Make a donation to the Advocacy Center on GiveNOLA Day -- May 6, 2014 -- and your dollars will go farther!
The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) program, which protects the human and civil rights of people with mental health conditions, is in serious jeopardy due to LA House of Representatives Bill 3717. Click to learn more and find out how you can take action to help us save the PAIMI program.
On Monday, April 7, 2014, the National Committee on Voting Rights held a hearing in New Orleans, LA to hear testimony on problems, successes and opportunities for reform in all aspects of voting in Louisiana. The Advocacy Center's Director of Policy & Planning, Stephanie Patrick, testified on voting issues for individuals with disabilities.
Are you a person with a disability who enjoys sharing your thoughts and experiences? AC has free tickets for Jazz Fest, and we're looking for people with disabilities to share their festival experience through a blog or photos on our website!
The Shreveport Times newspaper recently ran an Op-Ed piece written by Advocacy Center Executive Director Lois Simpson. "By refusing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Jindal is blocking 242,000 of our state’s poorest residents from accessing vital health care services — services that Louisianans are already paying for as part of their federal income taxes. Nearly 50 percent of the uninsured residents who would gain health coverage by expanding Medicaid are working full or part-time jobs and many are living with chronic illnesses or disabilities, indicating that Medicaid expansion would help the very people that the governor says he is concerned with protecting."
AC Attorney Ken Kolb recently provided legal assistance to a 5 year-old who was under threat of being transferred from his desired school due to behavior issues related to his autism diagnosis.