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Louisiana - Where to Find State Disability Assistance in Louisiana

State Disability Resources for Louisiana

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Updated June 03, 2009

If your child has a disability, and you do not know where to find help, check out this list of essential resources available in your state. These essential contacts offer the most commonly needed services and can provide you with referrals to other appropriate services as well. If you have difficulty contacting any of these resources, please feel free to email me at: learningdisabilities@aboutguide.com.

Department of Education - Special Education - Ages 3 - 21


States' departments of education oversee disability education services to children. It monitors school districts for compliance with IDEA and state special education regulations. The Department of Education handles formal complaints, due process hearings, and mediation on special education issues.

Division of Educational Improvement and Assistance
Louisiana Department of Education

P.O. Box 94064, Room 4-186
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Telephone: (225)342-3513
Website: Special Education Programs

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers with Disabilities


Services to children with disabilities include instruction, speech, physical, and occupational therapies.

Birth - 2:

Louisiana Part C Early Intervention
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities

Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals
P.O. Box 3117, Bin 21, 682 N. 4th Street
Baton Rouge LA 70802
Telephone: (225)342-8820
Website: Early Steps

Ages 3 - 5
619 Coordinator
Division of Standards, Assessments and Accountability
Louisiana Department of Education
P.O. Box 94064
Baton Rouge LA 70804
Telephone: (225)342-3366
Website: Early Childhood Programs

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency


Vocational rehabilitation services help people with disabilities live independent lives with education, support, and employment assistance. The department works with middle schools, high schools, and higher education to help students with disabilities access appropriate supports for employment and independence such as job coaching, teaching skills, support in job placement, assistive and adaptive supports, and more.

Department of Social Services
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

P.O. Box 91297
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9297
Telephone: (225)219-2225 Toll Free: (800) 737-2958 (Inside Louisiana) Website: Vocational Rehabilitation

Mental Health Services Agency


State mental health agencies provide services to individuals and families dealing with mental illness, mental retardation, and substance abuse. Services include advocacy, nursing home screening, psychiatric services, intervention, coordination of treatment, case management, and more.

Office of Mental Health
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals

628 N. 4th Street, 4th Floor
P.O. Box 4049
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4049
Telephone: (225)342-2540
Website: Mental Health Services

Disability Advocacy Services


Protection and advocacy offices offer information and referrals relating to disability issues, a resource database for self-advocacy, education and training in disability rights, and individual case advocacy.

The Advocacy Center
1010 Common Street, Suite 2600
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504)522-2337
Toll Free: (800) 960-7705 (Inside Louisiana)
Website: Advocacy Center

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