Advocacy Center


Who We Are

The Advocacy Center is a non-profit corporation that serves people with disabilities in every parish of Louisiana. With four offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and Lafayette, the Advocacy Center 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. The Advocacy Center 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
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.

Income Guidelines

There are no income requirements.

There are no fees for service.

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Does this organization provide access for the hearing impaired?
Eligibility Restrictions

For help, you must be: Disabilities

This program does not serve: Over 60; Community Groups

Type of Help

This group provides the following types of services based on your legal needs and its resources:
  • Full Representation
  • Brief Advice or Service
  • Self-Help Materials
Description of Services

The Advocacy Center 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 the Advocacy Center are extremely knowledgeable about resources throughout Louisiana. They often suggest alternatives when AC cannot assist with an issue. AC also publishes a variety of flyers, booklets, and reports. These are available free of charge.

Outreach and Training -
The Advocacy Center 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 AC may be in response to requests from specific groups or set up by AC 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.

Advise the receptionist of any emergency situation.

How to Get Help

You can contact this organization by:

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Phone Number

Contact this group by following the instructions below You may also apply for services by e-mail (advocacycenter@advocacyla.org), or by regular mail to the address of the office nearest you. -OR- Contact this group by telephone at 1-800-960-7705 (Voice or Via 711 Relay) or 1-866-935-7348 (TTY). Monday: 9:00 - 5:00 Tuesday: 9:00 - 5:00 Wednesday: 9:00 - 5:00 Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00 Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 Please have on hand any documents related to the problem about which you are calling.


At your initial call, leave your name, address and phone number and you will receive a call back within 3 working days. You may also apply for services by e-mail (advocacycenter@advocacyla.org) or by regular mail to the address of the office nearest you.

General Contact Information

Advocacy Center
8325 Oak Street (map)
New Orleans, LA 70118
Toll Free
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