2017 AAIDD Louisiana Awards Nominations!
Please go to our Awards Nomination page for a description and instruction on how to vote!
Pam Carey - benefits and opportunities for Adaptive Sports
Dr. Rebecca Mandal-Blasio - Staff Burnout
Dr. Lauren Rasmussen - Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia
Jeff Arceaneux - Our Role in Minimizing Bullying
Terrance Webb - Fair Labor Act
Sharon Delvisco - Effective Communication
AAIDD Announces its 2017 Delegation to Iceland and Ireland
The goal of the delegation is to research the supports provided for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Iceland and Ireland.To learn firsthand about the approaches in these countries, the delegation will examine the following questions:
Since 1996, AAIDD has sponsored professional research and exchange delegations to China, South Africa, Russia, India, Cuba, Brazil, Norway, Poland, Japan, Korea, and Australia.
For more information and an application please go to the national AAIDD webpage at aaidd.org
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities to Screen Individuals to Better Determine Needs
Beginning in November of 2016, OCDD began assisting individuals on the waiting list in finding available services in the community.
OCDD conducted individualized screenings for those who have applied for home and community-based waiver services and are on the agency’s request for services waiting list.
Purpose of the Screening
The screening allowed professionals to better understand the needs of each individual who is on the waiting list, and make referrals to other available services, where available and if needed. Accepting other services will not change a person’s registry status. The screenings provided OCDD with a more accurate understanding of the level of need for those who have requested community-based services under the NOW waiver.
Individuals on the waiting list were contacted by a screening representative and those that wanted to scheduled a time to meet and conduct the formal screening, called the Screening for Urgency of Need (SUN). The screening visit took approximately two hours. .
During the screening, individuals expect talked with a screening representative about their needs, types of existing formal and informal supports/services they currently receive, types of supports/services they need but do not currently receive, and the urgency of their needs. After the screening process, appropriate referrals will be made to the regional Human Services District/Authority or other governmental agency.