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.