Local, Regional, and National Resources for CYSHCN and their Families
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Louisiana Professional Organizations and Agencies
Agenda For Children Program - Provides information on resources and publications on child health, development, and care, as well as family well-being.
Cerebral Palsy of Louisiana - Provides direct services to persons with cerebral palsy throughout the state of Louisiana. These services are provided at no cost to the client.
Council for Exceptional Children Louisiana Chapter - Information on special education.
Louisiana Lighthouse for the Blind - Serving the blind and visually impaired community by providing products, services, and opportunities for independence.
National Professional Organizations and Agencies
American Academy of Pediatrics - Links to the Healthy Children webpage that offers information on child health, care, and development from infancy through young adulthood.
Children's Disabilities and Special Needs - Group forums, list servs, and discussion groups.
Easter Seals - Services, education, outreach, and advocacy.
Institute for Community Inclusion - Training, clinical, and employment services, conducts research, and provides assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities.
Institute for Educational Leadership - Resource on education issues.
Muscular Dystrophy Association - Provides healthcare and support services, advocacy, and education.
National Survey of CSHCN - Survey findings as it relates to care coordination.
Programs and Services for Children, Youth, and Adults with Disabilities
The Advocacy Center - Louisiana's protection and advocacy system. Federal law requires that a protection and advocacy system operate in every state to protect the rights of persons with mental or physical disabilities.
The ARC - For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Early Steps - Provides services to families with infants and toddlers aged birth to three years (36 months) who have a medical condition likely to result in a developmental delay, or who have developmental delays.
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services - Assists persons with disabilities to obtain or maintain employment and/or achieve independence in their communities.
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities - Services and supports, information, and opportunities for people of Louisiana with developmental disabilities and their families.
Exceptional Children's Assistance Center - Information and links for parents on academic environments for their child.
Louisiana Department of Education - School Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs.
Affordable Colleges Online: College Guide for Students with Disabilities - Advice and resources for loans, scholarship; best schools based on institution's disability services; distance learning tips; job resources; additional helpful resources.
Resources for College Students with Speech and Language Disorders - Guide prepared by Speech Pathology Master's Programs that highlights helpful resources students with speech or language disorders may find on campus or online, and how they can use these services. It also provides links to resources for students with specific disorders/conditions such as stuttering, aphasia, autism, and more.
Families Helping Families
Southeast Louisiana Families Helping Families - Serves Orleans, Plaquemines, and St. Bernard Parishes
Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans (FHFofGNO) - Serves Jefferson Parish and the Greater New Orleans area
Northshore Families Helping Families - Serves St. Tammany, Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena and Livingston Parishes
Family Voices - Advocacy organization for families of children with special health care needs.
Family to Family Health Information Centers nationwide - Provides a list of Family to Family Health Information Centers by state.
Family Support Organizations
Louisiana Disability Talk - Families of people with disabilities share information, resources, and support.
Building your Care Notebook - A tool to help families to become the experts on their child's care. It is also a way to maintain the lines of communication between the many providers and services that help care for a child and their family.
Hospitals (Pediatric) in Louisiana
Ochsner Medical Center for Children - Healthcare services for children.
Shriners Hospital for Children - Provides pediatric specialty care for children up to age 18 with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services regardless of the patients' ability to pay.
Tulane Hospital for Children - Healthcare for children.
Exceptional Parents Magazine - Advice and educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs, as well as to the professionals.
Bayou Health - Louisiana Medicaid and LaCHIP program is called BAYOU HEALTH. In BAYOU HEALTH, you choose a Health Plan and doctor for each member of your family who has Medicaid or LaCHIP.
Supplemental Security Income - A Federal income supplement program to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and, provide cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.
Medicaid Resource Guide - A resource to help find out what Medicaid can offer you.
Social Security Administration - Benefits For Children With Disabilities.
Health Insurance -Explore your coverage and pricing options - Find out which private insurance plans, public programs, and community services are available to you.
Insurance Fact Sheet - Especially made for Louisiana's Families with Children and/or Youth with Special Health Care Needs
Healthcare.gov- find healthcare coverage that meets your needs and budget.