A Convening by Families Helping Families NOLA

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Positioning Ourselves for a Neurodivergent Workforce

Greater New Orleans Foundation, 919 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

Join us for an enriching and unique discussion on fostering a neurodiverse workforce with experts in the field!

Attendees will receive valuable insights from industry leaders including IBM, Microsoft, DXC Technology, and others who will share their expertise and practical strategies for integrating neurodiversity into the workplace.

Discover innovative and actionable strategies to champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within your company.

Embrace the power of diverse perspectives and unlock the full potential of your team.

Registration is free and available through Eventbrite: Register

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The FASD Respect Act Passes the Senate HELP Committee

The fight to address the importance of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) achieved a huge milestone on December 12, 2023, as it passed the Senate HELP Committee. The bill represents a major step in positively affecting the lives of individuals with FASD and their families. FASD United, the national organization sponsoring FASD education, reports that an estimated 1 in 20 children in the United States are affected by FASD, but the majority of cases are undiagnosed.

Read the full press release from FASD United here.

Shaping the Future: LEND Scholar’s AUCD 2023 Experience

Each fall, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) gathers their network members for a conference in Washington, D.C. Their shared goal is to advance policies and practices that improve the health, education, social, and economic well-being of all people with developmental and other disabilities.

The Human Development Center is proud to participate in the conference by sending our Louisiana LEND and Interprofessional Preparation Program scholars as well as various HDC staff and faculty to connect, share, and grow with our national disability community. The 2023 AUCD theme was “Emerging Leaders: Shaping the Future.

We asked LEND scholar and self-advocate Jakeel Abdullah to share his AUCD experiences with us.

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Disability Rights Louisiana Seeks New Executive Director

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.

Louisiana Gubernatorial Panel on Disability 2023

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.

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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

HDC can make the April Dunn Act pathway possible for your school!

The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) offers a new alternative path to graduation for students with disabilities!

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Ticket to Work Program Information Session

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.

Register for WISE Webinar

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