The Council believes that all people with developmental disabilities should receive quality services to support a high quality of life. People with developmental disabilities and their families should be provided with the information and skills to support a life that is free of abuse, neglect, financial and sexual exploitation, and violations of their human and legal rights.
The Council’s training and leadership development initiatives provide people with information and skills so they are able to advocate for their needs and engage in capacity building and systems change activities.
Advocacy 101 is the portion of the Council’s website dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members and other concerned citizens to become stronger advocates for systems change.
Partners in Policymaking
Partners in Policymaking is a national leadership training program for people with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. It provides the most current knowledge about disability issues and develops the competencies necessary for effective advocacy to influence public policy at all levels of government.
Advocating to Improve Individual and Family Supports and Services
The Council advocates for the quality of individual and family supports and services to improve through several initiatives.
Self-Direction gives waiver participants the control to choose the people that they want to provide supports for them and in some cases, the ability to provide higher wages for their Direct Support Professional (DSP).
Supporting Self- Advocacy
The Council supports self-advocates and family members of persons with developmental disabilities to advocate for policies and practices that promote the self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life.
People First of Louisiana
People First is a statewide self-advocacy organization made up of and run by people with disabilities, to provide opportunities for self-advocates to speak for themselves on the issues that most impact and affect their lives.
The Council provides financial support for persons with developmental disabilities and/or their family members to participate in training, conferences, meetings and events to advance their knowledge of individual and family supports and services and to promote advocacy leadership.
Supported Independent Living Ombudsman Pilot Program
In collaboration with the Advocacy Center, the Council supported a pilot ombudsman program for people with developmental disabilities receiving Supported Independent Living (SIL) services in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes.
Legal Advocacy for Adults
In collaboration with the Advocacy Center, the Council is supporting a project to expand the scope and capacity of volunteer-based programs across the state that provide court-appointed legal representation and advocacy to include appropriate representation for elders and adults with disabilities, eighteen years of age or older, who are victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation and as a result require a legal remedy.
The My Choice project provided a new and innovative way to teach people with developmental disabilities about topics of their interest. The Arc of Louisiana developed a training model based on those topics that were identified as priority interest by people with developmental disabilities.