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Families Helping Families of Southwest Louisiana has been incorporated since January, 1992. We serve the area of Region V which includes the parishes of Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jeff Davis Parishes. FHF SWLA’s core services include information and referral, education and training and peer support. We are a 501©3 organization that is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of 51% individuals with disabilities or family members and other interested community members.

Our mission is to enable and empower individuals with disabilities and their families by providing information, referral, education, training, peer support and advocacy skills.  Our vision is that all individuals with disabilities have the opportunity to attend school, live, work and play in their own community

FHF SWLA coordinates and collaborates with several agencies statewide. We are also part of a statewide network of ten Families Helping Families Centers. The program staff of FHF SWLA are all family members or individuals with disabilities. Our staff includes an executive director, 1 support staff, and 8 program staff who put a face on 9 programs at our agency. Programs of our agency provide over 50 training and support opportunities each year. We work with individuals with any kind of special need (mental, physical, emotional, or educational). We offer a resource lending library, quarterly email newsletter, research on disability related topics, information and referral, education and training and peer support and advocacy skills training.

Families Helping Families SWLA is the only family directed resource center in Southwest Louisiana. Families Helping Families SWLA is a unique agency that can answer specific questions about disabilities from our own personal experiences and lend a supportive and helping hand to families living with disability issues.

Only at FHF SWLA can one get information from another parent or individual with a disability that has accessed the SAME services and learned firsthand how to navigate the many different service systems.

We serve over 2000 families each year who are seeking information and referral about specific disabilities and services in the community, education advocacy assistance, systems change advocacy assistance, peer support and other specifics related to various disabilities.

We are Families Helping Families….It’s Who We Are…It’s What We Do!





Click here to register for the webinar – Do You Know Your Rights if You Disagree?
Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us for the webinar - Do You Know Your Rights If You Disagree?
Do You Know Your Rights If You Disagree? - Since the first federal law dealing with the education of students with disabilities in public schools passed, legal rights for parents has been an important part of the law. These legal rights for parents generally referred to as “procedural safeguards,” are a critical component to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.   The purpose of this webinar is to let parents know they have legal rights and to help them understand these rights and what to do when you disagree with the school. 
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ybw6ekrt
Click here to download the online webinar event flyer!
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.


Click here to register for the webinar - IEP vs. 504 Plans
Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us online for webinar - IEP vs. 504 Plans!
IEP Vs. 504 Plans – Students with disabilities will usually qualify for either an IEP or a 504 Plan - but what is the difference and is one better than the other?  This training will take you through the eligibility process for both plans, the laws, that regulate both, the differences in the plans and parental rights.
Date: Monday, November 5, 2018
Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yc725773
Click here to download the event flyer!
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.


Click here to register for webinar - Discipline Rights of Special Education Students!
Families Helping Families of SWLA in collaboration with Louisiana Parent Training & Information Center is co-hosting a FREE online Webinar!
Join us online for webinar - Discipline Rights of Special Education Students!
Discipline Rights of Special Education Students - This webinar will focus on the procedures when disciplining students with disabilities at school and the rights of parents and students during the discipline process. Participants will also learn more about manifestation determination review, the 10-day rule, and behavioral intervention plans.
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time:  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Guest Presenter: Natasha Quiroga, PREP Director & Senior Counsel, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Audience:  Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals of School-Aged Children/Students.
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ycsttp3d
Click here to download the event flyer!
To access or participate in the online webinar you need to have the "GoToWebinar" app on your smartphone, ipad, tablet, or just use your desktop/laptop computer!
"GoToWebinar" app can be downloaded for FREE from google play store or itunes app store.
If you have questions on how to access or how you can participate in this online webinar contact Wallace at (337) 436-2570 or 1-800-894-6558.