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Employee Spotlight: Donald “Ray” Leger

Donald "Ray" Leger

Donald “Ray” Leger works as the Director of Lousiana Benefits Planning Services (LA-BPS), an initiative in the Transition, Employment, and Careers area of HDC’s focus. Ray started employment with HDC in December 2006. Prior to that, he worked for more than 18 years consecutively in the television news industry, the Arc of Acadiana, and the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs (GODA). He came to know HDC during his tenure in GODA because his trainer, Lloyd DeMers, was an HDC employee at the time. Ray has truly been welcomed and supported by HDC family throughout his tenure at HDC.  

Ray is living the dream of being of service to others in need and more so, those whose lives are affected by how others perceives them because of their disabilities.   He likes to think he helps to champion them in ways that other Social Service organizations aren’t able to.  The HDC’s commitment to serving persons with developmental disabilities as a UCEDD organization aligns with Ray’s goals to see persons with disabilities live lives on equal footing as persons without disabilities, in wages, housing, etc.

Ray is happily married to his lovely wife of 25 years, Marie Jack-Leger, and we have two beautiful daughters, Teliyah (20) and Leilani (7).  His upbringing was always centered around God first, family, and service to others.  Ray wants others to know that if anyone takes anything from their contact with him, he hopes that it’s apparent to them that that is who he is.

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Louisiana Department of Education Survey for Parents of Children with Disabilities

The Louisiana Department of Education is conducting a survey to better understand the types of assistance families of students with disabilities need to support the educational experience of their child/children. Share your input by 2/14/20.

If you are a parent of a school age child attending public school in the state of Louisiana, please take 5 minutes to complete the following survey.

Please be sure to hit the submit button at the end.Also, please share with other families as appropriate.

30 Years of the ADA

HDC joins the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights legislation impacts the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and protects against discrimination and ensures and improves access to opportunities afforded to all. 

“The ADA cemented in federal law the civil rights of Americans living with disabilities. These expectations have served as a new foundation of inclusion for more than a generation. We hope you’ll join us in sharing your stories and celebrating three decades of its success during 2020.” said John Tschida, Acting Executive Director of AUCD.

For more information on ADA, see the official press release from AUCD.

Critical Access Studies: Public Talk and Q&A at Tulane

Aimi Hamraie, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, and American Studies, Vanderbilt University

Most research and writing about accessibility seeks to convince the unconvinced of the value of inclusion. The field of Critical Access Studies goes deeper, however, to question the “how” and “why” of accessibility. In this talk, Aimi Hamraie, PhD, will situate Critical Access Studies within the broader history of accessibility, showing how inclusive design focused on disability as an issue separate from race, gender, and class, and how frameworks such as intersectionality and disability justice have come to better inform what counts as disability.

For more information about this event, please e-mail kcleary@tulane.edu.

This event is fragrance-free. Please do not wear perfumes or essential oils so that chemically injured members of our community can attend.

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Braille Rocks!

Please see attached for information on Louisiana’s NFB BELL Academy—geared for students ages 4-12. Wishing each of you a great afternoon!

Upcoming Classes Offered by the National Cued Speech Association

The National Cued Speech Association is offering upcoming classes in the New Orleans area. Additional classes and information available at cuedspeech.org

Governor’s Tour at Clara’s Little Lambs

One of the stops on the Governor’s statewide tour will be at Clara’s Little Lambs at Federal City, a Community Childcare Partner with the Human Development Center.  The Governor’s statewide tour will bring local business leaders, early education advocates, and families together to make their voices heard about the importance of early childhood education.

New Course Offered at Helen Keller National Center

Helen Keller National Center Upcoming Events

See the attached flyers for upcoming training opportunities and youth programs at the Helen Keller National Center for Deaf-Blind Youths and Adults in Sands Point, Long Island, NY. For additional information, contact your region representative, which for Louisiana is molly.sinanan@hknc.org.