.gov/page/4464 to view/print information.

To be added to the LDH Vaccination-at-Home Registry, call 1-855-453-0774 or visit https://ldh.la.gov/inhomeshots. Feel free to share this with any of your community members who might benefit from this service.

HDC Scholars Receiving Allied Health Honors

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HDC is proud to see scholars from its interdisciplinary training programs receiving awards from the School of Allied Health Professions at the close of the 2021-2022 academic year as they completed their respective programs on May 19. The scholars represented are:

Award NameRecipient NameHDC Program and YearSAHP DepartmentHometown
Dean’s AwardEmily Elizabeth BraudInterprofessional Preparation Program 2020-2021Physical TherapyMetairie, LA
Outstanding Student in AudiologyAlix Marie MoodyLEND 2020-2021AudiologyCarriere, MS
Berlin Audiology AwardSloane Catherine HenryLEND 2020-2021AudiologyTampa, FL
Alpha Eta Society Nominees – AudiologyAlix Marie MoodyLEND 2020-2021AudiologyCarriere, MS

HDC Spotlight: Michael Curry

Michael Curry helps young adults with disabilities transition from high school into an independent life through the Human Development Center’s Postsecondary Apprenticeship for Youth, better known as the PAY Check program. Since joining the PAY Check team, Michael helped kick-start the first PAY Check program on the Northshore, which includes 4 young men from St. Paul’s high school.

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Remembering Julie Beckett

Julie Beckett, middle-aged woman smiling

HDC joins its colleagues across the United States in mourning the loss of Julie Beckett on Friday, May 13. Julie Beckett was a trailblazer in the days before ADA because she advocated for at-home care of her daughter Katie. Read the Administration for Community Living’s statement on the passing of Julie Beckett here.

Louisiana LEND application deadline extended to May 16

Strong leadership influences change in systems like Healthcare, Education, and Public Policy. To become a better informed professional, you need interdisciplinary skills and community-based learning. To transform society as we know it, you must be an effective advocate and leader.

Apply to Louisiana LEND now to acquire these skills! Deadline to apply has been extended to May 16, 2022! Click the button below that best describes you.

Please know that LEND is a stipend program that financially compensates you for your time and participation. Registration and travel to the national AUCD conference in Washington, D.C. is also covered when participating in the program.

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