Disability Rights Louisiana

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General Contact Information


8325 Oak Street
New Orleans, LA 70118

Who We Are

Disability Rights Louisiana 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. Disability Rights Louisiana serves people with disabilities across Louisiana.

With three offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette, Disability Rights Louisiana provides information, and referral, and possibly legal representation, on legal issues relating to disability, including: special education, legal status, public benefits, community integration, institutional rights, employment and rehabilitation, and abuse/neglect. Disability Rights Louisiana also provides legal services for problems relating to nursing homes and legal and ombudsman services for individuals living in group homes, psychiatric hospital and child residential facilities.

Who We Serve

  • Acadia Parish
  • Allen Parish
  • Ascension Parish
  • Assumption Parish
  • Avoyelles Parish
  • Beauregard Parish
  • Bienville Parish
  • Bossier Parish
  • Caddo Parish
  • Calcasieu Parish
  • Caldwell Parish
  • Cameron Parish
  • Catahoula Parish
  • Claiborne Parish
  • Concordia Parish
  • De Soto Parish
  • East Baton Rouge Parish
  • East Carroll Parish
  • East Feliciana Parish
  • Evangeline Parish
  • Franklin Parish
  • Grant Parish
  • Iberia Parish
  • Iberville Parish
  • Jackson Parish
  • Jefferson Davis Parish
  • Jefferson Parish
  • La Salle Parish
  • Lafayette Parish
  • Lafourche Parish
  • Lincoln Parish
  • Livingston Parish
  • Madison Parish
  • Morehouse Parish
  • Natchitoches Parish
  • Orleans Parish
  • Ouachita Parish
  • Plaquemines Parish
  • Pointe Coupee Parish
  • Rapides Parish
  • Red River Parish
  • Richland Parish
  • Sabine Parish
  • Saint Bernard Parish
  • Saint Charles Parish
  • Saint Helena Parish
  • Saint James Parish
  • Saint Landry Parish
  • Saint Martin Parish
  • Saint Mary Parish
  • Saint Tammany Parish
  • St John the Baptist Parish
  • Tangipahoa Parish
  • Tensas Parish
  • Terrebonne Parish
  • Union Parish
  • Vermilion Parish
  • Vernon Parish
  • Washington Parish
  • Webster Parish
  • West Baton Rouge Parish
  • West Carroll Parish
  • West Feliciana Parish
  • Winn Parish
Additional Service Area Info The Advocacy Center provides services to people with disabilities throughout Louisiana. See below for an explanation of restrictions on who we can serve.
Language(s) Spoken
  • French / Français
  • Spanish / Español
Cirumstances and languages in which interpreters are provided

An interpreter can be provided for any language, with advance notice.
TTY - 1-866-935-7348

For information in Spanish please call 1-800-960-7705, press 3. Para información en español por favor llame 1-800-960-7705, oprima 3.

For information in Vietnamese please call 1-800-960-7705, press 4. Để đòi hỏi những công tác (dịch vụ) bàng tiếng Việt, xin gọi 1-800-960-7705, mở rộng 4.

Is this organization accessible by wheelchair? YES
Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired? YES

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
Description of Services

Disability Rights Louisiana represents clients in areas of the law designated as priorities by its Board of Directors. Legal representation includes counseling, advice, research, negotiation, administrative review, administrative hearing, state office review, litigation, and class action. If a person needs legal representation in a non-priority area, the staff can make referrals to other sources of legal representation. Legal assistance is offered only when the issue is related to the disability.

Information and Referral: The Intake Specialists at Disability Rights Louisiana (DRLA) are extremely knowledgeable about resources throughout Louisiana. They often suggest alternatives when DRLA cannot assist with an issue. DRLA also publishes a variety of flyers, booklets, and reports. These are available free of charge.

Disability Rights Louisiana educates others about the legal rights of persons who are elderly and persons who have disabilities through presentations to groups, participation on committees and task forces, media campaigns, technical assistance flyers, and educational booklets. Training offered by DRLA may be in response to requests from specific groups or set up by DRLA in response to needs identified by the staff.

Emergency Instructions

What is an Emergency? An emergency exists where there is imminent harm, a deadline, or a hearing. If your problem is an emergency as described below, follow the contact instructions for emergency cases. Most offices are open on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

Advise the receptionist of any emergency situation.

Last Review and Update: Feb 18, 2021
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