In the Community
evolve from the voice of our families and are sensitive to the diverse and changing needs of our communities. All of our services and programs are FREE.
We are a community that loves and support families that have family members with a disability. We come together to have Softball Benefits, attend Disability Rights Rally and be a voice in our community.
Families Helping Families Region 7 has compiled a list of support groups
throughout our region that are ready and willing to serve you.
LaTEACH (Louisiana Together Educating ALL Children) is an initiative of the
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. It is one of many organizations
in Louisiana that is dedicated to providing services for individuals with disabilities.
8th Annual Special Education Conference - March 2016
Our 8th Annual Education Conference was held on March 19, 2016, at The Ramada Shreveport. In attendance was over 40 parents and community members from surrounding parishes to hear the Honorable Mayor Ollie S. Tyler speak on Education: The Big Picture. Also we were honored to have Ms. Jennifer Coco, a Staff Attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center in New Orleans, La. 70130, speaking to us on Provisions of Legal Advocacy for your Special Needs Student. Both speakers empowered the attendees with a welt of valuable information giving us tools we can use to better advocate for our special needs children.
Photo Gallery of Education Conference March 2016
Disability Rights Day - April 5, 2016
Hundreds of LaCAN members from every region of the state gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 5th to participate in the Council’s annual Disability Rights Day. Members formed small teams to visit with their regional legislators sharing this year’s message, "We’re not an OPTION. We’re a PRIORITY," along with fact sheets detailing the importance and necessity of funding for various supports and services that people with disabilities need to live in their own homes and be fully participating members of their communities. Many of these services are in jeopardy of cuts and/or elimination in the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) due to the budget shortfall.
At noon members converged on the Capitol steps for a rally program which was highlighted by the first-ever appearance of a Louisiana Governor. Governor John Bel Edwards spoke to the crowd, committing to work to protect disability services, and encouraging advocates to continue their work in sharing their stories and educating him and members of the legislature.
Photo Gallery of Disability Rights Day April 2016