We protect people with disabilities and seniors who have been the victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
The Advocacy Center of Louisiana is excited to announce the launch of its 2016 Empowerment Academy!
Seven adults, representing a wide range of ages and disabilities, attended the opening session of the Academy on July 9, 2016, where they learned about the history of disability rights in the United States, and in Louisiana. The following week, they attended a session entitled, "Finding Your Voice," which prepared them for a summer of learning self-advocacy skills.
From now until Labor Day, students will attend weekend education sessions on such topics as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Community Organizing & Lobbying, Housing, Community Living, Employment, Job Readiness & Interviewing, and Special Education. The Academy will culminate with each student choosing an advocacy project to complete before graduating from the Academy in December.
Pictured are, front center: Sophia Rosamano; left row: Kate MacKenzie, Lois Simpson (AC Director), Linda Kocher (Friend of AC), Jennie Jones; center row: Clarke Bordelon, Miles Heise (The Barman's Fund, one of AC's funders), Ghage Fuoco, Dewain Baldwin; right: Raymond Jasper.