Families Helping Families of Jefferson offers 3 Programs:
This is the #1 reason families call us. Everyone needs someone to talk to when they are dealing with challenges in their lives. Frequently parents of children with disabilities don’t have family or friends that understand these challenges. When new parents call us their first response is “wow, you get it”. As parents we know firsthand what it’s like to raise a child with a disability. We understand the initial grieving process and the eventual amazement the child brings to your family.
Information and Referral
Parents need to be provided with good information and connected with appropriate services. Rather than spending endless hours searching the internet for appropriate services, our staff has already done most of this work. We know what services are available through the state, parish and local systems. We’ve navigated these complex systems and know where the barriers to service exist. You don’t have to walk this road alone.
We can put you on the right path and make sure you end up where you are supposed to be. In addition we have an extensive lending library on most disability topics. We publish Exceptional Times, our monthly e-newsletter. We offer an online blog, LaDisability Talk,and a host of other valuable resources. If we don’t have it, we will help you find it.
Education and Training
Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for the rest of his life. This is our motto around education and training. We believe the best thing any parent or individual with a disability can do is empower themselves through education and training to effectively advocate. Nobody cares about your child or yourself more than you do. It is critical that you take this role seriously and learn as much as you can. Children with disabilities can achieve great things, if systems don’t give up on them. Often the most successful adults with disabilities are the ones who were pushed along by their parents who never allowed the “professionals” to tell them they can’t accomplish certain things.
Families Helping Families of Jefferson offers an array of trainings. Some of those include IEP Boot Camps; Progress Monitoring; Communication Skills; Driving with a Disability; Transitioning from High School to Work or Post-Secondary School, Basic Individual with Disabilities Education Rights, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and more. Trainings are offered in person, webinar and online.