AARP provides services to people age 50 and over, offering a wide range of unique benefits and services. Provides a national AARP Disaster Kit and locally promotes family and individual responsibility for initial self help.
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
Acadiana Legal Service Corporation is a private, non-profit law firm. It provides free legal assistance in civil cases to those who could not otherwise afford it. They are funded solely by grants and donations. This program is financially assisted by the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts Programs of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
The Advocacy Center is 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 Advocacy Center is also funded by the state to provide legal assistance to people residing in nursing homes in Louisiana, as well as to residents 60 years and older of Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parishes; and to advocate for the rights of group home residents. Among the diverse services offered are legal representation, information and referral, outreach and training. This organization is a tax-exempt, private non-profit corporation organized in 1978 and governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It is based in New Orleans with branch offices in Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Shreveport.
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) Association
The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. As the preeminent ALS organization, The Association leads the way in research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — giving help and hope to those facing the disease. The Association’s nationwide network of chapters provides comprehensive patient services and support to the ALS community. The mission of The ALS Association is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support.
American Association of People with Disabilities
AAPD is a national nonprofit cross-disability member organization, dedicated to “ensuring economic self-sufficiency and political empowerment” for Americans with disabilities. AAPD works “in coalition with other disability organizations for the full implementation and enforcement of disability nondiscrimination laws.”
American Bar Association on Mental and Physical Disability Law- Commission on Disability Rights
The ABA has a deep and long-standing commitment to diversity and to promoting opportunities for persons with disabilities in the legal community. One of the ABA’s four fundamental goals is the elimination of bias and the enhancement of diversity in the profession. Part of that vision includes access and participation in all aspects of the legal system by persons with mental and physical disabilities. The ABA’s Commission on Disability Rights spearheads this effort.
American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU of Louisiana)
ACLU of Louisiana believes that people accused of a crime should have access to the basic necessities: a clean living space; a competent lawyer; food; and medical care. ACLU of LA fights for these ideas in the courts on behalf of people who have been mistreated by the government. ACLU works to get stories of rights abuses into the press. ACLU of LA works in the community, organizing town meetings, educating people about their rights and advocating with politicians and policymakers. ACLU also works in the legislature, advocating for laws that will protect everyone and fighting measures that would limit our freedoms.
Arc of Louisiana
The Arc of Louisiana is an advocacy organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. The Arc is people- people with developmental disabilities, parents, family members, and friends who work together. We are a grassroots organization with over 6,000 members affiliated through 21 local chapters across the state. A board of directors and a delegate body of representatives from each chapter guides the work of The Arc. The Arc staff work hard to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With guidance from our board of directors, The Arc of Louisiana works hand-in-hand with our many local chapters to fulfill The Arc’s mission throughout the state.
Autism Society of Louisiana
Autism Society - Louisiana State Chapter, Inc. (LSAC) is a coalition of local chapters throughout our state providing a network of families and professionals who offer support and experience. Their mission is to provide information, advocacy and support for individuals with ASD and their families: To help families identify services in their communities: To assist families in securing benefits and services provided by law; and, to promote lifelong opportunities for persons with autism spectrum disorder in order to be fully included members of their communities.
Baton Rouge Bar Association Pro Bono Project
The Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project is dedicated to improving equal access to justice for all and has been making a meaningful change in people’s lives since 1986. BRBA Pro Bono Project volunteers provide critical civil legal services for poor people in our community struggling with some of life’s most difficult problems: family disintegration, loss of housing, bankruptcy, loss of income through disability and domestic violence.
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a national legal advocate for people with mental disabilities. Through precedent-setting litigation and in the public policy arena, the Bazelon Center works to advance and preserve the rights of people with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Brain Injury Alliance of Louisiana
Resources, links and support information. Brain Injury Alliance of Louisiana is also a resource guide to brain injury recovery issues and resources.
Department of Children and Family Services
DCFS’s vision includes: working together to keep children safe, helping individuals and families become self-sufficient and providing safe refuge during disasters.
Disability Resources, Inc.
Disability Resources, inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to promote and improve awareness, availability and accessibility of information that can help people with disabilities live, learn, love, work and play independently. Disability Resources, Inc. serves thousands of individuals with disabilities through a multidisciplinary network of service providers and consumers. In order to reach as many people with disabilities as cost effectively as possible, they target their services and publications to libraries, disability organizations, independent living centers, rehabilitation facilities, educational institutions, and health and social service providers.
Disability.gov is the federal government website for comprehensive information on disability programs and services in communities nationwide. The site links to more than 14,000 resources from federal, state and local government agencies; academic institutions; and nonprofit organizations. You can find answers to questions about everything from Social Security benefits to employment to affordable and accessible housing. New information is added daily across 10 main subject areas – Benefits, Civil Rights, Community Life, Education, Emergency Preparedness, Employment, Health, Housing, Technology and Transportation.
Down Syndrome Association of Greater New Orleans
DSAGNO is a 501c3 support, information and advocacy organization. Through their membership, they provide support to new parents, self-advocates, family and friends of individuals with Down syndrome. Through publications, web site, meetings and events, they provide the most current information to membership and others interested in Down syndrome topics. Through advocacy efforts, DSAGNO members work to elevate the community’s understanding of those issues so that children, youth and adults have the opportunities necessary to reach their full potential in all aspects of life.
Employment Development Services
Employment Development Services (EDS) is a non-profit agency that’s in the business of putting people to work through the State Use Program. EDSLA works across Louisiana with more than 90 Community Rehabilitation Programs that hire citizens with disabilities to produce quality products and provide top-notch services.
Epilepsy Foundation Louisiana
Chartered in 1977 as the Epilepsy Council of Southeast Louisiana, the Epilepsy Foundation of Louisiana was formed to provide services to individuals with epilepsy and their families. Since that time, the Foundation has been the only agency of its type in this region to exclusively provide outreach, education, and advocacy to individuals with epilepsy and seizure disorders.
Families Helping Families of Louisiana
The purpose of the Louisiana Association of Families Helping Families is to provide a mechanism for its members to share management expertise, strategies and resources that enhance the capacity of regional Families Helping Families Centers to serve their constituents in an efficient and cost-effective manner, as well as to provide a protocol for both fiscal and programmatic accountability for each FHF Center with an established membership criteria.
Governor's Office of Disability Affairs
The Office of Disability Affairs (GODA) was created and designed to address and resolve issues amongst the disability community. GODA strives to encourage and strengthen the coordination of goals and program services among various public and private delivery systems to persons with disabilities throughout the state.
Governor's Office of Elderly Affairs
The Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs (GOEA) was created in 1956 as the Commission on Aging by the Louisiana Legislature to act as the state’s visible advocate and focal point for all matters pertaining to the aging population. GOEA collects facts, statistics, and conducts special studies on conditions pertaining to the employment, health, financial status, recreation, social adjustment, or other conditions affecting the welfare of the aged. This information helps the agency to keep abreast of the latest developments in aging throughout the nation and interpret such findings to the public.
LaCAN (Louisiana Citizens for Action Now)
LaCAN is a statewide grassroots network of individuals and families who have worked together since 1988 advocating for a system that supports individuals to live in their own homes rather than having to move to a facility to receive needed services. Specifically, they have advocated for implementation of Louisiana’s Community and Family Support System Plan.
LaTAN (Louisiana Assistive Technology Access Network)
Contact for assistive devices and durable medical equipment for disaster survivors, and for information regarding other programs and services for people with disabilities and age-related limitation who can benefit from assistive devices and daily living aids.
Legal Services of North Louisiana
Monroe (318) 699-0889
Natchitoches (318) 352-7220
Shreveport (318) 222-7186
The general purpose of LSNL is to serve the individual legal needs of the community and establish the program as a responsive community service agency, while providing quality legal services to the eligible client population. LSNL is a non-profit Corporate Law firm providing legal services to those who cannot afford a private lawyer. No fee is charged for these services. However, before a case can be accepted, certain requirements must be met.
Louisiana Appleseed’s goal is to advance social justice by effecting change at the policy, or systemic, level. Louisiana Appleseed’s projects seek to increase access to education, opportunity and justice.
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV)
The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) is a statewide network of domestic violence programs, supportive organizations, and individuals that share the goal of ending violence against women and children in Louisiana. LCADV empowers its members through advocacy, education, resource development, allocation of funds, and technical assistance.
Louisiana Commission for the Deaf
The Louisiana Commission for the Deaf provides accessibility services for persons whom are Deaf, deaf-blind, or have hearing loss or speech impairment to gain equal access to any public or private service.
Louisiana CURE (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants)
CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) is an International organization that seeks to reduce crime through reform of the criminal justice system, especially prison reform. CURE began in Texas in 1972 when citizens went to the legislature in Austin to work against the death penalty. CURE was formally organized in Texas in 1975 and became a National organization in 1985 & an International organization in 2005. Louisiana CURE began as an inmate chapter at Angola State Penitentiary. In 1990, citizens began a Louisiana state chapter outside prison and a temporary Board of Directors was appointed. In 1992, a formal Board was elected and an Executive Director established on a permanent basis in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council
Louisiana DD Council envisions a system of services and supports in Louisiana which enable individuals with developmental disabilities to exercise self-determination, be independent, productive and integrated and included in all facets of community life. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and support people with developmental disabilities to exercise control over their lives and participate fully in the community. Contact this advocacy organization for information and referral to available resources, supports and services for people with disabilities.
Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (LAFFCMH)
LAFFCMH is the state’s advocacy organization for families of children and youth with mental health needs. They represent children, youth, and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. LAFFCMH is here to assist you in obtaining information and resources that will empower you to choose the best solutions for your child, yourself, and your family. Just as each child is unique and different the services each child with emotional, behavioral and mental disorders requires will be different and unique to that child and his/her family.
Louisiana School for the Deaf
Contact for services for children who have a hearing loss.
Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired
Contact for information related to education and support services for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association
The Mission of the Louisiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (LSHA) is to:
- Serve individuals in the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
- Advocate for services provided to individuals with speech, language and hearing needs.
- Establish and promote professional development and high ethical and professional standards.
- Provide programs and services that meet members’ needs.
Louisiana State Autism Society of America
La State Autism Society of America provides information, advocacy and support for individuals with ASD and their families, helps families identify services in their communities, assists families in securing benefits and services provided by law and promotes lifelong opportunities for persons with autism spectrum disorder in order to be fully included members of their communities.
Louisiana State Bar Association
The purpose of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to aid in the administration of justice as officers of the court, assist the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, uphold the honor of the courts and the profession, promote the professional competence of attorneys, increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourage collegiality among its members.
Here is a link to Lawyer Referral Information page from the Louisiana State Bar Association
Louisiana Supreme Court
Located in the Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, the Law Library of Louisiana provides valuable services and resources for the judiciary, the bar, and the public throughout the state and beyond. The library, which was founded in 1855, now contains nearly 230,000 volumes in print and microform, including the complete chronology of both statutes and court reports for all fifty states and the federal government. Naturally, the collection of Louisiana legal materials is particularly rich historically.
Louisiana Workface Commission (LWC)
The LWC is a provider of workforce solutions. It is an Office of Workforce Development Louisiana Rehabilitation Services. The Louisiana Workforce Commission will lead the development of the system that delivers the workforce Louisiana’s current and future employers need.
Louisiana’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities-(Human Development Center)
The Human Development Center (HDC) was established in 1974 and became a University Centers of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (UCEDD) in 1984. HDC is a member of AUCD, a national network of 67 UCEDD programs. The Mission of the Human Development Center (HDC) is to provide leadership and innovation in interdisciplinary education, community service, research, and to disseminate information to strengthen and increase the capacity of local communities to support and include individuals with [developmental] disabilities and their families in all aspects of life in the community.
LSU Disability Services
Disability Services (DS), in collaboration with other university departments, is committed to providing appropriate auxiliary aids and services for students with disabilities in an effort to ensure their full participation in all activities, programs, and services to the university. DS is dedicated to promoting the self-advocacy of students with disabilities and is committed to working with the LSU administration on the development and revisions of policies and procedures relevant to students with disabilities. DS also serves as a source of disability-related information for the university.
Mental Health Advocacy Center
Baton Rouge (225) 342-6678
Lafayette (337) 262-2030
Lake Charles (337) 491-2461
New Orleans (504) 896-2610
Northshore (985) 626-6661
Pineville (318) 484-6348
Shreveport (318) 676-7332
The Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS) is an executive agency under the Office of the Governor of the State of Louisiana. MHAS operates under the tenet that no patient in a treatment facility shall be deprived of any rights, benefits, and privileges guaranteed by the law. MHAS attorneys represent and assist both children and adults in competency, commitment, and other mental health matters.
Mental Health America of Louisiana
Mental Health America of Louisiana is the state affiliate of the country’s oldest and largest nonprofit addressing all aspects of mental health and well-being. Since 1949, Mental Health America of Louisiana has been dedicated to promoting mental health wellness, preventing mental and substance use conditions, and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. Mental Health America of Louisiana envisions a just, humane and healthy society in which all people are accorded respect, dignity, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential free from stigma and prejudice.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
Promotes research, educates, advocates for people with multiple sclerosis, and organizes a wide range of programs including support for the newly diagnosed and those living with MS over time.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
MDA provides services for children and adults with neuromuscular diseases through hospital-affiliated clinics; assists with the purchase/loan of prescribed medical equipment; offers support groups for individuals and their families and summer camps for children with muscular dystrophy.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and the improvement of the quality of life for persons of all ages who are affected by mental illness.
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities/LA
Contact for information related to disabilities infants, toddlers, children and youth; IDEA, which is the law authorizing special education; No Child Left Behind; and research-based information on effective educational practices.
National Rehabilitation Information Center- Serving the Nations Disability Community
It is the mission of NIDRR to generate, disseminate and promote new knowledge to improve the options available to individuals with disabilities. The ultimate goal is to allow these individuals to perform their regular activities in the community and to bolster society’s ability to provide full opportunities and appropriate supports for its citizens with disabilities.
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
NSCIA Provides resources, services, and peer support to people with spinal cord injury and disease (SCI/D).
Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS)
The Office of Aging and Adult Services (OAAS) was formed within the Department of Health and Hospitals as a health care reform initiative, bringing together all of the long-term care programs that serve senior citizens and people with adult-onset disabilities. The Office of Aging and Adult Services aims to develop, provide and enhance services that offer meaningful choices for people in need of long-term care. The office is committed to developing a long-term care system that provides choice, ensures quality, meets the needs of consumers and caregivers, and does so in a fiscally responsible manner.
Office of Public Health
The DHH Office of Public Health is comprised of 1,300 professionals across Louisiana who are charged with protecting and promoting the health of the communities of our state. Engineers, doctors, chemists, biologists, nurses, sanitarians, clinicians, emergency preparedness experts and a host of other professionals work constantly to:
- monitor the food Louisiana’s residents and visitors eat,
- keep our water safe to drink,
- fight chronic and communicable disease,
- ensure we are ready for hurricanes, disasters and other threats,
- ensure access to vital records like birth certificates, and
- offer preventive health services.
Orleans Public Defender
The Orleans Public Defenders Office (OPD) exists to provide the citizens of Orleans Parish with the highest quality client-centered legal representation in Louisiana’s criminal and juvenile justice system. OPD’s vision is to create a community-oriented defender office built upon the zealous defense of the poor and indigent while acknowledging the strengths of clients, families and communities. OPD acts to 1) protect the guarantees of the Louisiana and United States Constitutions and maintain adherence to the rule of law, 2) foster a more open and inclusive society by increasing access to and protection within the courts for the poor and indigent, and 3) assist in the development and expansion of rehabilitation and alternative programs for clients and their families.
This site provides resources for pro bono and legal services attorneys and others working to assist low income or disadvantaged clients. Pro Bono Net is a unique organization in its use of information technology and collaboration among the various parts of the public interest legal community.
Project PROMPT is the parent training and information center for the State of Louisiana. Project PROMPT’s staff and volunteers assist parents in securing a free, appropriate public education for their children with disabilities. Project PROMPT provides information and training to parents of children with disabilities, on the rights and responsibilities under the Individuals with disabilities education Act (IDEA), and related federal and state laws. Project PROMPT is a program of Families Helping Families of Greater New Orleans and has been funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education, since 1986.
Resurrection After Exoneration (RAE)
RAE will promote reform-minded leadership among those who have been imprisoned by assisting them during their transition process to ensure a successful reentry, and by empowering exonerees to confront and reform the system that victimized them.
Safe Streets/Stong Communities
Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
Baton Rouge (225) 448-0080
Covington (985) 893-0076
Hammond (985) 345-2130
Houma (985) 851-5687
New Orleans (504) 529-1000
SLLS began in 1979 with a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. Back then, SLLS gave legal help to poor people in five northshore parishes. December 31, 2002 marked an important turning point for SLLS. That year SLLS merged with New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation (NOLAC). That merger added five New Orleans area parishes to SLLS’ service area to create a coverage area roughly the size of Connecticut.
Southwest ADA Center Independent Living Research Utilization
The Southwest ADA Center is the Southwest’s leading resource on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability rights laws. The Center is part of the ADA National Network funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the Department of Education. The Southwest ADA Center serves a wide range of audiences who are interested in or impacted by these laws, including employers, businesses, government agencies, schools and people with disabilities. Expert staff members are available to provide training and publications and to respond to your inquiries via the toll free hotline.
Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans
The Spina Bifida of Greater New Orleans, Inc. (SBGNO) is a non-profit, tax exempt organization for the expressed purpose of providing services to those persons born with Spina Bifida and their families, and to increase public awareness about Spina Bifida and its prevention. This Organization consists of individuals with Spina Bifida, their families, and other interested persons united to enhance the quality of life for persons with Spina Bifida. The association’s mission is “to promote the prevention of Spina Bifida and to support the needs of individuals with Spina Bifida and related disorders”.
State Library of Louisiana- Services for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
TBBL (Talking Books and Braille Library) provides free public library service to Louisiana residents of all ages who cannot easily read standard printed materials due to a visual impairment, physical disability or a reading disability whether it is permanent or temporary. Readers served by the TBBL include people with a physical disability that prevents them from holding a book or turning its pages. Anyone who is legally blind or totally blind is also eligible. Individuals with a reading disability that is certified by a medical doctor may also use our Library services.
United Cerebral Palsy (UCP)
UCP identifies and provides treatment to children with cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and learning disabilities; works to enhance the quality of life for the families of these children.
United Way (Louisiana Association of United Ways)
St. John United Way
United Way of Central Louisiana
United Way of Northeast Louisiana
United Way of Southwest LA, Inc.
St. Landry- Evangeline United Way
United Way for South Louisiana
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
United Way of Iberia, Inc.
United Way of Acadiana
The Louisiana Association of United Ways (LAUW) represents United Way Agencies throughout Louisiana and is committed to enhancing the human service delivery systems necessary to ensure the economic health of our state. The mission of LAUW is to increase the organized capacity of Louisiana United Way organizations. The purpose of LAUW is to foster and enable the provision of efficient and effective community services for the citizens of the service area.
Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
(225) 359-9940 Ext. 222
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (National VOAD) is the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery—to help disaster survivors and their communities. Members of National VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.