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Advocacy Center

8325 Oak Street
New Orleans Louisiana 70118
Phone: (504) 522-2337
Toll Free: (800) 960-7705

• Individual and systems advocacy
• Legal/Advocacy representation
    ◦ Employment Discrimination
    ◦ SSA recipient employment issues
    ◦ Assistive Technology access/issues
    ◦ Higher education accommodations/access
    ◦ Rehabilitation Act program issues
    ◦ LA TBI/spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund access

Advocacy Center's South Louisiana Benefits Planning Program

Advocacy Center's South Louisiana Benefits Planning Program

We can help answer these questions and more:

  • Can I work and keep my SSI or SSDI check?
  • Can I work and keep my Medicaid or Medicare coverage?
  • How could work change my other benefits like food stamps, subsidized housing, waiver services, VA benefits, and workman's compensation?
  • How do I report my income to the Social Security Administration (SSA)?
  • What is Plan for Achieving Self Sufficiency  (PASS)?

To request assistance call 1-855-877-8599 


Please also visit Advocacy Center's website at: 


Brain Injury Association of Louisiana (BIALA)

Service Areas: Statewide
Contact Person: Catherine Howard |
8325 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Office Phone 504-982-0685
Toll Free 800-444-6443

Resource support and advocacy for persons
with brain injury and their families/care providers.
Community education and awareness

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans

1131 Barataria Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
TeI/TDD - 504-371-7747
FAX - 504-371-7889

    Pre-employment devices (resume writing, interview skills)
    Career counseling
    Job referrals
    Training referrals

Children's Hospital / Ventilator Assisted Care Program

200 Henry Clay Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118

• Case Management-Ventilator Dependant Persons under the age of 25
• Technical Assistance to School Districts, Families, Clients and Agencies to Promote Inclusion into School and Community Activities of Persons with Disabilities
• Transition Technical Assistance

Deaf Action Center

The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center of Louisiana

601 Jordan Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-425-7781 or Fax: 318-226-1299

Tabitha Glass –
Joe Todaro –

Service Area:  Nationwide
• Advocacy representation
• Assistance with the Job process by providing:
   °Dynamic and Video Remote Interpreting, Foreign Languages and Remote Captioning
   °Case Management
   °Job Coaching

Goodwill Industries

800 W. 70th  Street
Shreveport, La 71106

Services Provided:

• Supported Employment
• On-Site Employment
• Work Readiness Training
• Job Essential Training (J.E.T.)
• Ticket-To-Work
• Goodwill Mental Health Program

Bobbie Hodges
Rehabilitation Manager

Governor's Office of Disability Affairs

P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
TeI/TDD - 225-219-7550
FAX - 225-219-7551

• State Agency Coordination
• Advise the Governor on Disability Issues
• Employment-related training
• Coalition building
• Disability Policy Development

Jefferson Chamber Foundation

3241 N. Causeway Blvd., Suite 203
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 835-3880

• Ticket-to-Work En
• Supported Employment
• Job Placement
• Career Development

JOB1 New Orleans

1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
TeI: (504) 658-4000

• Pre-employment services
• Vocational evaluations
• Referral services
• Career counseling
• Job referrals

Kiisa corporation

401 Olive Drive
Slidell, LA 70458
985-326-9334 (Office)

Kiisa is your creative source for professional development, education and training. From technical writing and tailored presentations to targeted motivational speaking and community interfacing, kiisa will help you build strong, lasting business relationships. Kiisa creates much of the work they present within the corporate, academic, and non-profit arena…where stated, “Kiisa created, Kiisa facilitated,” you are assured the materials have been created, by kiisa, especially for your company!

Kiisa corporation...home to workplace transformation, motivation, inspiration, education

Lighthouse for the Blind - Baton Rouge

2773 N. Flannery Road
Baton Rouge, LA. 70814


Our goal is to promote independent living among persons who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or possess other disabilities in addition to promoting employment opportunities in a competitive and integrated working environment.

Specific services include:

· Supported Employment Placement
· Vision Rehab Services
· Daily Living Skills
· Home Habilitation and Training
· Orientation and Mobility Training
· Job Coaching
· Assistive Technology
· Low Vision Clinic (slated to open First Quarter of 2012)
· Information and Referral
· Social Services
· Support Group
· Work Readiness Training
· Youth Programs including School to Work Transition

Most programs are supported by federal or state assistance. For more information, please contact us.

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network (LATAN)

3042 Old Forge Drive, Suite D
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone:  225-925-9500 V/TTY
Toll Free:  800-270-6185 V/TTY   
Fax: 225-925-9560

LATAN’s mission is to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve enhanced quality of life and greater independence through access to assistive technology.  LATAN serves individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities, and is the only statewide organization to do so.  We focus on providing information about and trial on low- and high-tech devices which enable people to participate in the environments of their choosing:  school, workplace, home and community.  We serve babies, students, workers, wounded warriors, older people, and anyone in between who needs assistance with daily activities.

Specific services include:

• Individualized assistive device hands-on demonstrations
• Tours of device demonstration centers for education and training purposes
• Communication device programming
• Assistive device short-term loans
• Financial (cash) loans
• Access to previously owned devices for low or no cost
• Recycled computers
• Training on and about assistive devices
• Technical assistance to agencies and organizations regarding assistive technology
• Emergency preparedness, response and recovery information and materials for assistive technology and durable medical equipment users, and other people with disabilities
• Awareness presentations on the benefits of assistive technology
• Information & assistance for users, regarding assistive technology vendors, potential funding sources, other disability services

Louisiana APSE

100 Central Avenue
Jefferson, LA 70121

APSE is a growing national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1988 as the Association for Persons in Supported Employment, now known as APSE.  Louisiana APSE was formed in 2008.

APSE is the only national organization with an exclusive focus on integrated employment and career advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

APSE supports the only annual national conference focused solely on the advancement of integrated employment.

Our Goals:

• Promote employment opportunities for all people, through local, regional, and national networks.
• Help establish and expand equitable employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.
• Advocate with federal, state, and local legislators for legislation promoting integrated employment.
• Work with federal, state, and local policy makers to increase funding for integrated employment.
• Raise awareness within the business community as to the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.
• Advocate for social change to help those with severe disabilities achieve a lifestyle that approximates that of individuals without disabilities.

Louisiana Business Leadership Network

504 Mayflower Dr.
Metairie, LA 70001
TeI/TDD - (504) 835-6387

Business-led non-profit who values persons with disabilities as consumers and workers
Facilitates Interagency Collaboration
Provides Technical Assistance and Training to Business

Louisiana Department of Education

1201 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5243

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

P.O. Box 3455
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
(225) 342-6804
(800) 450-8108

The Council is a 28-member Governor-appointed body charged with implementing the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 in Louisiana. Through advocacy, systems change and capacity building activities, the Council works to increase the self-determination, independence, productivity, integration and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and support people with developmental disabilities to exercise control over their lives and participate fully in the community.

Louisiana Economic Development (LED)

1051 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA70802-5239
800-450-8114 / 225-342-3000

Louisiana Economic Development works to reposition Louisiana as one of the nation’s top states for business investment and economic opportunity. With more than 380,000 small businesses in Louisiana, LED is committed to connecting small businesses with the services and resources they need to grow and succeed.

In partnership with the Department of Health and Hospitals, LED recently launched the Disability Initiative, which offers individuals with disabilities the competitive advantage they need to gain access to programs and resources for self-employment opportunities.

For information on small business programs and resources available to individuals with disabilities, visit or contact Brenda Bohrer at 225.342.3728.

LSUHSC-Human Development Center

1900 Gravier Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Tel: (337) 962-3476
FAX: (337) 896-2273

The mission of the Human Development Center (HDC) is to provide leadership and innovation in interdisciplinary education, community service, research, and to disseminate information to strengthen and increase the capacity of local communities to support and include individual with [developmental] disabilities of all ages and their families in all aspects of life in the community. We accomplish our mission by doing the following:

• Implement Model Demonstration Projects
• Provide Direct Services
• Conduct Research & Evaluation
• Offer Interdisciplinary Training on a wide rage of topics to Professionals, Paraprofessionals, Families, Advocates & Self-Advocates
• Disseminate Information about Disabilities, and Services

Louisiana Medicaid Purchase Plan

P.O. Box 91288
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9288
Tel - 1-888-544-7996
TTY - 1-800-220-5404

• Health insurance
• Statewide job fairs
• Coalition building

Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

TeI/TDD - 225.342.0095
FAX - 225.342.8823

Supported Employment
Microenterprise program
Day Habilitation
Pre-employment services
Employment-related training

Louisiana Office of Mental Health

628 North 4th St. - 4th Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
TeI/TDD - (225) 342-2540

• Supported employment (services vary by region)

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

627 North 4th St. 2nd Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
TeI/TDD -- 225-219-2225
FAX - 225-219-4993
P.O. Box 91297, BR, LA 70821

• Career counseling
• Vocational evaluations
• Training (Educational, Vocational, OAT)
• Pre-employment services (resume development, interview skills)
• Job placement
• Supported Employment
• Assistive Technology
• Transition services
• Individualized services needed to reach employment goal
• Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund
• Spinal Cord Injury
• Blind/Visually Impaired Program
• Louisiana Commission for the Deaf

Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council

P.O. Box 94004
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
TeI/TDD - 225-219-7552
FAX - 225-219-7551

• Consumer-driven "voice" for provision of Independent living services
• Develops Louisiana State Plan for Independent Living in conjunction with other IL entities; includes provision of four core services, by Centers for Independent Living including:
   ° Information & Referral
   ° IL Skills Training
   ° Peer Counseling
   ° Individual and Systems Advocacy


Louisiana Work Incentive, Planning and Assistance (LA-WIPA) LSU-HDC
Toll-free: 1-(855)-886-5123

Contact:  Donald Leger


• Benefit counseling to SSI/SSDI recipients
• Information on SS work incentives programs
• Assessment of how income will impact other federal & state benefits
• Ticket to Work


Louisiana Workforce Commission Disability Program Navigator Initiative

1001 North 23rd Street
Post Office Box 94094
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804-9094
225-219-0022 (Fax)

Service Area:  Statewide


• Guides One-Stop Career Center staff in helping people with disabilities access and navigate the various programs that impact their ability to gain/retain jobs;
• Facilitates integrated, seamless, and comprehensive services in One-Stop Career Centers to persons with disabilities;
• Improves linkages to the employer community and develops demand-responsive strategies to meet their recruitment and retention needs; and
• Brings together multiple partners to foster a collaborative effort by building Interagency/intra-agency Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs).

Disability Program Navigators:

Jermaine Proshee
Disability Program Navigator, Alexandria/Lafayette Region
(318) 792-8282 -Mobile
(318) 992-8264 Ext#227 - Office

Brian Kaufman
Disability Program Navigator, Monroe/Shreveport Region
3290 Front St.
Winnsboro, LA 71295
(318) 237-1570- Cell

Georgette K. Wallace
Disability Program Navigator, Baton Rouge/New Orleans/Houma Regions
Louisiana Workforce Commission
1001 N. 23rd Street
Baton Rouge, LA
(225) 342-2936- Office
(985) 351-1626- Cell
(225) 342-7676- Fax

M.H Rehab Option

211 Service

Social Security Administration

Tel - 1-800-772-1213
TTY - 1-800-325-0778
5455 Bankers Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

• Eligibility determination for SSI & SSDI benefits
• Work incentive education

United Houma Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Services

991 Grand Caillou Rd. #2
Houma, LA 70363
TeI/TDD -- 985-223-3093
FAX 935-223-3095
P.O. Box 4217
Houma, LA 70361

• Career counseling
• Training (Educational, Vocational, OJT)
• Pre-employment services (resume development, interview skills)
• Job placement
• Assistive Technology
• Transition services
• Traditional healing
• Individualized services needed to reach employment goal

UpLIFTD Vocational Rehabilitation Program

1979 Beaumont Dr.
Baton Rouge, La 70816

UpLIFTD is a non-profit agency with a mission to assist persons with disabilities and/or disadvantaged to achieve self-sufficiency through employment.

• Vocational Services- Job Readiness, Job Placement, Vocational Evaluation, Ticket To Work Employee Network, Supported Employment, Alternative Staffing Agency

• Business Enterprise - Custodial Services, Grounds Maintenance....

• Residential Services- WCRC is our residential treatment center for Woman with chronic mental illness.


Volunteers of America of North Louisiana

360 Jordan St
Shreveport, LA 71101-4847
Phone: (318) 221-2669
FAX: (318) 222-6370

Pre-employment services
Supported employment
Work incentive planning
Volunteer placements