Youth Resources


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Youth Resources

Links to Youth Resources

Below is a list of resources that will help individuals working with youth and youth become effective Self-Advocates.

If you come across a broken link, resource you need that isn’t listed or know of a resource that would be beneficial to youth, please email us at info@fhfjefferson.org or call 504.888.9111 or 1.800.766.7736.

 

 

Assistive Technology

Association of Blind Citizens
The Association of Blind Citizens operates the Assistive Technology Fund. The Assistive Technology Fund (ATF) will provide funds to cover 50% of the retail price of adaptive devices or software. The ABC board of directors believes that this program will allow blind and visually impaired individual’s access to technology products that will have a significant impact on improving employment opportunities, increase the level of independence and enhance their overall quality of life.

The products covered by this program must retail for a minimum of $200 with a maximum retail price of $6,000. Persons eligible to apply for assistance must have a family income of less than $50,000 and cash assets of less than $20,000. Applications will be reviewed by the Assistive Technology Committee (ATC) and recommendations will be submitted for board approval. If applicants are selected to receive a technology grant, applicants will be asked to provide documents such as tax returns, bank statements and any other documents that the ABC board or its designee would deem necessary to assess financial need for the grant.

Applicants must be legally blind and a resident of the United States to qualify for this program. Applications must be submitted by June 30th and December 31st for each grant period (two per year). Applicants will be notified if their request for a grant is approved. Applicants may submit one request per calendar year. All applications must be submitted via e-mail. You will be notified by ABC within 45 days after the application deadline. The grantee will have 30 days after notification to purchase the product. If the purchase cannot be made within 30 days ABC reserves the right to withdraw the award and assign it to another applicant. All decisions are final.

Louisiana Assistive Technology Centers
The Louisiana Assistive Technology Initiative (LATI) is a project to promote information, resources and professional development about assistive technology for educators and families. LATI provides funding for regional assistive technology centers across the state. The purpose of the centers is to provide local training and hands-on support to build district capacity for the implementation of assistive technology in schools. In addition to the regional centers, LATI provides state-wide leadership, guidance and resources for district policies and procedures, assistive technology funding and training.
Source:  Louisiana Assistive Technology Centers, February 2017 LATI Regional Center Contact Sheet

Louisiana Assistive Technology Network
LATAN is a 501(c) (3) statewide nonprofit organization that connects individuals with disabilities and older persons to the Assistive Technology (AT) that enables independence in employment, school, and community living.  LATAN offers AT Device Demonstrations, AT Device Loans, Training Opportunities, AT Financial Loans and The AT Marketplace, a listing of previously owned devices for sale or donation.
Source:  Louisiana Assistive Technology Network, February 2017

Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities – Regional Centers
Louisiana’s developmental disability services are provided through regional human services districts and authorities.  These centers have flexible funding streams to assist in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities reach their fullest potential while living in their own home, family home or community home.  Individuals can request funding from these centers to help offset the cost of Assistive Technology needed to make them as independent as possible.
Source:  Louisiana Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, February 2017
Below is a list of all Regional Centers:

 

Education – High School

Developing Financial Capability for Youth
Developing financial capability is an important part of preparing for the transition to adulthood. Financial capability is “the capacity, based on knowledge, skills, and access, to manage financial resources effectively” (Department of the Treasury, 2010). In other words, it is the ability to make wise decisions about using and managing money. Families have an important role to play in young people’s development of financial capability.
Source:  Office of Disability Employment Policy, August 2016

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?
Speaking directly to youth with disabilities, this 28-page booklet comes from PEATC, the PTI for Virginia. In addition to multiple transition planning worksheets, the booklet also includes several checklists and discussions of self-advocacy.
Source:  Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center 

Getting Ready for Managing Finances at the Age of Majority
When young people with disabilities reach the “age of majority,” they gain the right to manage their own affairs, including their money. In most states, this happens at age 18.  Legally considered as adults, they may take charge of financial decisions large and small. But will they be prepared to make financial decisions for themselves? Will they have the money skills and basic understanding of finance they will need?
Source:  Center for Parent Information and Resources 

School-To-Work Transition Toolkit
Are you a young adult with a disability who wants to connect to jobs and careers? This Toolkit was created especially for you!  There are a lot of things to learn, opportunities to think about and choices to make. This toolkit will lead you along your path and provide the information you need to make informed decisions, one step at a time.
Source:  Disability Policyworks 2015

Testing Accommodations for Students
This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes to provide testing accommodations, what types of accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.
Source:  U.S. Department of Justice, June 2016

 

Education – College/University/Trade School

College/University Programs Specifically for Students with Disabilities in Louisiana

  • Bossier Parish Community College – Program for Successful Employment 
    PSE is a two-year vocational training program for adults with intellectual disabilities and/or Autism. The program combines academic and job skills training on BPCC’s campus and in regional businesses. Our goal is to help students acquire training for and find paid employment in a job focused on their strength and interests.
  • Nicholls State University – Bridge to Independence
    Designed to help students with intellectual disabilities gain skills needed to become gainfully employed through college courses and job-training. Students also attend weekly social skills and independent living seminars; participate in campus activities and organizations. They also have the option to live in residential housing and receive a Nicholls State University Certificate of Achievement upon successful completion of the program. For additional information, contact Robin Bell at Robin.Bell@nicholls.edu or 985.448.4430
  • Nicholls State University – Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders
    The Louisiana Center for Dyslexia and Related Learning Disorders serves the community and NSU students who have been identified as having characteristics of dyslexia and/or a related disorder. College students in all majors are provided support services.
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette – UL LIFE Program
    UL LIFE, where we believe Learning Is For Everyone! LIFE is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. By combining academic, life, and self-advocacy skills with socialization at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities can become thriving members of our community. Our college-level elective courses, combined with our professional or interpersonal studies tracks, all center around the practice of learning by doing. We work closely with each student to customize their courses and college experience so they’re prepared for a career they love. Our academic mentors accompany each student every step of the way, including going to class, modifying in-class assignments, and providing support for out-of-class assignments and homework.

Disability Affairs Offices
All post-secondary schools should have a disability affairs office to assist students with disabilities be successful in their school setting.  These offices should work in partnership with all the school departments and professors to provide appropriate support and services to students with disabilities.  

Guide to Online Colleges and Disabilities
A website to help guide students in determining which school best meets their needs.

Louisiana College Guidebook for Parents and Students on Higher Education and Disability
This guide was written for students with disabilities who are interested in attending post-secondary institutions.
Source:  Families Helping Families of Jefferson and MO AHEAD 

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources. 

Making My Way Through College
Making My Way through College is a guide for any student pursuing a degree or other type of credential (e.g., certification, license) at a two-year or four-year community college, college, or university. You will find information on a variety of topics relevant to preparing for and succeeding in college and transitioning from college into the world of work. Much of the information provided is relevant to all students, but the primary focus of the guide is on navigating the college experience for students with disabilities or those who think they may have a disability.
Source:  National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, 2015

Paying for College for Students with Disabilities
Navigating the complex process of paying for college raises a ton of questions for most students. What’s a Pell Grant? Or a Perkins Loan?  Do I have to pay anything back?  Those questions can pile up even more quickly for a student with a disability.  This website offers a fully accessible guide specifically for students with disabilities.

Testing Accommodations for Post-Secondary School
This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes to provide testing accommodations, what types of accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.
Source:  U.S. Department of Justice, June 2016

ThinkCollege.net
ThinkCollege.net is a website filled with information about college for students with intellectual disabilities.

 

Employment – Independent

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
A website that can answer your questions about accommodations in the workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA) 

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) assists persons with disabilities in their desire to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities by providing rehabilitation services and working cooperatively with business and other community resources. 

Soft Skills to Pay the Bills:  Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
This is a curriculum developed by US Department of Labor focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities.
Source:  US. Department of Labor 

Starting with Me:  A Guide to Person-Centered Planning for Job Seekers
Work is an important part of life. People with disabilities benefit from working as much as or more than people without disabilities do. The benefits from work include financial independence and security; increased self-confidence; personal growth; skill development; and a better social life. Perhaps you would like to work but have not been encouraged to do so by your family, friends, or support people in your life. Maybe you are not certain if you can work or what kind of work might be right for you. This is a guide for you. This guide reviews a three-stage career development process. Career development is an approach to help you make satisfying job choices.

In person-centered career planning, your personal preferences, goals, and dreams are the focus. A person-centered approach does not mean you have to tackle job exploration all on your own. It does mean that anyone who helps you in your career search and the development of your career dreams respects your wishes and helps you to focus on your skills and abilities.

Career development is an ongoing process. Finding satisfying work doesn’t usually just happen by applying for a job in the newspaper. The process involves several phases– and it all begins with you.
Source:  Institute for Community Inclusion

Testing Accommodations for Jobs
This resource provides technical assistance on testing accommodations for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests. It addresses the obligations of testing entities, including private, state, or local government entities that offer exams related to applications, licensing, certification, or credentialing for secondary (high school), postsecondary (college and graduate school), professional (law, medicine, etc.), or trade (cosmetology, electrician, etc.) purposes to provide testing accommodations, what types of accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations are also discussed.
Source:  U.S. Department of Justice, June 2016 

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Facilitating Employment of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
A fact sheet produced by The American Occupational Therapy Association on the Occupational Therapist role in facilitating work skills and supports in the workplace for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Source:  The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. 2015

 

Employment – Supported

Supported Employment Directory of Providers
The link will bring you to Louisiana Department of Health website where you can find a statewide list of supported employment providers.

 

Independent Living

Louisiana Independent Living Centers
The federally funded Independent Living Centers assist individuals with disabilities live as independently as possible.  Individuals with disabilities are in the best position to guide, direct, and control their lives.  Their mission is to provide the supports and services for people with disabilities to live in their own homes and communities.

National Council on Independent Living
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.

 

Permanent Supportive Housing

Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)
The Louisiana Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) program links affordable rental housing with voluntary, flexible, and individualized services to people with severe and complex disabilities, enabling them to live successfully in the community. To learn more about this program, please click on the link.

 

Safety

Cell Phone & Other Mobile Device Safety Tips
A tip sheet that is meant to help youth stay fun and safe on cell phone.
Source:  ConnectSafely.org

Cell Phone Safety
A top 10 list of tips for teens on cell phone safety.
Source:  Cyberbullying Research Center

Cyber-Bullying
Tips on what to do if you are being cyber-bullied.
Source:  ConnectSafely.org

Educate the Community about Cyberbullying
Ten activities teens and others can do to help educate their community about cyberbullying.
Source:  Cyberbullying Resource Center

Fire Safety for Individuals with Disabilities
A website with lots of educational materials and safety tips for people with disabilities.
Source:  National Fire Protection Association

Internet Safety
A white paper created to help individuals with disabilities learn how to stay safe on the internet.
Source:  Autismspeaks.org

Internet Safety
Tips developed to help youth stay fun and safe on both the fixed and mobile social web.
Source:  ConnectSafely.org

Password Safety
It’s important to keep all of your personal and identifiable information safe and secure.  These 10 tips will help you create passwords that are safe.
Source:  Cyberbullying Research Center

Preventing Cyberbullying
Ten tips on how to prevent cyberbullying.
Source:  Cyberbullying Research Center

Responding to Cyberbullying
Ten tips on how to respond to cyberbullying.
Source:  Cyberbullying Research Center

Sexting:  Advice for Teens
A top 10 list to avoid sexting.
Source:  Cyberbullying Research Center

Smart Social Networking
Don’t let your social media use negatively affect your life.  Follow these 15 simple strategies and avoid problems later.
Source: Cyberbullying Research Center

Teens Talk About Bullying
A short video on TeensHealth website with teens talking candidly about being bullied.

Video Sharing Safety Tips
Many youth today are video-literate – able to communicate in a medium once reserved for highly trained professionals with expensive equipment.  This is a tip sheet to help youth keep their video-sharing safe and constructive.
Source:  ConnectSafely.org

Walk a Mile in Their Shoes
A report and guide that brings the voice of the families to the national dialogue of the bullying epidemic.
Source: AbilityPath.org

Self Advocacy and Self Determination

A Teen’s Guide to Autism
Created by Alexandra Jackman of Westfield, NJ, the purpose of this 14 minute documentary, released in 2013, is to help teenagers be more aware and understanding of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It has also been translated to Spanish.
Source:  YouTube, September 2013       

Accessing the Dream:  Preparing Deaf-Blind Youth for a Self-Determined Life
All young adults who are deaf-blind need extensive transition planning and services in order to experience success in adult life. Transition Institutes have historically sought to bring together young adults and their families to build skills and provide training in the pursuit of better personal transition outcomes. These institutes are a collaborative effort across 21 State Deaf-Blind Projects over a span of 10 years. The energy of the 2012 and 2015 Transition Institutes provided opportunities to capture interviews with youth, families, and service providers to share their perspectives on the experience of transition.

This video product is based on the Taxonomy for Transition Programming developed by Paula D. Kohler, Ph.D. The video chapters offer insight and understanding based on foundational best practices in transition planning: Student-Focused Planning, Student Development, Interagency Collaboration, Program Structure, and Family Involvement.
Source:  National Center on Deaf-Blindness, June 2016

Advocacy 101
A page on the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council website that is dedicated to helping individuals with developmental disabilities, their family members and other concerned citizens to become stronger advocates for systems change.

Advocacy Center
The Advocacy Center protects the legal rights of people with disabilities by ensuring access to programs, benefits and services to meet their needs.

Advocating for Yourself in Treatment – Youth Tip Sheet
This Tip Sheet was developed by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to provide guidance for how child and adolescent psychiatrists can more effectively communicate and partner with youth people.
Source:  American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, January 2012

Disability Disclosure Video
This video provides a short introduction to disability disclosure for youth with disabilities in school or at work. It shows a young adult filling out an application for employment and trying to decide if he should disclose or not his disability. There is also a scene in which an employer asks if the young adult has a disability, which is not legal.
Source:  This video was developed by YOUTH POWER! and YouthFX through the WIA incentive grant with cooperation from the NYS Department of Labor

How to Call Your Elected Officials Fact Sheet
A plain language fact sheet on how to call your elected officials with sample scripts.
Source:  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

In-Person Meetings with Elected Officials Fact Sheet
A plain language fact sheet on how to prepare and conduct yourself at an in-person meeting with elected officials.
Source:  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA) is a national, grassroots project created by youth with disabilities for youth. We are teens and young adults with disabilities speaking out. KASA knows youth can make choices and advocate for themselves if they have the information and support they need.  

Know It 2 Own It:  Advocating for Your Rights on Campus
Understanding your rights and advocating for yourself on campus.

Louisiana’s Councils Advocacy Network (LaCAN)
LaCAN (Louisiana Council’s Advocacy Network) furthers the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council’s mission by advocating for policies and systems that support inclusion everywhere people learn, work, live, and play.  LaCAN advocates for service systems that support children and adults with disabilities to live in their own homes and be fully-included and participating members of their local schools and communities. 

Learning About Mental Illness:  In Our Own Words
A series of videos of youth and youth adult advocates talking about their experiences with mental illness.
Source:  American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, January 2017

Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services: A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood
Transitioning into adulthood can be awkward for nearly every young person. For transition-age youth with disabilities, issues surrounding managing Personal Assistance Services (PAS) can be intensified by normal developmental concerns such as striking out on your own and navigating the road into adulthood.  Accessing and maintaining long-term supports, such as PAS, has often been a significant barrier to employment for youth and adults with disabilities. This new guide assists youth in strengthening some of the most fundamental skills essential for successfully managing their own PAS: effective communication, time-management, working with others, and establishing professional relationships.  Such skills are key to not only enhancing independence, but also thriving in the workplace and growing professionally.
Source:  National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability and Office of Disability Employment Policy – U.S. Department of Labor

Navigate the Louisiana State Capitol
This webpage is part of the Louisiana DD Council website and features information on how to navigate the State Capitol.  Included on this page is a virtual tour and history of the Capitol, directions, parking and contact information.

Navigating the World Wide Web:  A How to Guide for Advocates
To be an effective self-advocate, you first must know how to find your legislators.  This guide will provide information on how to find your legislator, their bills, voting records, upcoming meetings and more.
Source:  Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

Partners in Policymaking
This is a 6 month training (1 weekend per month) for people with developmental disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities.  Topics include History, Philosophy & Values, Assistive Technology, Inclusive Education, The Legislative Process, Supported Employment, Supported Living, Community Building, Community Organizing, and Systems Change Advocacy.

People First of Louisiana
People First of Louisiana is a self-advocacy group run by people with disabilities, for people with disabilities.  Click on their website link to learn more about them and how to join a local chapter.

Self-Advocacy:  Find the Captain in You
Follow two hosts with dry humor on their morning news talk show, Midday In The Valley, as they explore and discover the powerful force of a term called: Self Advocacy. Covering two interviews and speaking with their ever helpful side kick, Captain Self Advocacy (yes he is really wearing tights!), they come to understand why understanding what you’re good at, what you need assistance with, and how to effectively communicate with people in life is very important for everyone, especially youth with disabilities. Remember: Nothing About You Without You!
Source:  Pacer Center, December 2010

Self-Advocacy:  Tips for Teens
A great resource from the Utah Parent Center, this short tip sheet is a good place to start learning about self-advocacy.  At the bottom are links to 2 videos of youth with disabilities talking about their own self-advocacy.

Sending Elected Officials Emails, Letters, and Faxes Fact Sheet
A plain language fact sheet on how to send written letters to your elected officials including some sample letters.
Source:  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Speak Up!  Using What You’ve Got to Get What You Want
This tool helps youth with disabilities learn how to speak up and advocate for themselves. With this tool, they can map out personal goals, learn about their rights and responsibilities, learn the best way to ask for help, and get organized.
Source:  Parenthub.org

Speaking Up for Yourself and Other Youth:  What is Advocacy?
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry develops tools and trainings for members looking to hone their advocacy skills and get involved.
Source:  American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, January 2017

Taking Charge of Your Treatment
A text message conversation that came from a dialogue among members of the Youth Advisory Board, who all have experiences with mental health, in order to help others understand how to take charge of their treatment.
Source:  American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, January 2012

The 411 on Disability Disclosure:  A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities
The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities is designed for youth and adults working with them to learn about disability disclosure. This workbook helps young people make informed decisions about whether or not to disclose their disability and understand how that decision may impact their education, employment, and social lives. Based on the premise that disclosure is a very personal decision, the Workbook helps young people think about and practice disclosing their disability.  The guide comes in pdf; word and audio versions.
Source:  National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, 2015

The Art of Impact:  A Handbook for Self-Determined Living
The Art of Impact explores the power of self-advocacy. It presents the thoughts of a core group of committed leaders on the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD). The book shares tips, tools, and strategies for advocacy to help people with disabilities live self-determined lives and become advocates for change.

The eBook is available on a computer or a variety of mobile devices, including an iPad or a Smartphone; it can also be printed for people that would prefer a paper version. It was written by a self-advocate, with this message for those with disabilities: “This is your life and you have the right to speak for yourself and to be involved in the decisions that impact your life.”

The Art of Impact is written in easy-to-understand language and speaks directly to “you”—where the “you” is the budding self-advocate. It’s divided into 4 chapters:

  • An Introduction to Self-Advocacy
  • NACDD’s Leadership Circle
  • Learning and Practicing Self-advocacy
  • Becoming an Effective Leader

Source:  National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, 2015

They Work For Us:  A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Getting Through to Your Elected Officials
This plain language guide focus on the basics of civic engagement. Civic engagement means actively participating in our democracy. In a democracy, regular people choose, or elect, who gets to be in government. The people we elect should listen to our concerns and advocate for us in the government. But when they don’t do that, we have the right to make our voices heard. Learn how to make your voice heard.
Source:  Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Youthhood’s Curriculum Guide
Youthhood.org’s purpose is to help young adults plan for life after high school.  The site also offers information, links, and interactive activities for adults who work directly with youth (including but not limited to teachers, youth workers, community leaders, parents, and other adult family members) to help youth plan for their futures

 

Transportation

Buying an Accessible Vehicle

  • Crescent VansCrescent Vans is located in the Greater New Orleans area and sells and works on wheelchair accessible vans.
  • Superior Van & MobilitySuperior Van & Mobility is located in the Greater New Orleans and Baton Rouge areas and sells and works on wheelchair accessible vans.

Driving Assessment – An occupational therapist will perform the clinical evaluation to determine the effects that medical conditions, functional limitations and medications may have on the safety of driving.

 Public Paratransit

  • Acadiana Transit – Paratransit: Acadiana Transit provides Para- Transit service to disabled residents within Lafayette City Limits.
  • Capital Area Transit System (CATS) – Paratransit: The CATS on Demand paratransit service is a demand-response, space available, origin to destination transportation system. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.  Persons who are deemed ADA eligible are provided non-emergency transportation for travel beginning and ending within the ¾ mile corridor of the CATS bus routes.
  • City of Monroe – Public Paratransit: The Monroe Transit System offers paratransit service within ¾ mile of all fixed routes. Paratransit is a curb-to-curb transportation service for passengers who are unable to use fixed bus routes due to a disability. All paratransit passengers must be approved by Monroe Transit prior to scheduling a trip. For your convenience, the application (to be completed by you and your physician) and the eligibility criteria is available on this website through the link below. The Paratransit Rider’s Guide is also available below. This guide explains the application process, rules and regulations, and how to use the paratransit service. All paratransit passengers should be familiar with this guide prior to using our service.
  • Jefferson Parish – Mobility Impaired Transportation System (MITS): The Mobility Impaired Transportation System, known as MITS, is part of Jefferson Transit. MITS provides transportation for persons with disabilities who are unable to use fixed route Jefferson Transit service. The fixed route service has designated bus stops at regular 2-block intervals along specific routes, while MITS service is curb-to-curb and demand responsive. The MITS service, also known as paratransit service, is designed to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). LIFT/Dial-A-Ride is a comparable paratransit service operated by the Regional Transit Authority in Orleans Parish.
  • Lake Charles Transit System – Paratransit: The Transit System is equipped with vans that have facilities to handle wheelchairs. These vans, which do not operate on a regular transit route, will transport passengers from destination to destination. They transport passengers to such destinations as hospital clinics, doctors’ offices, medical centers, grocery stores, pharmacies, and etc.
  • New Orleans Regional Transit Authority – Paratransit: Most of the standard buses and streetcars are equipped to serve disabled riders. Some riders, however, may have a temporary or permanent disability that prevents them from using the standard RTA system. For these customers, the RTA offers paratransit rides, as required by law under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a qualified paratransit rider, a bus or van will pick up you up at the curb in front of most any address and drop you off at the curb at almost any other address within Orleans Parish. This service is different than a taxi service, because you share the paratransit bus or van with other riders. You also need to reserve your ride in advance.
  • SporTran – Liftline Paratransit: Liftline is the paratransit van service that is specially equipped with wheelchair lifts/ramps and other accessibility features that allow maximum mobility for customers with disabilities in the Shreveport area.

Rentals

  • MoveNOLAWheelchair accessible taxis in the New Orleans area.
  • Wheelchair Accessible VansWheelchair Accessible Vans provides van rentals to Texas and Southeastern Louisiana. They provide both full-size vans with heavy-duty lifts and minivans with power folding ramps.
  • UBERUber drivers use their personal vehicles to transport riders. Depending on the vehicle, some can accommodate wheelchairs.
  • Yellow Cab of Baton RougeYellow Cab of Baton Rouge offers wheelchair accessible taxi service.