August 6, 2012 | Issue 24  

Feds Pledge More Focus on Educational Outcomes for Students With Disabilities
Federal special education officials on Monday reaffirmed a pledge to focus more on how special education students are faring, rather than almost exclusively concentrating on whether states are technically upholding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
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Too Few Students are Receiving Adequate Transition Planning in California Schools
The Office of Special Education (OSEP) determined that that under IDEA section 616 (d), California needs intervention in implementing the requirements of Part B of IDEA. This determination was made on the basis of state FFY 2010 data that reflect a very low level of compliance on Indicator 13 at 45.9%.
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Youth Employment Data from the Current Population Survey by the US Census Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Hiring People with Disabilities: Good for Business
Kathy Martinez, Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy, U.S Department of Labor.
Highlights strategies from recently released guide titled, Business Strategies that Work: A Framework for Disability Inclusion.  This publication contains proactive disability employment strategies for businesses of all sizes and is an essential resource for employers who want to make sure their workplaces—and customer bases—are diverse and inclusive.

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2012 National Disability Employment Month Awareness (NDEAM) Toolkit
Held each October, NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. This year's theme is "A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?" Posters are free and are available for order in English and Spanish.
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CECY Youth Advisory Committee
It’s not too late to invite youth with developmental disabilities to apply to become a youth advisor.  The primary role will be to work with CECY to strengthen transition and preparation of youth for future employment and to develop leadership skills among the youth.
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Justin Dart Disability History Week Poster Contest

Due Date: August 31, 2012
For Youth with Disabilities Ages 14- 28
What is Your Vision of the Disability Rights Movement? Submit your artwork.
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Employment First: Making it a Reality!
Date: September 13, 2012, 11:00am- 12:00pm (Pacific Time)
Speaker: Laura Owens, Executive Director of APSE
There has been a lot of talk about “Employment First,” but what does it really mean? This presentation will explain the movement, take a look at what other states are doing, and explore what we can be doing in states to move this grass roots agenda forward.
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Getting Started: Developing Inclusive College Opportunities
Date: September 17, 2012, 11:00am-12:30pm (Pacific Time)
This webinar will provide an overview of the issues involved in developing inclusive postsecondary educational opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Experiences from programs that have been developed in two states will be discussed. Information will be relevant for higher education, K-12 education, and families. This webinar is presented by Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at UMass Boston, in cooperation with AUCD.
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