• Who We Are

    "Does your child have special health care needs? Do you care from someone with a disability? Need help with the school system? We're here to help! Talk with someone who gets it"

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  • Education & Training

    Workshops and trainings are coordinated and presented on topics relevant to the issues facing persons with disabilities and their families.

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  • Advocacy Group

    A statewide grassroots network of individuals and organizations designed to promotes appropriate education and supports individuals...

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  • Peer to Peer

    Our trained, knowledgeable staff are parents of children with disabilities or individuals with disabilities. They are here to provide you with the support you need.

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Programs

A system of resources has been developed to provide up-to-date, detailed information on disabilities.

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Resources

A list of important resources available.

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Our Mission

To assist and strengthen individuals with disabilities and their families through a coordinated network of resources, services and supports.
Families Helping Families of Acadiana is one of ten 501©3 non-profit resource centers located throughout the state of Louisiana.
Our corporation was organized as a family-directed resource center based on the principals of Louisiana Act 378 of 1989 for individuals with disabilities and their families.
We believe that providing support services through our programs will educate, strengthen and empower families and individuals who are at an increased risk for family breakdown.
We are parents that have gone through what you're going through, the individual that lives with a disability every day and the family that that is continuously trying to figure out what is best for our child or children. 
We've been "in your shoes"!
Since its inception, Families Helping Families has served thousands of families in the Region IV area through 3 areas of services: Information & Referral, Peer-to-Peer Support, and Educational Services and Training.
 
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Meet Our FHFOA 2021-2022 Support Team

Nicole Flores

Nicole Flores

Executive Director - Nicole has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Annette Fruge'

Annette Fruge'

Family Support Coordinator, Education Liaison Assistant, & Community Resource Specialist - Annette has been with our agency for 5 years.

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Todd Fontenot

Todd Fontenot

Financial Manager - Todd has been with our agency for 2 years.

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Brenda Bares

Brenda Bares

Education Liaison - Brenda has been with our agency for 1 year.

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Kristie Curtis

Kristie Curtis

Early Steps, - Kristie has been with our agency for 1 year.

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Susie Dupont

Susie Dupont

Accounts Manager - Susie has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Nicole DeJean

Nicole DeJean

Disabilities Information & Support Specialist

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Danielle Ledet

Danielle Ledet

Education Liaison

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Harlon Cowsar, II

Harlon Cowsar, II

Adult Program Coordinator & Referral Specialist - Harlon has been with our agency for 4 years.

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Upcoming Events

Christmas Gift Drive

Christmas Gift Drive

We are accepting gifts for our clients in the community. Many of them do not have any family or friends to spend time with during the holiday season and do not receive any gifts...

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Christmas Extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza

When: December 3, 2022 from 12 pm - 4 pm. Where: Comeaux Recreation Center at 411 W. Bluebird Dr., Lafayette LA 70508. Phone 337-262-1773.

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$1000 Tutoring Vouchers

$1000 Tutoring Vouchers

This will be a first-come, first-serve voucher. There will only be enough for some who qualify, but most students with an IEP or 504 plan should easily qualify...

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Family survey about Reading and Writing

Family survey about Reading and Writing

This survey is for families of children with an IEP or 504 plan who were enrolled in grade 3, 4, or 5 at certain schools...

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Fundraising Event

Fundraising Event

Come out and support the Families Helping Families Fundraising Event on December 8th!

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Outreach & Early Childhood at Louisiana School for the Deaf

Outreach & Early Childhood at Louisiana School for the Deaf

For students who are hard of hearing or otherwise able to effectively access spoken language, reducing classroom noise and reverberation...

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Job Interviews

Job Interviews

nterviewing for a job can be a very stressful experience for anyone looking for employment, but for job applicants with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who may have social difficulties...

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Client Assistance Program

Client Assistance Program

The CAP provides assistance and information as well as advocacy to people with disabilities who are getting or applying for services throuh vocational rehabilitation programs like LA Rehab Services.

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New Guidance

New Guidance

“All students deserve to have their rights protected, & schools deserve greater clarity on how they can avoid the discriminatory use of discipline.”

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Mental Health

Mental Health

Compared to students without disabilities, students with disabilities experience:

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FAQ

FAQ

FAQ 1.0 on Oct 19th at 1:00 PM
FAQ 2.0 on Oct 26th at 1:00 PM
FAQ 3.0 on Nov 2nd at 3:00 PM
FAQ 1.0 on Nov 30th at 12:00 PM
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
ACP - Affordable Connectivity Program

ACP - Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is a new Federal Communications Commission Program that provides discounts on internet service and devices for qualified households...

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AAHSD Three Year Accreditation!

AAHSD Three Year Accreditation!

The results are in! It is official! We are excited to say that AAHSD has earned a Three-Year Accreditation! A three-year accreditation from CARF is the highest level of accreditation possible.

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World Health Organization

World Health Organization

Anyone can catch viruses including COVID19 and monkeypox, regardless of their age, gender, nationality

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Comprehensive Medicaid Dental Care Coverage

Comprehensive Medicaid Dental Care Coverage

Beginning July 1, 2022, individuals ages 21 and older enrolled in the New Opportunities Waiver, Residential Options Waiver

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Customized Employment Gateway Training

Customized Employment Gateway Training

Upcoming Customized Employment Gateway Training on Discovery! To qualify as a provider of customized employment,

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Medicaid Pink Letter Campaign

Medicaid Pink Letter Campaign

Louisiana Medicaid launched the Pink Letter Campaign to ensure all contact information for Louisiana Medicaid recipients is accurate.

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Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASaRD) Project

Louisiana Autism Spectrum and Related Disabilities (LASaRD) Project

Sometimes our children struggle with multi-step directions. A visual task analysis helps the child learn the skill and be more independent!

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Medicaid Members

Medicaid Members

Don’t miss out. Make sure you get your pink letter. Louisiana Medicaid mailed member households a pink letter to make sure we have your correct contact information.

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Mental Health - LA Dept of Education

Mental Health - LA Dept of Education

When bad things happen, stress builds internally and we feel unworthy and negative. Remember, you are valuable!...

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Baby Formula Shortage - Tips from LA Dept of Health

Baby Formula Shortage - Tips from LA Dept of Health

In response to a nationwide #babyformulashortage, the Louisiana Department of Health is issuing tips to families for dealing with the shortage and obtaining appropriate substitutions for the baby.

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Ramp Grant Program

Ramp Grant Program

Did you know that LCG has a program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners with accessibility issues? Call 337-291-7357 or email:
The Autistic Penguins

The Autistic Penguins

Sharing on behalf of The Autistic Penguins - support group for autistic adults: Greeting everyone, We're The Autistic Penguins and we're here to spread support and resources for autistic adults!

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LaCAN Appropriations to vont on FY23 Budget

LaCAN Appropriations to vont on FY23 Budget

House Appropriations meets this Monday to vote on the proposed Fiscal Year 2023 Budget (HB1) which begins July 1st.

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Autism Parent Forum

Autism Parent Forum

FHFOA would like to thank Grolee Elementary for inviting us to their 2022 Autism Parent Forum. Thank you all for the warm welcome and hospitality.
ACT utilizing JAWS software

ACT utilizing JAWS software

17-year-old Ky'ren Johnson from Bastrop is the 1st blind student in the nation to complete the ACT using JAWS!

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LA Dept of Education feedback

LA Dept of Education feedback

The Department has released the Future of Assessment Survey to gather feedback on what is working well and what challenges need to be addressed

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Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council

The U.S. Department of Education has released new guidance with new requirements for how to apply IDEA to students with disabilities in private schools...

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Summer fun in a safe, inclusive environment!

Summer fun in a safe, inclusive environment!

Sharing on behalf of Generational Voices Louisiana: Looking for summer fun in a safe, inclusive environment? We are excited to announce an opportunity for our children with unique needs to be fully integrated with children with more typical needs!

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LA Dept of Education

LA Dept of Education

Each year the Louisiana Department of Education submits a grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for state set aside funding through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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Spark Box

Spark Box

Help your family begin building a library you'll all cherish for years to come! Prime Time's new program, Spark Box, arrives at your door full of beloved children's books and conversation prompts that will get the whole family actively involved in story time.

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Louisiana Alliance Postsecondary Inclusive Education

Louisiana Alliance Postsecondary Inclusive Education

If you have an intellectual disability, you may receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal...

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Acadiana Area Human Services District

Acadiana Area Human Services District

The Acadiana Area Human Services District- Developmental Disabilities (AAHSD-DD) serves as the single point of entry for those seeking support or services through the Louisiana Department of Health.

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At Home Covid Tests

At Home Covid Tests

Are you having issues getting at home Covid tests? If so, we will be receiving a limited supply of tests to distribute to our families we serve. Please contact our office at 337.984.3458 to reserve your at home Covid test.
Updated Posters are In!

Updated Posters are In!

Come and pickup your new poster for your office or place of business.

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LADDC News Council's 2022 Legislative Agenda

LADDC News Council's 2022 Legislative Agenda

The Council adopted its 2022 Legislative Advocacy Agenda with input from both LaCAN and FamiliesHelpingFamilies...

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Autism Indicator on LA Driver's License

Autism Indicator on LA Driver's License

Eligible Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles customers can now request to have an “Autism” indicator added to their driver’s license.

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LA Dept. of Education Launches the Engaged Initiative

LA Dept. of Education Launches the Engaged Initiative

The BE ENGAGED® initiative is powered through an innovative technology app, PimsPoints. Download the app here:
LA Developmental Disabilities Council

LA Developmental Disabilities Council

Families Helping Families is a statewide network of ten family-directed and family-staffed regional resource centers that provide information on all types of services, goods,...

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Tinkergarten

Tinkergarten

Sharing for families of children from 18 months to 8 years old:

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