The Advocacy Center of Louisiana Launches Access LA Mobile App for People with Mobility Impairments 

The Advocacy Center of Louisiana announces the launch of Access LA, its new mobile application for people with mobility impairments. This mobile app, the first of its kind in Louisiana, will help people with mobility impairments find out the accessibility of restaurants, retail, and public venues across the state.

People with mobility impairments can’t always patronize places of public use due to accessibility issues. The Advocacy Center of Louisiana created the Access Louisiana crowdsourcing accessibility website and accompanying mobile application to aid Louisianans with disabilities, as well as tourists with disabilities, in finding accessible public spaces, and posting reviews of venues not already included in the app.

At a press conference launching the Access LA app and celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lois Simpson, Executive Director of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, said, “The Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law in 1990, has helped thousands of people with disabilities lead more inclusive and meaningful lives. But we can always do more. This Access LA app is just one more tool people with disabilities can use to live life to the fullest.” 

The Access LA app is available now for free download from the Apple App Store, and will be available for Android devices at the end of August. For more information, visit

Our sincere thanks to the donors who contributed to AC's 2013 "Go Where You Wanna Go" Year-End Campaign. Your generous support helped us make our dream of a statewide accessibilty crowdsourcing website and mobile app a reality.


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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Collection site

This site provides information and resources for States, local areas, non-profits and other grantees, and other stakeholders to assist with implementation of WIOA.  Some of the resources currently on this new site include:

  1. WIOA Vision
  2. WOA 101 Modules
  3. Partners' WIOA Sites
  4. Resources
  5. WIOA Stakeholder Consultation Recordings and Materials
  6. USDOL's WIOA Resource Page

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Southeast Louisiana Work Incentives

Planning & Assistance (SELAWIPA)

Accepting Referrals!

Advocacy Center is happy to announce the Social Security Administration funded Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program will resume providing “FREE” benefits advisement assistance to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries. 

We look forward to providing WIPA services to your clients. Our certified Community Work Incentive Coordinators (CWICS) can assist clients understand the impact of work on SSA and other state and federal benefits. CWICS will develop an individualized benefits analysis plan that can be used as a guide to help clients achieve their employment goals. To prepare your agency to begin making referrals, we request your support by sharing WIPA’s start date and new referral procedures with your staff.

Advocacy Center is authorized by SSA to provide benefits advisement services in the following            SELAWIPA Parishes: Orleans, Jefferson, East Baton Rouge, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Tangipahoa, West Feliciana, East Feliciana, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, Terrebonne, Assumption, LaFourche, Washington, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and St. Charles.

To refer clients for WIPA services:

  1. Call Advocacy Center’s SELAWIPA Intake at 1-855-877-8599 

Thank you in advance for your support and your client referrals to the WIPA program.

If you are interested in scheduling a training for your clients, agency or small and large groups, please contact at 1-800-960-7705 X-141 or email me at


To Access Benefits Planning Services in Other Parts of the State: 

The Louisiana Benefits Planning Services, LABPS, is one of two SSA funded Work Incentive Planning and Assistance grants awarded to organizations in Louisiana.To request services from LA-BPS visit their webste at:

You can also request assistance by calling:  (855) 886-5123


Do you need help to address your employment barriers? 

The Advocacy Center can help YOU! 

1.  The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Program (WIPA) assists beneficiaries of Social Security to understand how going to work impacts their Social Security benefits.  Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICS), who are employees of the Advocacy Center, are trained and certified by the Social Security Administration to provide advice and follow along service to help beneficiaries understand how work impacts SSA benefits and how work incentives can improve their success in employment.  CWICs help beneficiaries make informed decisions about working by developing a work plan that includes the use of SSA work incentives. CWICs also help the beneficiary understand the impact of work on state and federal programs, such as Waiver programs, housing, and other support services.

2.  Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security program or PABSS.  PABSS focuses on:

*  Assisting people with disabilities who want to enter the workforce or who want to maintain or regain their job, but who need an accommodation in order to do so.  PABSS  helps such people state their need for accommodations in a way that will get them the results they need.

*  Assisting people who believe they have been discriminated against by their employer to file complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

*  Working toward systemic changes that will help people with disabilities to have more and better opportunities to work in the competitive work environment. 

*  Providing information and guidance to Social Security beneficiaries who have an overpayment that exists as a barrier to employment. 

3.  Client Assistance Program (CAP) provides assistance to clients of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.  Examples of services include:  assistance during application for services, denial of services and funding, order of selection decision, assistive technology, employment services/training, communication issues with LRS, transition from school to work, education and other services requested to become employed.  

The Client Assistance Program recently took action to ensure that Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) would not require clients who receive Social Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) to contribute to the cost of their rehabilitation services. If you were discouraged by LRS from starting a small business, or were asked to contribute to the cost as a condition of receiving LRS services, please contact David Gallegos at 1-800-960-7705 x141 or

Click here to read more about AC's work regarding this matter.

To request assistance from PABSS and CAP , call Advocacy Center at 1-800-960-7705


Employment Outlook....Governors Promote Employment for People With Disabilities. Full article below.

Employment Outlook

Advocacy Center Employment Programs

In the areas of employment and rehabilitation, the Advocacy Center may be able to help Louisiana residents with issues related to:

  • Ticket to Work/SSI/SSDI and Employment Incentives
  • Requests for reasonable accommodations in hiring, employment or post-secondary education
  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
  • Transition from school to work
  • The four core services (advocacy, information & referral, peer support, independent living skills training) provided by Independent Living centers
  • Employment issues for people working in sheltered workshops
  • Representative Payee investigations

Employment Programs Include:

1.  Client Assistance Program (CAP)- Provides advocacy services to clients of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

2.  Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS)- Provides advocacy to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries with barriers to employment

Call:  1-800-960-7705 for more information on AC's employment programs

3.  Work Incentives Planning & Assistance (WIPA)-To request assistance call:  1-855-877-8599

WIPA provides benefits advice and counseling to SSI and SSDI beneficiaries who have questions on how work can impact their Social Security and other benefits. 


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