Celebrate NDEAM with HDC’s PAY Check program

Do you have plans to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) this October? HDC’s PAY Check program can help you celebrate this national event! We are keen to partner with local organizations and businesses to show your network that workers with disabilities can be loyal and dedicated assets to any team.

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‼️‼️URGENT ALERT for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their Families on the OCDD Request for Services Registry‼️‼️

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Louisiana’s OCDD is in the process of validating their Request for Services Registry.  This means that all individuals on the Request for Services Registry will be receiving a communication to see if they wish to remain on the registry and to validate their contact information.  IF YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER,  IT IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR YOU TO RESPOND! If you do not respond, you or your loved one could be removed from the DD Waiver services registry.

This letter is being sent to individuals with DD and their families who have applied for OCDD Waiver services but have not yet received them so that the Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities has your current/correct contact information. It is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that you respond to this letter so that you or your loved one can remain on the DD Request for Services Registry. If you do not respond, you or your loved one could be removed from the registry and will have to start the application process all over again should you or your loved one need services.

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disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair October 12

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Come meet dozens of employers ready to hire at the virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM, hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Job Seekers can scan the QR Code below or click here to register.

QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022
Scan QR Code to Register for LRS Job Fair October 12, 2022

IPEC’s Evidence Based Practices

Toddler with disability puts rings on stakcing toy with help of teacher.

The Human Development Center’s Early Childhood (EC) initiatives are leading by example, and aim to bring Early Childhood Evidence-Based Practices statewide.

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Employers for disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair

Looking to hire? Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) is recruiting employers for a virtual disABILITY Inclusion Job Fair on Wednesday, October 12th 9 AM – 12 PM. The Job Fair will be hosted by the Louisiana Workforce Commission and Healthy Blue. Interested employers please contact Brenda Bohrer at email bbohrer@lwc.la.gov or phone (225) 219-2982. Registration for job seekers will be announced shortly.

Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities with Blending, Braiding and Sequencing

ODEP New-in-Brief

A federal joint communication “Resource Leveraging & Service Coordination to Increase Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities” was issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy along with seven other federal agencies. This communication encourages state and local partners to proactively implement resource blending, braiding and sequencing across systems to improve Competitive Integrated Employment outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities.

Reporting Life Changes to Social Security

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Social Security’s latest blog post discusses the why and how to report life changes when you receive benefits:

Why It’s Important to Report Life Changes to UsSocial Security Matters (ssa.gov)

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LEND Alumni Alert: Job Accepted

LEND Alumni News Alert: Angela Wetzel, white brunette woman in white shirt

2021-2022 LEND Scholar Angela Wetzel has accepted a position as a speech-language pathologist in the outpatient setting at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans.

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HDC Spotlight: Nicky Gillies, MS, NIC

DeafBlindness affects more than 10,000 children between birth and 21 years of age in the United States, and has over 70 known causes, including Usher’s syndrome, CHARGE syndrome, meningitis, and rubella. Nicky Gillies, MS, NIC and the Louisiana DeafBlind Project (LADBP) work with families and school districts to ensure that they are providing the best supports for children and youth that address deafblindness as a unique disability as well as any other disabilities that may be present.

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