HDC’s partner in advocacy, Disability Rights Louisiana (DRLA), is seeking its next Executive Director. The job search is being handled by NPAG. Job seekers were encouraged to apply by October 13, 2023, but not enough were received, and the search is ongoing.
On September 19th, the Arc of Louisiana hosted a gubernatorial panel for candidates to answer questions on disability focused topics so that the community can have a more informed understanding of the candidates’ stance and potential policy initiatives.
LEND Scholar and Self-Advocate Jakeel Abdullah broke down the panel’s questions. Hear what candidates Shawn Wilson (D), Stephen Waguespack (R), Hunter Lundy (I), Richard Nelson (R), John Schroder (R), and Sharon Hewitt (R) had to say.
The governor’s primary election is set for Saturday, October 14. Early voting is available now until Saturday, October 7th.Read more >
Read HDC’s August newsletter by clicking the image below!
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 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:
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) offers a new alternative path to graduation for students with disabilities!Read more >
Are you interested in learning about how work will affect your Social Security benefits?
- What is the Ticket to Work Program, and how can I participate?
- Can I receive Social Security disability benefits while I’m working?
- What is Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) and does it apply to me?
This month’s Ticket to Work WISE webinar answers the top 5 questions about working while you’re receiving disability benefits on August 23 at 3 p.m. ET.
Louisiana LEND scholar Tiffany Richard on Autism Acceptance for the Organization for Autism Research
Autism Acceptance month is over… now what? Self-advocate and 2022-23 LEND scholar Tiffany Richard shares why autism acceptance is important after April in an article for Organization for Autism Research. As Tiffany puts it, “Autistic people don’t magically turn into pumpkins and disappear when the month is over.”
Her tips include:
- Learn About Autism from other Autistic Perspectives
- Treat Us Like Equals
- Create Sensory Friendly Spaces
Check out LEND scholar Maddie Mayes featured in the Act Early Network News’ Spring 2023 Issue! The feature, titled “Louisiana LEND Scholar Studies Family Perspectives on Developmental Monitoring,” explains Maddie’s leadership project, which sought to explore the knowledge and perspectives of parents and other caregivers regarding healthy development and developmental monitoring (DM).