Resources

Click on the name of each link below to access the website for more information.

Resources on Special Education, Advocacy, Activity, & Support Groups:

Acadiana Ambulance Services
Acadiana Area Human Services District (Developmental Disabilities Services)
Acadiana Autism
Advocacy Center
Advocacy Center – Publications
Advocacy Center’s Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities in Louisiana: A Guide For Parents
Affiliated Blind of Louisiana
Atchafalaya Search & Rescue
Bayou Health
Best Buddies
Camp Bon Couer
Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Cerebral Palsy Group
Chelbug Fest (Muscular Dystrophy Resource)
Children’s Neuromuscular Foundation of Louisiana
Children’s Special Health Services
County Offices – Community Government Office in the U.S.
Department of Education
Disability is Natural
Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana
D.R.E.A.M.S. Foundation of Acadiana
Early Steps
Epilepsy Foundation
Exceptional Lives Louisiana
Extra Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Cost
Families Helping Families of Acadiana
Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs
Guide to Moving For the Disabled
Home Safety for People with Disabilities
Inventive Social Methods LLC (Support Coordinator)
Hospice of Acadiana
Lafayette Consolidated Government Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities
Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network
Louisiana Council for Exceptional Children
LA Disability Talk
LARC
Leading Health Care of Louisiana (Support Coordinator)
Louisiana Family to Family
Louisiana Parent Training Information Center
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
Muscular Dystrophy Association: Lafayette
National Alliance on Mental Illness: Acadiana
National Domestic Violence Hotline
National Poison Control Center
Nationwide Runaway Hotline
National Substance Abuse Hotline
People First Language
People First of Louisiana
Personal Finance Guide for People with Disabilities
Social Security Administration
Southwest Louisiana Independence Center
Special Olympics Louisiana
St. Landry Abilities
St. Pierre Center for the Arts
The Family Tree (Counseling, Health Education, Support Groups, etc.)
The Lucky Few
Trach Mommas of Louisiana
United Way of Acadiana
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Beacon Club
University of Louisiana at Lafayette Office of Disability Services
Unique Fitness
Well Ahead (Healthy Aging Resources)
We Care Homes, Inc. (In-Home Health Services)

Resources on Early Childhood Inclusion

Center for Inclusive Child Care
CONNECT: The Center to Mobilize Early Childhood Knowledge
Division of Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children
Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center
Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center
Head Start Center for Inclusion
National Association for the Education of Young Children
National Professional Development Center on Inclusion
SpecialQuest

Resources on Challenging Behavior & Social Support

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)
Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning
Eckerd Connects: Acadiana Wraparound Agency (for Behavioral Health Issues)
Pediatric Therapy and Learning Center
Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Interventions for Young Children
Therapy Center of Acadiana

Resources on Developmental Milestones

Center for Disease Control: Developmental Milestones
Learn the Signs, Act Early
Developmental Milestones Checklist
Milestone Concerns
Free Developmental Milestones Materials

Recommended Local Doctors & Specialists from D.R.E.A.M.S. Families

Dr. Richard Howes (Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Specialist: Lafayette, LA)
Dr. Stephanie Cave (Integrative Medicine: Baton Rouge, LA)
Dr. Jana Flint (Women and Children’s Endocrinologist: Lafayette, LA)
Dr. Darren Strother (Neuropsychologist: Lafayette, LA)
Bridget Broussard (Speech Therapist: Lafayette, LA)
Angie Broussard (Speech Therapist: Lafayette, LA)
Dr. Lamar Davis (Neuromuscular Specialist: Jackson, MS)
Dr. Kerry Brown (Ophthalmologist: Abbeville, LA)
Dr. Brian Morris (Pediatric Gastroenterologist: New Orleans, LA)
Discover Therapy (Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy)
Dr. Troy Miller (Dentist: Lafayette, LA)
Quest Special Needs Dentistry (Lafayette, LA)
Opelousas Cerebral Palsy Clinic (Opelousas, LA)
Dr. Mia Ben (Pediatrician: Opelousas, LA)

Louisiana Collegiate Post-Secondary Education Options/Financial Aid for Developmental & Intellectual Disabilities

Bossier Parish Community College Program for Successful Employment
Down Syndrome Association of Acadiana “Reach for the Stars” Scholarship
Nicholls State University Bridge to Independence Program
Southeastern Lions Connected Post-Secondary Program
University of Louisiana at Lafayette LIFE Program
Upside Downs (Scholarship Resource)
Ruby’s Rainbow (Scholarship Resource)

ASL Resources for the Community

Lafayette Consolidated Government ASL Classes
Lafayette Parish School System Deaf and Hard of Hearing Information
Sign Language Specialties of Acadiana ASL Classes and Events
-University of Louisiana at Lafayette ASL Club