Education and Early Intervention
The Council believes that people with developmental disabilities should be supported in reaching their full developmental and educational potential. All infants and young children with developmental disabilities should have access to early intervention services and supports. All students should have access to appropriate and inclusive education.
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The Council advocates for children with developmental disabilities to have access to quality, inclusive educational opportunities that prepare them for post-secondary education and/or competitive, integrated employment. The Council strives for children participating in EarlySteps to demonstrate improved developmental outcomes through increased access to quality services.
LaTEACH (Louisiana Together Educating ALL Children) is a statewide grassroots advocacy network created in October 2004 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.
Inclusive Schools Art Contest was sponsored by the Council in collaboration with LaTEACH, the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs, the Louisiana Department of Education and other organizations to promote inclusion.
The Autism Early Behavioral Intervention Project is a model program designed to build the capacity of EarlySteps in providing evidence-based interventions for young children with autism. The Autism Project is a joint effort between LSU's Human Development Center, the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities and the DD Council.
The Early Intervention Primary Service Provider (PSP) Model program seeks to improve developmental outcomes of children participating in EarlySteps. The PSP Model will be implemented as a demonstration project in Region 2 (Baton Rouge area) to provide knowledge and skill building activities to families and childcare providers to provide interventions based on Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP). The project expanded data collection activities into Livingston Parish.