The Odyssey Foundation is committed to reducing childhood obesity and other childhood illnesses that affect the growth and development of children. Additionally, we provide resources to families of children with autism spectrum disorders.
The search tool on this website will help you find medical providers that are currently active in the Louisiana Medicaid program. An “active” provider is one that has received at least one paid visit within the last six months.
Traumatic Head & Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program
Louisiana’s Traumatic Head & Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund Program provides services in a flexible, individualized manner to Louisiana citizens with traumatic head or traumatic spinal cord injuries. The program enables individuals to return to a reasonable level of functioning and independent living in their communities.
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.
Social Security pays disability benefits to you and certain members of your family if you have worked long enough and have a medical condition that has prevented you from working or is expected to prevent you from working for at least 12 months or end in death.
The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of people from every region of the state who are appointed by the governor to develop and implement a five year plan to address the needs of persons with disabilities. Membership includes persons with developmental disabilities, parents, advocates, professionals, and representatives from public and private agencies.
Louisiana’s Family To Family Health Information Center
For Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Their Families Ages 0-26
In order to serve you right in your own backyard, Bayou Land Families Helping Families has partnered with Families Helping Families Resource Centers across the state to bringing you Louisiana’s Family to Family Health Information Center.
- Is a self advocacy group run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.
- Where people learn to speak up for themselves about decisions they make.
- Members can connect with others in their community, across the nation and around the world.
- Members learn about their rights and responsibilities as citizens of the United States of America.
Support for Students with Down Syndrome
The National Center for Education Statistics found that approximately 67,000 students with intellectual disabilities are enrolled in postsecondary programs, but that number has grown tremendously in recent years with the passing of the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008. Ensuring students with Down syndrome and their families have access to quality education opportunities after high school is key, but it’s just as important to ensure these students know about their options. The following guide highlights standout college programs, offers details about scholarships and financial aid and provides expert advice for families weighing their options.