American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

  Louisiana chapter

AAIDD Louisiana 
hopes you had a happy 
and safe 4th of July

2017 AAIDD Louisiana Awards Nominations!

Please go to our Awards Nomination page for a description and instruction on how to vote!

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Conference 
Sneak Peek

Topics

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:

  • How has each nation's history, culture, and context shaped the its approach to intellectual disability?
  • What are the structure and delivery methods of supports provided for people with intellectual disability in these countries?
  • How do people with intellectual and developmental disabilities participate in the development of their supports?
  • How does the service system respond across the lifespan with different packages of supports?

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


Did you know

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. 

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