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This ‘Forgotten’ Part Of Special Education Could Lead To Better Outcomes For Student

Many former special education students struggle to find good-paying jobs, and high schools are partly to blame.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Kate Lord didn’t have a plan when she graduated from Brunswick High School in 2014. For two years, she was unemployed. Eventually, her father was able to use his connections at Bowdoin College to get her a job working in a kitchen. For 20 hours a week, she lines muffin pans and preps dessert trays. At this time, the bakery job suffices. Kate is a hard worker and a pleasure to be around, her supervisor said. But she has no interest in the food industry. Her father believes she could do a lot more, and wishes her high school had done more to help her visualize her future and then take steps to reach her goals. Read more here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/special-education-transition_us_5a341a65e4b0ff955ad2b810.

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ODEP’s Apprenticeship Works Video Series

Apprenticeship works for job seekers looking to punch their ticket to the middle class and for businesses seeking skilled workers who can thrive in the global economy. The US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy has just released a video series featuring apprentices with and without disabilities (Recruits) and their apprenticeship sponsors (Sponsors) in high-growth industries like information technology, healthcare, and marine engineering. These apprentices and their sponsors show how #ApprenticeshipWorks for them and how it can work for other job seekers and businesses across the country. #ApprenticeshipWorks for everyone. 

View the videos here: https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/Apprenticeshipworks-video-series.htm.   Videos are available in English and Spanish with full captioning and audio introduced version.

New Supported Employment Trainings

40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training

LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC) in collaboration with Louisiana APSE is providing statewide Employment Specialist Core Training. This 40 hour training meets LRS vendor training requirements and Medicaid Employment provider rules. It incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies and includes three full days of classroom instruction and fieldwork assignments. Class hours are 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The fee for this class is $350.
(If you would like to schedule a Core training in your region, please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed.)

  • Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • March 6-8, 2018

     –>>  Click here to register for 40 Hour Core Training  <<–


5.0 Hour SE Continuing Education Training

These training classes, co-sponsored by Louisiana APSE,  meet LRS/LWC and OCDD guidelines for Community Rehabilitation Providers and their staff. Each of these classes counts as 5.0 hours of Continuing Education for LRS/LWC, OCDD, and CESP renewal accreditation. The LRS requirement for staff for renewal of vendorship is 20 hours every three years. Each class takes place on one day scheduled from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM. The fee for these classes is $75 per training class.
(Please send an email to Sue Killam, M.Ed. if you would like to schedule any additional 5 Hour SE Training Classes in your region)

  • Lafayette at LRS Regional Office, 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Brandywine VI, Suite 350 (View Map/Get Directions)
    • Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, March 7, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, March 8, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits

  • New Orleans at LSU HDC, 411 South Prieur Street, Classroom #452 (View Map/Get Directions)

    • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, April 19, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits

  • Baton Rouge at UpLIFTD, 1979 Beaumont Avenue:

    • Tuesday, May 8, 2018 – SE Policy, Funding & Process

    • Wednesday, May 9, 2018 – SE Assessment, Job Development, Matching & Placement

    • Thursday, May 10, 2018 – SE Job Site Training & Benefits


–>>  Click here to register for one or more of the 5 Hour Core Training  <<–


Nutrition Is For Everyone February 2018

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LASARD February 2018 Newsletter

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Nutrition Is for Everyone January 2018

Jenry Schorling

The Nutrition is for Everyone Louisiana (NIFE LA) welcomes Jenry Schorling, LDN, RD, as a Deputy Nutrition Ambassador. Jenry will help with the development of accurate and appropriate nutrition education materials disseminated through the project. She will also consult with the NIFE LA team on nutrition education curriculum being developed in partnership with Special Olympics Louisiana which is piloting an 8-week nutrition and physical activity curriculum starting later this month. Read more…

Like and follow NIFE LA  Facebook page for other great updates and events!

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Save the Dates April 12th & 13th for Conference on Trauma-Informed MTSS/RTI: Practical and Evidenced-Based Practices

In conjunction with the Human Development Center, Data-Based Conferences will be bringing a team of national experts to back to New Orleans on Thursday and Friday, April 12th and 13th, 2018. This conference will be the 4th in New Orleans, where in previous years 300-plus educators from across the country have come to learn about pragmatic and research-based practices within a Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI). This year promises expansions of last year’s MTSS content with particular attention to trauma-related mental health interventions, dyslexia, diversity in team building, and severe disruptive behavior. More information can be found in the attached brochure and registration can be found at  www.dbcconferences.com.

WHEN: Thursday, April 12, 2018 to Friday, April 13, 2018

Related Resources

The FDIC Promotes the Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

The National Center on Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities (LEAD Center) has published an article in its December 2017 issue about how the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is promoting the financial inclusion of underserved populations through its Alliances for Economic Inclusion (AEIs). The FDIC has released four series of modules free of charge for different age groups under the name Money Smart, and has provided a Supplement for Instructors/Trainers: Scenarios for Financial Inclusion that will help expand understanding of the modules’ topics.

Read the article here.

The Money Smart modules can be found here: For Young Adults, For Adults, For Older Adults, For Small Business


Little Bitty Learning is getting famous!

On December 14, Lisa Staples, an HDC LEND trainee who works with HDC Nutrition Ambassador Lauren Griffiths to apply Cooking Matters lessons at HDC Early Head Start center McMillian’s First Steps, was featured in a post in the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship’s Beyond Boulders Blog, “Making nutrition fun again in New Orleans.” Staples implements the lessons learned in Cooking Matters courses as part of a program implemented at McMillian’s that is entitled Little Bitty Learning (LBL). The program thrives on student volunteers recruited through the Interprofessional Student Alliance (IPSA) as well as partnerships with Second Harvest and the Tulane University School of Public and Tropical Health Dietetic Internship. The program has not only succeeded in its main goal of encouraging (grand)parents to cook healthy meals for their (grand)children, but it also has had many fortunate side effects, including engaging the children in healthy eating, piquing the curiosity of the staff at McMillian’s, and strengthening family bonds.

You’re Hired! Laura Nata talks with Sue Killam on Supported Employment

On November 28, Sue Killam talked with Laura Nata of Families Helping Families Jefferson about supported employment in a Facebook video entitled You’re Hired.