Louisiana FASD Summit: Thank you!

A message from HDC Director Philip Wilson, Ph.D.

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HDC’s IPP scholars chosen for poster presentation at 2023 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Conference

Scholars Madison Humphries and Mary Katherine Hadden of HDC’s Interprofessional Preparation Program (IPP) were chosen to present at the 2023 OSEP Combined Leadership and Project Directors’ Conference on July 24-26 in Arlington, VA.

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New courses from HDC faculty available across LSUHSC schools

HDC faculty members Rose Angelocci, Ph.D., CRC, CWIC and Nicky Gillies, MSNIC formed brand-new courses available to all LSUHSC students in the fall 2023 semester.

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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

Louisiana LEND scholar Maddie Mayes featured in the Act Early Network News

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Louisiana LEND Scholar News with Maddie Mayes in HDC auditorium presenting with slides

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).

All about ABLE accounts

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An ABLE account is a tax-free savings account that lets people with disabilities manage their money without impacting Medicaid and Social Security Income (SSI). April is National Financial Capability Month! You can follow this link to find out more about ABLE accounts from the ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC). ABLE NCR’s latest AchievABLE newsletter lists upcoming webinars and resources including an overview of all U.S. ABLE programs sorted by state here: https://www.businessinsider.com/…/able-accounts-by-state.

Perspectives: How to prevent burnout as a self-advocate

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Do you ever feel like you have too much going on? Do you feel irritated, stressed, or tired doing things that used to make you happy? You might be feeling burnout! Self-advocate Will Johnson shares tips on how to keep you healthy, happy, and on track to accomplish your goals.

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LEND Alumni Alert: MCH journeys

The Louisiana LEND program trains professionals from diverse disciplines to improve the health of infants, children, and adolescents with disabilities. Here are updates from LEND scholars as they navigate Maternal, Child, Health (MCH) fields since participating in the program from 2021-22.

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Louisiana FASD Summit 2023

Join the Human Development Center at the LSU Health Sciences Center for an educational workshop featuring national experts, families, and self-advocates with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

June 16-17, 2023 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Human Development Center
411 S. Prieur St. New Orleans, LA 70112

Attend the summit in-person or virtually! Register for virtual attendance here.

Topics will include:

  • Prevalence and identification of FASD
  • Strategies to support learning and mental health challenges
  • Lived experience of families and self-advocates with FASD

The Louisiana FASD Summit is free. However, please consider donating funds to the Human Development Center Foundation to defray costs of the FASD Summit and support future efforts to address FASD in Louisiana. Make a donation here.

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Special IDEA Training Study about Advocacy

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Below is a notice about a study co-sponsored by the Spencer Foundation and Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans. This notice is provided for your information only. HDC is not responsible for distribution of any prizes awarded for participation in this event.

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