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CESP Scholarships Available

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Establish yourself as a Certified Employment Support  Professional! There are a small number of scholarships available from the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council (LA DDC) to take the CESP during the next testing window of October 1-7, and applications will be accepted beginning on Aug 27.  If you are interested in the scholarship, contact Laura Stazio at lstazi@lsuhsc.edu before August 27. For more information about the CESP, see the benefits of certification on the APSE website.

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Updated LSU HDC Supported Employment Training Calendar

Louisiana APSE logoHDC Employment Initiatives have recently updated the Supported Employment Training Calendar for 2018, which includes both the 40 Hour Core Training Certificate and Continuing Education for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers. Trainings are cosponsored by the Louisiana Association of Persons Supporting Employment First (LA APSE).

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website to register, for additional training classes and more information.
 
 
40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training Certificate
for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers
  • Baton Rouge – Sept 18-20, 2018
  • New Orleans – October 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2018
  • Shreveport – Jan 15-17, 2019

4,500 Children Removed From Child Care Waiting List

 The Louisiana Department of Education today started the process of serving 4,500 children in child care programs, removing their names from the waiting list for the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), which provides financial assistance to low-income families while parents are working or attending school. The action comes after Congress appropriated additional one-time child care funds to Louisiana.

Read more here:
https://www.louisianabelieves.com/newsroom/news-releases/2018/08/01/4-500-children-removed-from-child-care-waiting-list-due-to-one-time-funding


Congratulations to Sara Saak!

Congratulations to Sara Saak of Mt. Carmel for her third place award in the  Summer Internship Research Day poster competition  – and a big thank you to Dr.Michael Norman who served as her mentor project and Maria Blanco who was a judge for the contest.

 


HDC CAC Members Elect Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

CAC members elected Shannon D’Aquila (left) as Chairperson and Patsy White (right) as Vice Chairperson at the meeting on March 9th, 2018. The two will serve in their leadership roles for three-year terms.

 

Shannon D’Aquila, CAC Chairperson

Shannon is the mother of two young ladies: Colleen age 11 and Kathleen age 10. Her youngest daughter, Kathleen, was diagnosed with Autism at the age of two. Since that time, she has advocated for both her daughter and other children with special needs, particularly Autism, with the school system, legislation, insurance companies, Jefferson Parish Human Services Authorities, medical professionals, and therapy providers. She has been family participant in HDC’s LASARD project, a speaker at the LASARD conference in 2012, and a LEND family mentor for the past two years. Second only to having all of her daughter’s needs met, she is most passionate about families of children with disabilities both being empowered to advocate for themselves and their loved ones and having knowledge on how to receive appropriate services.

 

Patsy White, CAC Vice Chairperson

Patsy and her husband of 38 years, Jeffrey, have five children and seven grandchildren. Her 20-year-old son, Michael, has Prader-Willi Syndrome and her 17 year-old-son, Jeffrey, is on the Autism Spectrum.  Over the years, she has worked to educate herself about advocacy in the disability community. She has completed the Partners in Policymaking and the LEND programs, as well as the Prader-Willi Syndrome WYATT Advocates for Education program. She is active with the Regional Advisory Council for Region 3, St Charles Council on Aging, St. Charles Parish Early Childhood Development Policy Council, LASARD, PAIMI Council, Board of Directors of the Advocacy Center, PWSA(USA) Louisiana, and PWSA(USA) Advocacy Committee. She has also served on the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, as well as the Louisiana Department of Education Special Education Advisory Panel. Her philosophy is not to change her child to fit the world, but to change the world to fit her child.


Shout Out to Ms. Walker


SAVE THE DATES September 14 & 15 for Connections 2018

The third annual Connections 2018 Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, September 14 – 15 at the Human Development Center (411 South Prieur St, NOLA). It is being sponsored by the Louisiana Deafblind Project, Louisiana Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EDHI) Program, and the Collaborative for Students with Unique Communication Needs. Featured topics include Mild Hearing Loss, Theory of Mind, Pro-Tactile Communication, and Communication Matrix. Registration Information will be forthcoming, please email ladbp@lsuhsc.edu for more information.

Save the Dates September 14 & 15 for Connections 2018 Flyer

WHEN: Friday, September 14, 2018, 8:00 to Saturday, September 15, 2018, 5:00 PM

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New Supported Employment Training Calendar

Louisiana APSE logoHDC Employment Initiatives have updated the Supported Employment Training Calendar for 2018, which includes both the 40 Hour Core Training Certificate and Continuing Education for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers.

See the LSU HDC Employment Initiatives Website to register or for more information.
 
Note that the June session is right around the corner and that the price of training is going up after this June session.  There is now a discount for Louisiana APSE members, as the training is co-sponsored by Louisiana ASPE. Please email Laura Stazio at lstazi@lsuhsc.edu if you have any questions.
 
 
 
40 Hour Supported Employment CORE Training Certificate
for LRS and Medicaid Employment Providers
  • New Orleans at LSU HDC – June 12-14, 2018
  • Baton Rouge – August 21-23, 2018
  • Lafayette – Sept 18-20, 2018
  • New Orleans – October 30, 31 & Nov 1, 2018
  • Shreveport – Jan 15-17, 2019

 

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LASARD June 2018 Newsletter

Check out the LASARD June 2018 Newsletter!

Highlights: The LASARD Project hosted two workshops for their partner and alumni districts in New Orleans on Wednesday, May 9th and Thursday, May 10th. The Alumni Workshop focused on the teams creating a sustainability plan and hearing what other alumni districts across the state are doing to sustain LASARD practices after graduating. Team Workshop 3 focused on celebrating the accomplishments and sharing ideas for moving forward.  Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018: Algiers Charter, Collegiate Academies, and Tangipahoa Parish.

 


Congratulations to Will Johnson!

Please join HDC CAC coordinator Lauren Griffiths in congratulating fellow CAC member Will Johnson on becoming a Storyteller who will advocate for the right to work for people with disabilities! Will was selected as one of three winners of the Rooted in Rights’ Storytellers 2018 competition. You can also see the announcement on Rooted in Rights Facebook page. Thanks to all of you voted during the voting period.