LADBP launches DeafBlind Intervener Training pilot

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The Louisiana DeafBlind Project for Children and Youth (LADBP) launch a Deaf-Blind Intervener Training Pilot, aiming to encourage school districts and educators across the state to invest in skilled interveners. LADBP’s Rose Angelocci, Ph.D. and Nicky Gillies, MSNIC are currently working with a paraprofessional in St. Bernard Parish to trial this new training program.

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New school year update with HDC’s Early Childhood Initiatives

The Early Childhood (EC) initiatives at the Human Development Center are hard at work bringing quality, inclusive education to early learning centers in New Orleans. Here’s a quick update from the three EC projects:

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HDC Spotlight: Germaine Collins, BA

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Germaine Collins is a teacher in the Human Development Center’s Early Learning Center (ELC). Located on the first floor of the Human Development Center (HDC) building, the ELC provides high-quality, inclusive early care and education for infants and toddlers. Our teachers are highly qualified professionals who are trained to implement a developmentally appropriate, evidence-based curriculum for infants and toddlers, including those with disabilities and special health care needs.

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Medicare or Medicaid Coverage and the Path to Employment

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Wednesday, October 26, 2022

3–4:30 PM ET (2–3:30 PM CT)

Join us on October 26 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar!

This month, we’ll address myths about receiving Medicare and Medicaid while working. In addition, we’ll also highlight Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program resources that can help Ticketholders as they make the decision to work, search for jobs and transition to the workplace.

Specifically, the webinar will cover:

  • How employment and earnings affect Medicare or Medicaid.
  • Work Incentives related to Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Benefits counseling and Ticket Program services and supports.

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

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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 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

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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.