Exceptional Times
June 2016

  Exceptional Times is a monthly electronic newsletter produced by
 Families Helping Families of Jefferson and 
Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center
a project of FHF of Jefferson.

Medicaid Expansion 
Opens Enrollment on
June 1, 2016
 
By:  Mary Jacob
 
Bayou Health is changing names to Healthy Louisiana and will now include everyone eligible for the Medicaid Expansion in addition to those already on LaCHIP and Medicaid though Bayou Health. 
 
Effective July 1, 2016 Louisiana will expand the Medicaid program to include tens of thousands of Louisiana citizens that didn't make enough money to qualify for a federally subsidized health care plan through the Affordable Care Act.   If you or someone you know in the past has been told they do not qualify for a federally subsidized health care plan because they DIDN'T earn enough money - they should now be able to get Medicaid.
 
The Louisiana state's new Medicaid Expansion program applies to individuals that are:
  • Louisiana residents, aged 19 to 64 years old.
  • Doesn't already qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.
  • With or without dependent children.
  • Is a U.S. Citizen
  • Has a household income less than 138% of the federal poverty level.
 Below is a chart of 138% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2016:

Household Size
Weekly
Bi-Weekly
Monthly
Yearly
1
$316
$631
$1,367
$16,395
2
$426
$851
$1,843
$21,108
3
$536
$1,071
$2,319
$27,821
4
$645
$1,290
$2,795
$33,534
5
$755
$1,510
$3,271
$39,248
6
$865
$1,730
$3,747
$44,961
  
Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection and Take Charge Plus programs will automatically be included in the new Medicaid Expansion and Healthy Louisiana.  Individuals currently enrolled in GNOCHC or Take Charge Plus do not need to apply for Medicaid expansion coverage.  Those eligible for Medicaid expansion coverage will get a letter from Medicaid telling them they will have full Medicaid effective July 1.  If you have changed addresses and your letter is returned undeliverable - YOU WILL BE REMOVED from all coverage.  Living in specific areas determine your eligibility and moving without notifying the appropriate people of your change and continued eligibility determined is grounds for denying coverage.  

How to Apply for Medicaid Expansion:

Effective June 1, 2016 individuals can apply for Medicaid in one of the following three ways: 
  • Call 1.888.342.6207
  • In Person at one of the many statewide application assistance centers.  To find an application assistance center near you, please click  here
How to Chose a Health Plan:

Make a list of the doctors, clinics, hospitals and other providers you use now.  Decide which ones are important to you and which ones you want to keep using.  You can search those providers to see if they are on any of the Healthy Louisiana Health Plans here.

If you currently don't have a doctor or any other medical provider, choose a plan first. The plans that are currently available are:

The 5 Plans currently available are:
  • Aetna Better Health - 1.855.242.0802
  • Amerigroup Real Solutions - 1.800.600.4441
  • AmeriHealth Caritas - 1.888.756.0004
  • Louisiana Healthcare Connections - 1.866.595.8133
  • United Healthcare - 1.866.675.1607
To learn more about each of these plans click here.  All plans will provide basic health services which include doctor/professional services, well child visits, chiropractic services for children, emergency room services, eye care services, family planning services, inpatient hospital services, home health care, immunizations for children, lab and x-ray services, maternity care while pregnant and through delivery, medical transportation, medical equipment, mental health services, occupational therapy, outpatient hospital services, physical therapy, prescription drugs and speech and language therapies.  

Additionally, each plan offers some extra benefits.  These benefits include extra things like adult dental care, free memberhps to Weight Watchers, Boys and Girls Clubs, High School GED Program, Cell phones, free over the counter medicines and a variety of gift cards. To read more about these extra benefits, click here.  

To learn more about the new Louisiana Medicaid Expansion or Healthy Louisiana, call 1.855.229.6848 or email at [email protected] 

Check out these other great articles we've provided for you this month: 






 
Learning Opportunities by FHF
Educating and Training
 

- June Webinars -

Who Writes Next Year's IEP? Parent Participation: Thursday, June 2, 2016, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm One of IDEA's foundational principles is the right of parents to participate in educational decision making regarding their child with a disability. The law is very specific about what school systems must do to ensure that parents have the opportunity to participate, if they so choose.  An overview of the steps the school system will take and ensure that parents have the opportunity to participate will be discussed.

Keeping Good Records: How to Create a Paper Trail:  Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 10:30 am - 11:30 amThere are lots of reasons to keep your child's records. Having access to detailed information can help you partner with your child's teachers. Copies of official documents can also be useful if you ever have a dispute with the school about whether it's giving your child enough services or placing her in the most appropriate setting.  This training will provide various options of recordkeeping along with a useful checklist.
 
This Is My Life!  Supporting Self-Determination: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - The independence of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related disabilities can be supported by directly teaching critical skills, such as setting goals and making choices.  Teaching these self-determination skills will help students not only while they are in school, but also when they exit high school into college and work.  This beginner-level workgroup will overview self-determination, review strategies, and highlight resources to support students to make decisions and advocate for themselves.

Applied Behavior Analysis: What is it? Who is qualified? How do I get it? Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am (PST) - This webinar will provide participants with a basic introduction to autism and ABA.  It will give participants the information on what is required to obtain services and where to start.

Analisis de Comportamiento (ABA*): ¿Qué es? ¿Quien califica? ¿Cómo lo obtengo? Friday, June 10, 2016, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (PST) - Este seminario ofrecerá una introducción básica sobre el autismo y el ABA*.  Los participantes recibiran informa ción sobre lo que se requiere para obtener servicios y por dónde empezar.

Is Your Child's IEP Individualized? Thursday, June 23, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - One of the most important parts of the special education process is creating a plan for your child's education.  This plan is called the Individualized Education Program, or the IEP. The IEP is the foundation for your child's education, and you are a very important member of the team that develops it.  This presentation will provide an overview of the process which has many
parts ─ one step at a time.

Keeping Good Records: How to Create a Paper Trail:  Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - There are lots of reasons to keep your child's records. Having access to detailed information can help you partner with your child's teachers. Copies of official documents can also be useful if you ever have a dispute with the school about whether it's giving your child enough services or placing her in the most appropriate setting.  This training will provide various options of recordkeeping along with a useful checklist.

Who Writes Next Year's IEP? Parent Participation: Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - One of IDEA's foundational principles is the right of parents to participate in educational decision making regarding their child with a disability. The law is very specific about what school systems must do to ensure that parents have the opportunity to participate, if they so choose.  An overview of the steps the school system will take and ensure that parents have the opportunity to participate will be discussed.
 
A Smooth Move to Adulthood Transition Health Care Information for Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am - The transition from pediatric care to adult health services is a critical time for YSHCN and can be challenging for families and youth alike.  The Smooth Move to Adulthood webinar explores tools and strategies that can help families get ready for this important transition.  This program will provide expert recommendations on youth health transition (YHT)  and identify key community programs and resources which support transition activities.  Come and explore the why, when, and how of YHT Planning.   Join the conversation - bring your ideas and questions!


View our full calendar of events here.


Youth Corner
Educational trainings and resources to assist
individuals with disabilities ages 16 - 26 and their parents, family members, guardians, advocates, 
and/or authorized representatives
 


- June Workshops -

A Smooth Move to Adulthood Transition Health Care: Information For Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Disabilities - Friday, June 10, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, East Bank Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Ave, Metairie, LA 70001: The transition from pediatric care to adult health services is a critical time for YSHCN and can be challenging for families and youth alike.  The Smooth Move to Adulthood Workshop explores tools and strategies that can help families get ready for this important transition.  This interactive program will provide expert recommendations on youth health transition (YHT), identify key community programs and resources which support transition activities, and offers an opportunity to dialogue with expert parents and clinicians.  Come and explore the why, when, and how of YHT Planning.   Join the conversation - bring your ideas and questions! Click here for more information! 
To register, call: 504-888-9111 or toll free 1-800-766-7736    Click here to register online!


Transition from High School to Employment and Adulthood for Individuals with Disabilities: What lies ahead?" - Friday, June 24, 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Jefferson Parish Department of Workforce Connection, 1900 Lafayette Street, Suite 1, Gretna, LA 70053: This two-hour session will provide: 
  • An overview of transition from school to the community
  • Available supports, opportunities and services,
  • Local and national examples of successful transitions,
  • Working with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Community Rehabilitation Programs (CRPS) to obtain meaningful WORK.
  • Funding and agency "rules"/policies
  • How to select a service provider, what services to expect and how employment services are delivered,
  • Impact of earnings on SSI, SSDI and other federal benefits
  • Information to help negotiate state and local agencies that will provide these services.
To register, call: 504-888-9111 or toll free 1-800-766-7736       Click here to register online!

Learning Opportunities Provided by Others
Education and Training

FHF thinks it is important for individuals to be armed with enough information to either assist or make decisions around disability issues that impact your life or that of a family member.  Therefore, we are happy to share the following training opportunities others are doing around the state.  Please note we do not handle registration for these opportunities.


Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies, Thursday, June 2, 2016, 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm EDT - This webinar will address Dyslexia by providing a definition and common profiles of students who experience this disability; including strengths, areas of need, and presentation of learning difficulties in the classroom. Participants will learn how to support students who experience dyslexia with regard to developing goals and choosing appropriate accommodations as part of students' individualized education plans (IEPs).   Click here for more information!

What is Inclusive Schooling and Is That What We REALLY Want to Know?  Friday, June 3, 2016, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Bossier Instructional Center - 2719 Airline Drive, Bossier City, LA  71111:  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004 is the most recent direction to families and public school staff on the requirements to educate students with disabilities. Many schools have Mission Statements which refer, rightfully, to fostering each student's success, improvement in every child's achievement, and preparation of all for global citizenship in the community. Students with disabilities attend the schools with IDEA's legal requirements and stated missions. Is it possible we already KNOW what Inclusive Schooling is? If so, is the REAL question-HOW do we include students with disabilities in the regular rhythm of school life-class rooms, hallways, cafeteria, enrichment, extra-curricular activities and daily routines?  Our speaker Charlene Comstock-Galagan will help us explore the HOW of making schools more successful at including students with disabilities while fulfilling the obligation under IDEA of preparing students with disabilities for further education, employment and independent living!  All participants will receive information on how to become involved in systems change for individuals with developmental disabilities and how to become empowered advocates. Partners alumni are also encouraged to attend as a "refresher."   This workshop is funded by the Louisiana Development Disabilities Council and collaborated with Families Helping Families Region 7.  To register, please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-is-inclusive-schooling-and-is-that-what-we-really-want-to-know-tickets-24990879393. 

Early Childhood Interventions & Autism Spectrum Disorder,  Friday, June 10, 2016, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm, Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Airport, Metairie, LA: This workshop provides an insight into the diagnostic process that is used with young children who demonstrate atypical developmental patterns. A variety of treatment approaches, and the research supporting each approach will be discussed and interventions using the approaches will be practiced in an interactive lab-based format throughout the day. This workshop examines issues regarding emotional regulation, sensory processing, communication, and socialization. Strategies to support the development of positive replacement behaviors will be presented. This workshop will provide participants with effective teaching strategies backed by the latest research, giving participants the tools you need to facilitate successful early intervention in pre-school children on the spectrum. Click here for more information!

Building Community Through Social Capital, Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, SpringHill Suites, 5115 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles, LA  70605 All individuals with disabilities and their family  members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in life.  Although none of us can predict the future, we can look at ways and means to better prepare for the future by understanding the impact of friendships in our lives.  Sociologist call this "social capital" and it's amazing what our relationships do for us.  Learning objectives are 1) Participants will understand historical treatments experienced by people/families experiencing disabilities; 2) Participants will be introduced to community approach; 3) Major aspects of friendships will be overviewed; and 4) 4 key steps to developing more friendships.  This workshop is funded by the Louisiana Development Disabilities Council and presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Community Living and Support Services.  This event is a collaboration with Families Helping Families of Southwest, Louisiana.  To register, please go to: http://bit.ly/bldgscap 

Building Community Through Social Capital, Saturday, June 18, 2016, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, LSU Health Sciences Center, Human Development Center, 411 South Prieur Sreet, New Orleans, LA  All individuals with disabilities and their family  members (as well as professionals who are involved with the family) are interested in seeing themselves or their son/daughter/relative be successful in life.  Although none of us can predict the future, we can look at ways and means to better prepare for the future by understanding the impact of friendships in our lives.  Sociologist call this "social capital" and it's amazing what our relationships do for us.  Learning objectives are 1) Participants will understand historical treatments experienced by people/families experiencing disabilities; 2) Participants will be introduced to community approach; 3) Major aspects of friendships will be overviewed; and 4) 4 key steps to developing more friendships.  This workshop is funded by the Louisiana Development Disabilities Council and presented by Al Condeluci, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Community Living and Support Services.  This event is a collaboration between FHF of Jefferson, FHF of Southeast LA and LSU, Human Development Center.  To register, please go to:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-community-through-social-capitol-new-orleans-tickets-24821355342.

 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clearview Mall  
Sears Rear Parking Lot
 4436 Veterans Blvd, Metairie,  LA  

Bring your kids out for a fun time.  Lots of different vehicles on wheels will be on display for kids to explore, pretend drive, pretend ride and discover.  Fun for the whole family.  Examples of some of the vehicles your child will be allowed to explore is Police Car, Fire Engine, Ambulance, Dune Buggy, Motor Cycles, RV, Accessible Vans, Dump Truck, Crane and more! 

Only $5.00 per person
Family Discount offered at $20 for family of 6

Refreshments will be available for sale. 

Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  

Have a fun or unique vehicle you want to share for our event

Sponsors:

Pick-up Truck Level
         
Backhoe Level



Motorcycle Level

Tim Walker - Chief of Police 
Harahan Police Department




Help us thank our food donors one more time by being a future patron:

2 Amigos, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Chez Ru Rene, City
Wholesale Liquor, Coco Cola, Fox & Hound, Happy Italian Pizzeria,
Kim Anh Noodle House, Langensteins, Nacho Mama's, 
Nothing Bundt Cakes, Papa John's Pizza, Roly Poly's, Theo's Pizza, Zoe's Kitchen and Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market - Kenner

Missed it but still want to donate.  Just click here!
Learning Links
Education and Training

If you've ever done an internet search on a topic, you know first-hand how difficult it is to sort through the thousands of links that come up with the search. Below is a list of some of our favorite links for the month that others have shared with us. We hope you find them as informative as we did.



Keep Kids Learning This Summer - The Summer Learning Community at www.Understood.org connects you with education experts and other parents. At the Understood website you can: Build summer reading lists. Turn IEP/504 plan goals into summer learning goals. Read an Expert Q&A on why it's important for kids to continue learning during the summer. 

Discovering FeelingsThe "Discovering Feelings" booklet is designed to assist caregivers in helping young children (birth to age three) to learn the labels for their feelings. It is available in English and Spanish. A companion set of  Consultant's Notes offers ideas for how to assist others in using these resources.

Successful Transition to College: the Role of Technology (Series)AT Specialists Bryan Ayres and Janet Peters led this series of 2 webinars on Successful Transition to College: The Role of Technology. The first webinar discusses major factors in AT planning for students with disabilities transitioning to employment or post-secondary environments.

Disability DisclosureThis video provides a short introduction to disability disclosure for youth with disabilities in school or at work. It shows a young adult filling out an application for employment and trying to decide if he should disclose or not his disability. There is also a scene in which an employer asks if the young adult has a disability, which is not legal. 

Engaging Parents in Production Partnerships
in an easy-to-read presentation of suggestions on how eductors and service providers can effectively collaborate with parents including specific recommendations for IEP meetings.  
Participacion de los Padres en Asociaciones Productivas

37th Institute on Rehabilitation Issues (IRI) document, "Understanding the Affordable Care Act: A Toolkit for VR Counselors" - This toolkit is designed to help you understand how the changes in our health care system can provide additional opportunities for people and businesses to get health care coverage.

Health World (HW) e-Learning programs, student assignments, classroom activities and lesson plans may be accessed by schools throughout the United States, thus providing comprehensive health and safety resources for PreK through 12th grade. Since 1995, more than 4-million students have participated in Health World programs, focusing on education that empowers students to be active participants towards a healthier future.

Researchers Develop a Revolutionary Braille Tablet for the Blind - Researchers at the University of Michigan recently unveiled a new Braille-enabled prototype tablet that makes it possible for those with vision problems to read text on a full display.

Sexuality Education for Youth with DisabilityThis is a site that the University of Michigan Health System put together to educate families on what they need to know about youth with disabilities or chronic conditions. The site has more links leading to different resources that families may find helpful. They have information on how to deal with the many aspects of disability, love, sex, and puberty in a responsible and affirming way. 

YouthhoodThis is a website provided the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition and the University of Michigan. They provide a safe and fun way for youth with disabilities to plan their future through self-determination and youth development. This website was built to help our youth plan for the future. 
 


Upcoming 
future great events 
you won't want 
to miss. 

47th Annual Autism Society National Conference, July 13, 2016 Preconference, July 14 - 16 Keynotes, Concurrent Sessions and Exhibition Hall, Marriott Hotel New Orleans, 555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130: Since 1965, the Autism Society has embraced its mission to make a better world for all with autism. Shortly after its founding, the Autism Society held an inaugural national conference to discuss the state of children with ASD in America. This meeting brought together parents of children with ASD to share resources, experiences and develop strategies to be effective advocates for their children.

Today, the Autism Society's annual conference represents one of the largest gathering of autism families, service providers, educators, policymakers and key allies in the disability community. We have an exciting list of speakers this year which include:
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2nd Annual 
5k & 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk Against Bullying

Time to dust off those superhero capes and save Saturday, October 1, 2016 for the 2nd Annul 5k and 1 mile Fun Run/Walk Against Bullying.  
Save the date and don't miss out on this day of fun! 

Live Music   Great Food   Beer   Kid Activities   Awards

Prizes for Fundraising Teams
Prizes for Fundraising Individuals
Prizes for Schools with 50 or More Participants

New Location:    
Lafreniere Park

Be a Superhero Against Bullying!

SPONSORS:
 
Brave Sponsorship Level


United Sponsorship Level

 

Equality Sponsorship Level

Metairie Bank

Sponsorship opportunities are now available.  


Participant Registration and Vendor Registration Information Coming Soon. 


Planning Committee Volunteers Needed

We are searching for a few committed individuals to serve on our planning committee. The planning committee meets, discusses, and organizes the event for maximum efficiency and profit.   Individuals do not need experience in races - just a passion to help.  If you have the time to commit to this volunteer committee, please contact Janice Watsky at [email protected]  

Extensive Lending Library


Families Helping Families has an extensive lending library. Books, dvds and more are here, free of charge for families and professionals to check out. You are welcome to come and browse our library during our office hours, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.  If you cannot make it into our office, you can see a complete list of our inventory and any item can be mailed to you.  Just click here  to see a complete list of items in our lending library.

Before you buy it - check to see if we have it!

Changing Lives. Every Day.
Success Story of the month.
 
Every day we hear wonderful things about the work we do for individuals in the community. One of the things that keep us going daily are the success stories we hear.

Navigating + Advocating = SUCCESS
As a family who was relocating to the area, we were overwelmed trying to navigate the school system. With two young special needs children, we felt like all of our work on our kids was being erased. 



Developmental Disabilities Services Directory



 
The Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities provides supports and services through a variety of locations throughout the state to support the dignity, quality of life and security in the everyday lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families, acting as the Single Point of Entry.

 

OCDD Central Office

Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities
628 North 4th Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802

 

PO Box 3117, Bin #21
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3117

 

Phone: 1.225.342.0095
Toll-Free: 1.866.783.5553
Fax: 1.225.342.8823


Waiver Registry Dates

As of May 27, 2016 the following dates have been reached on the waiver registry, a.k.a the waiting list.  

New Opportunities Waiver (NOW) -  8/18/2004

Children's Choice Waiver -  6/20/2006

Supports Waiver - 12/31/2014

Not sure where you are on the registry?  Call 1.800.364.7828.

A Little Lagniappe:
A little of this and a little of that - more stuff that might interest you. 

The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council was established in compliance with federal regulations governing the Rehabilitation Act (P.L. 102-569). The LRC works with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) to ensure the involvement of individuals with disabilities in the development and delivery of vocational rehabilitation services to Louisianans with disabilities. The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council Meetings are held quarterly in different areas of the State. Please take note all meetings are open public forum. The 2016 meetings scheduled are: 
July 28-29, 2016 - Embassy Suites Hotel, 4914 Constitution Ave., Baton Rouge, La
October 27-28, 2016 - Baton Rouge 
If you would like to be considered for membership on the Council or would like more information about the LRC, you can contact Paige Kelly (225) 219-2947 or toll free at 1-800-737-2958. E-mail:[email protected]. 

Understanding Grade-Level Expectations - Many parents have questions about what their children are expected to do at each grade-level.  Milestones, a free online collection of videos, is aimed at helping parents understand these grade-level expectations in grades K-5.  Milestones shows students demonstrating what success looks like in reading, writing and math, grade by grade. Milestones is also available in Spanish. 

The "Because who is perfect? Get closer' campaign captures the reaction of people as mannequins modeled after people with disabilities are displayed in store windows.

The Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) CenterPBIS provides resources to educators to help build a supportive climate for their entire school, and thereby their students, by teaching behavioral expectations like they would for other core curriculum subjects.

Disability Unemployment Rate Sees Improvement - An increasing number of Americans with disabilities are finding work, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International® is a global non-profit leader dedicated to providing empowering and effective child protection, positive communication, and personal safety skills for all ages and abilities. Since 1989, we have served over 4 million childrenteens, andadults, including those with special needs, through our free online library, affordable publications and K-12 curriculum, in-person workshops, and professional consulting. We prepare families,schools, and organizations to prevent bullyingsexual abuseabduction and other violence through greater awareness, action, and skills. Kidpower has certified more than 150 instructors, serving people across the U.S. and in many other countries.

TRICARE ABA Reimbursement Rate Survey - On April 1, 2016 TRICARE ABA cut reimbursement rates as much as 15%.  These cuts may affect the access to care and quality of life for our children.  We would like to know how you will be or could be impacted by the decrease in reimbursement rates for ABA services. 

SPOKES (Support for Parents Of Kids with Epilepsy and Seizures) is a support group and activity program for parents of children with epilepsy. Here parents can connect and find common ground on the successes and challenges they face in raising a child with seizures. Healthcare professionals are also encouraged to attend. This program is only available in Louisiana. For more information about our monthly support groups throughout the state, please visit our website www.epilepsylouisiana.org or call our office 225.298.5499 and ask to be added to the SPOKES email list. Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Help line: 1.800.332.1000

    
Our Team

Click here for a list of Staff or Board Members

Families Helping Families of Jefferson is your one stop shop for disability information. We are the only family resource center for individuals with all disabilities, all ages and their families in Jefferson Parish. We offer services across the lifespan.

Congratulations to our newly elected Board Officers:

Greg Brenan, Chair
Jo Ann LoRusso, Vice-Chair
Michelle Roberie, Secretary
Kevin Walker, Treasurer

Additional board members are:

Georgia Cuny
Maria Blanco, Past Chair

Newly elected board members are:

Judy Otto

              
Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center (LaPTIC) is a program  of Families Helping Families of Jefferson and a grant from the US Department of Education; Office of Special Education (OSEP) as Louisiana's official and only statewide federally funded Parent Training   and Information Center. 
Two Groups You Want to JOIN!



LaCAN is a statewide grassroots network of individuals, families and advocates who have worked together since 1988 advocating for a service system that supports individuals with disabilities to live in their own homes rather than having to be segregated from their communities in a facility to receive support.  Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana's Community and Family Support System Plan.  To join or learn more about LaCAN,      




LaTEACH (Louisiana Together Educating ALL Children) is a statewide grassroots advocacy network created for the purpose of effecting systems change.  LaTEACH promotes appropriate, inclusive education for all students. LaTEACH works to make parents, educators, the general public, and state leadership informed and supportive of research-based and effective practices used appropriately for each student.  To join or learn more about LaTEACH,    


FHF of Jefferson
201 Evans Road, Bldg. 1, #100
Harahan, LA  70123
504.888.9111
800.766.7736 (toll free)

The Mission of Families Helping Families is to educate and connect children and adults with disabilities and their families to resources, services & supports to attend school, work and thrive in their communities.



Families Helping Families of Jefferson and Louisiana Parent Training and Information Center | 201 Evans Rd. | Bldg. 1, Ste. 100 | Harahan | LA | 70123