Numerous organizations help individuals with special needs.

Louisiana Together Educating All Children is a grass-roots network of families and professionals who believe all children should have the opportunity to be educated alongside typical peers in a typical classroom. LaTEACH works to keep parents, educators and community and state leaders informed about research-based, effective practices for appropriate, inclusive education. For information, call (504) 888-9111 or (800) 766-7736.

INFLUENCING STATE POLICY: The Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council is recruiting individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in improving the system of supports for people with disabilities. Supporters of self-determination, independence, productivity and the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life may submit an application for membership in the LDDC.

The deadline to apply for openings in Region I, which covers Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, is Sept. 2. Council members are appointed by the governor and serve four-year terms.

For information and an application, visit the “Get Involved” link at or call (225) 342-6804 or (800) 450-8108.

LOUISIANA HOUSING ALLIANCE: Affordable housing is the goal for most people who would like to be independent and involved in the community.

The Louisiana Housing Alliance will be sponsoring a statewide Listening Tour on Aug. 25-29 beginning in Monroe and ending in Baton Rouge. This weeklong tour will visit each of Louisiana’s nine regions to listen to the concerns and successes of housing providers, advocates, working families, local officials and policy makers.

The information collected will enable LHA to formulate its legislative and advocacy agenda for the next year.

On Thursday, Aug. 28, the tour will be in New Orleans in the morning and in Covington in the afternoon. Sites have not been announced. For information, contact Sidni L. Shorter at (225) 381-0041 or or visit

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES: The Young Professionals Leadership Council of Families Helping Families of Jefferson is seeking young professionals with and without disabilities to become integral parts of the organization. Members will be involved in identifying the needs and concerns of the younger generation. Members also will be eligible for membership on other committees of the board of directors and for future membership on the board.

Members will have the opportunity to develop leadership skills, network and provide a voice for the young adult. For information, contact Mary Jacob at (504) 888-9111 or

Jane Pic Adams writes about issues of interest to individuals with disabilities and their families. Contact her at