Supported Employment Upcoming Trainings

In collaboration with Louisiana APSE, HDC provides 40 Hour Core training. This training meets LRS and OCDD vendor training requirements and incorporates APSE’s CORE Supported Employment Competencies. The class includes three full days of classroom instruction plus fieldwork assignments. The fee for this class is $350. One day classes valid for 5 Hour Continuing Education are also available. Please email for more information.

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LASARD Presents If You Build It, They Will Come: Building Education Opportunities

School is where Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) learners spend a large portion of their days. There needs to be multiple opportunities for students to USE and LEARN AAC each day. More than that though, we strive for full participation and interaction for students who use AAC. This session will explore strategies to help build AAC participation for both students and educators.

WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 2:30–3:30 PM

WHERE: Live online via Adobe Connect


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LASARD December 2017 Newsletter

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PAY Check Strikes GOLD!

LSUHSC Human Development Center PAY Check nominated the UMC-New Orleans for the Governor’s Outstanding Leadership in Disabilities (GOLD) Employer of the Year award because of their disability employment initiative which most recently included the LSU Health Human Development Center Postsecondary Apprenticeship Pilot for Youth (Pay Check).  The PAY Check pilot is an innovative collaboration between the LSUHSC-Human Development Center (HDC), Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Delgado Community College, two public school systems, one public Charter school association, and the University Medical Center-New Orleans (UMC-NO). Pay Check is a 3-5 semester program wherein students select courses at Delgado Community College related to UMC targeted apprenticeship areas, participate in professional career development activities, learn community and work skills, and gain employment experience through a paid apprenticeship at the University Medical Center. On November 15, 2017, at the Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge, PAY Check counselor Rebecca Ellis presented the GOLD Employer of the Year Award to Cathy J. Lazarus, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at LSU School of Medicine and Chief Academic Officer at UMC-NO.

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HDC at AUCD Conference

HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017

HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attend the AUCD Conference in Washington, DC, November 6, 2017

From November 5 to November 8, 2017, HDC faculty, staff, and LEND trainees attended the annual AUCD Conference in Washington, DC. The conference brings programs together from across the nation to discuss the strategies, innovations, and systems that support people with disabilities and their families. Two HDC employees made poster presentations: Michael C. Norman in the Deaf, Blind, and Deafblind Special Interest Group and Lauren Griffiths in a concurrent session detailing the success of Nutrition Is for Everyone in Louisiana.

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LADBP Teaches Sign Language and Braille Skills Through Free Courses

This fall LADBP staff offered two courses to teach participants sign language or braille skills to enhance their abilities to communicate with individuals with hearing or visual disabilities. Introduction to American Sign Language and Deaf Culture was held at the LSU Human Development Center and attended by several students enrolled in LSU School of Allied Health professions programs as well as individuals from community agencies. Introduction to Braille was offered in both an in-person or online format and was attended by educators, paraeducators, and family members of individuals with vision loss.  . The in-person class was offered in collaboration with the UNO Training, Resource, and Assistive-Technology Center with classes held on the UNO campus. If you are interested in attending future classes in these topics, send an email of interest to Rose Angelocci at to be notified of upcoming opportunities.

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Bottom Dollars Movie Screening

Bottom Dollar Flyer

The Advocacy Center and Human Development Center CAC present

Bottom Dollars

A free screening of an original documentary exposing the exploitation of people with disabilities seeking fair employment

December 14th, 2017 6:30PM–8:30PM

LSUHSC Human Development Center

411 S Prieur St, Room 130, New Orleans, LA 70112

Please RSVP to Mauricio LeSage at

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LASARD Newsletter Nov. 17

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CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” announces Milestone Tracker app

CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” program is pleased to announce the launch of its newest resource– the Milestone Tracker mobile app!


CDC's Free Milestone Tracker AppThis new app makes it easy for parents and other care providers to track, support and celebrate young children’s developmental milestones, as well as share this important information.

Although it is packed with parent-friendly features, this app isn’t just for parents! Healthcare providers can use the app to assist with developmental surveillance as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and early care and education providers can use the app to better understand their students’ skills and abilities and to engage families in monitoring developmental progress.


The Milestone Tracker app features


Download the app today from the App Store or Google Play (search “CDC’s Milestone Tracker”) and learn more about the app by visiting


To hear more about the app’s unique features, receive tips on how to use the app to boost family engagement around developmental monitoring and screening, and get ideas for promoting the app in your community, register for the fall Act Early Webinar “CDC’s New Milestone Tracker: There’s an App for That!” , taking place on November 29th from 3pm to 4pm ET.


*WE NEED YOUR HELP to spread the word in your community and across your networks!

We urge you copy and share ready-to-use promotional language and images from the samples below, or email for the complete marketing toolkit with additional newsletter samples, images, web buttons, flyers, and more—tailored for parents, healthcare or early care and education providers.

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HDC Webmaster Stuart Simon on WWL TV

On Friday, October 20, 2017, HDC Webmaster Stuart Simon was featured on Channel 4 WWL’s Eyewitness News at 6, part of Inclusion Day as proclaimed by Gov. Edwards. Watch the segment here and read Stuart’s bio here.

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