July 30, 2012 | Issue 23  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

OSEP provides favorable response to The Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BDD) and Disability Rights Wisconsin (DRW) query about Least Restrictive Environments (LRE) for youth in transition
OSEP explains integrated work experiences can be a transition service for youth with employment goals and that community placements have the same requirements for LRE that classroom placements have.That is, placements should be made in integrated community settings unless it is determined that the nature or the severity of disability is such that even with the provision of appropriate supplementary aids and services the students education can not be met in regular classes or work setting.
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EMPLOYMENT AND TRANSITION RESOURCES

Creating an Inclusive Workplace: Integrating Employees With Disabilities Into a Distribution Center Environment
An article in the June issue of Professional Safety by individuals affiliated with the Walgreens Distribution Center in Anderson, SC, shares specific performance statistics, as well as management policies, techniques and strategies used by the national retail pharmacy chain in employing people with disabilities.
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SELN Employment Webinar Series
The recently held 4- session webinar series for families, individuals, organizations and professionals hosted by the State Employment Leadership Network (SELN) in collaboration with the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) and the California Department of Developmental Services are now available for online viewing. The goal of the series was to increase awareness about employment and provide concrete ideas for how the current day support system can increase employment outcomes. 
          ·1st Webinar: The Importance of Employment
          ·2nd Webinar: Relationships and Networking with Business
          ·3rd Webinar: Person-Centered Career Practices
          ·4th Webinar: Organizational Change from Facility-Based to Community-           Based mployment Services.
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CONFERENCES

REGISTRATION FOR 2012 TASH CONFERENCE NOW OPEN “So Many Answers Left Unquestioned”
Wednesday, November 28 - Friday, December 1
Long Beach, California
For 37 years, the TASH conference has impacted the disability field by connecting attendees to innovative information and resources, facilitating connections between different stakeholders in the movement, and helping attendees reignite their passion for the full inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life.

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