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Where Am I Going, and How Do I Get There? Transition Planning for Students with Significant Disabilities

White stick figure with green question mark on back following path to fork in arrows; blue pointing right; yellow pointing left; red pointing straight ahead WHO: Families and professionals supporting students with significant disabilities   WHEN: SEPTEMBER 5 & 6, 2019, 8:30 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M.   WHERE: UNO TRAC, The Oliver St. Pe Center/TRAC Building is located across St. Anthony Avenue from Benjamin Franklin High School (located at 2001 Leon C. Simon Blvd.) at the intersection of Leon C. Simon Blvd. and St. Anthony Ave. As you enter the campus on St. Anthony Ave., turn left at your first opportunity into a parking lot. The Oliver St. Pe Center sits at the end of the parking lot. http://www.uno.edu/trac/contact   HOW: Register via email. ladbp@lsuhsc.edu  Please provide name, email address, and employer (if appropriate).   WHY: To assist students, families, and professionals in planning post-secondary lives for individuals with significant disabilities. Click here for the agenda.

Rest in Love, Stephanie Payne

Stephanie Payne
Stephanie Payne

At HDC, we are deeply saddened to learn about the passing of our friend and former Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) facilitator Stephanie Payne. Stephanie was a valuable member of the LASARD team who approached her work with wit and compassion. The insights and engaging stories she shared are as unforgettable as her depth of knowledge and keen sense of humor. Her ability to connect with people was uncanny, and her passion contagious. Her smile, laugh, and hugs will always be remembered, and her footprint on all we do at LASARD endures.

Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASARD) is a project of HDC under its K-12 Education Initiative.

Hearing on Social Security 2100 Act

On Thursday July 25, at 10 am, the full House Committee on Ways and Means will hold a hearing entitled “The Social Security 2100 Act.” This bill (H.R. 860), introduced by Congressman John Larson (D-CT-1) and cosponsored by over 200 Democrats, would increase benefits for all current and future Social Security recipients, cut taxes for almost 12 million seniors, and strengthen the trust fund by increasing some payroll taxes and by creating one trust fund for retirement, survivor, and disability benefits.

Earlier this year, the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee held a series of hearings around this bill entitled “Protecting and Improving Social Security”: Enhancing Social Security to Strengthen the Middle Class (March 12), Benefit Enhancements (March 13), and Comprehensive Legislative Proposals to Enhance Social Security (April 10).

The hearing on July 25th will be before the full Committee on Ways and Means. The invited witnesses are: Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration; Nancy J. Altman, President, Social Security Works; Kelly Brozyna, Job Creators Network’s National Women’s Coalition; Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement; and Shaun Castle, Deputy Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America.

The hearing will be in room 1100 in the Longworth House Office Building (15 Independence Ave SE, Washington, D.C. 20515) and will be livestreamed here.

2019 LASARD July Newsletter

The 2019 LASARD July Newsletter can be found here.

Employee Spotlight: Kisha Petty

Kisha Petty earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been in the education and early childhood education as an educator for Pre-K-4th, mentor for teachers, HS/EHS and Home-Based Education Specialist, and manager for 19 years working in the area of the public and private school systems and with four grantee head starts across Louisiana. She started working with early childhood education in 2006 and has always wanted to become a teacher which her passion is nurturing children. Kisha loves inspiring others to act justly, love mercifully, and walk humble in life with purpose. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her children, serving at her church as Knights of Peter Claver Jr. Daughter Counselor, religion teacher, lector and Eucharistic Minister and reading.

HDC News

Play Now! Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots

Today is the official launch of Deafverse World One: Duel of the Bots, a one-of-a-kind online game designed to empower, connect, and inspire deaf teenagers!

Created by a team of deaf artists, game designers, and researchers, Deafverse is a choose-your-own-adventure game created by the National Deaf Center and debuting during Deaf Awareness Month to focus on deaf teenagers — providing them with a fun digital experience that also builds their confidence, teaches them their rights, and helps them develop essential self-determination skills to succeed in their transition from high school to adult life.

Read more about this at the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes.

Edutopia Articles

8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

New teachers—and experienced ones too—can find ideas here on how to stop disruptive behavior before it begins.

Read more: 8 Proactive Classroom Management Tips

Using Learning Stations to Kick Off the Year

An engaging way for students to get to know each other, review the syllabus, and decide on classroom agreements.

Read more: Using Learning Stations to Kick Off the Year

NADD 36th Annual Conference in New Orleans October 23-25

Join NADD for their 36th Annual Conference October 23-25 at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel in New Orleans. NADD is the leading North American expert in providing professionals, educators, policy makers, and families with education, training, and information on mental health issues relating to persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities. The conference “Parading Through Life: Celebrating Resilience, Joy and Wellness…Letting the Good Times Roll in New Orleans” will provide information regarding various topics in the field of Dual Diagnosis (IDD/MI). See attachments for conference registration information and schedule.


2019 NADD Conference Flyer for Families NADD Conference Schedule 2019

Save the Date for Transition Institute, Sponsored by the HDC Louisiana Deafblind Project

HDC is proud to host the Transition Institute sponsored by its own Louisiana Deafblind Project, September 5 and 6, 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

For more information, see the Transition Institute flyer.

Deaf Community Leader Award

Hamilton Relay, contracted service provider for Louisiana Relay, is currently seeking nominations for the 2019 Deaf Community Leader Award. Nominations are due August 12th. Please see the attached nomination letter and questionnaire for more details and feel free to forward this message on to others.

2019 DAW LA Questionnaire 2019 DAW LA Nomination Letter