August 20, 2012 | Issue 26  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Employment First Legislation
AB 2338 did not get out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is dead for the 2011-12 legislative session. From the discussion at the Employment First Committee, the recommendation to reintroduce the bill in the 2013-14 (beginning with bill introductions in December 2012) will be presented to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities' Legislative and Public Policy Committee at their next meeting.



WEBINAR AND CONFERENCE

Ticket to Work: Support Services for People Who Have a Disability and Are Ready to Work- Social Security Administration
August 22, 2012, 12:00pm- 1:30pm
WISE webinars are online events held for beneficiaries to learn about the Ticket to Work Program and available Work Incentives through accessible learning opportunities. If you are interested in learning about the Ticket to Work Program or Work Incentives, you can attend a free Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) online webinar hosted on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Register below!
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Direct Support Professionals: Perspectives and Innovations from the Field
September 7, 2012, 10:00am- 11:00am
This webinar is being co-sponsored with
ANCOR, the American Network of Community Options and Resources. The perspectives of a national expert, a Direct Support Professional, and a Moving Mountains award winning organization will be blended throughout this presentation to demonstrate the movement from research and recommendations to reality.  Nationally recognized strategies for addressing the workforce crisis will be examined. 
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2012 SABE National Conference: It’s all About Fairness-
AAIDD Co-Sponsored
August 30-September 2, 2012
Location: St. Paul, MN 
Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the self-advocacy organization of the United States. The SABE Conference is a gathering of self-advocacy leaders representing over 1250 state and local groups from around the nation. This is the 22nd year that a bi-annual conference has been offered by
SABE. The 2012 SABE Conference is now accepting registrations! 
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2012 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with ID - AAIDD Co-Sponsored
November 29-30, 2012
Location: Fairfax, VA
This year’s conference will be held on November 29-30, 2012 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Registration is now open.
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EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE

Social Security’s Ticket to Work “Find Help” Tool Connects You to Employment Services You Need
The Ticket to Work program provides choices in support services that help individuals’ ages 18 through 64, who are Social Security disability beneficiaries (SSI/SSDI), and prepares them for work. The goal of the program is for individuals to work towards and achieve a better self-supporting future! The Ticket to Work “Find Help” Tool, connects you with organizations that can help you achieve your work goals.
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POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION RESOURCE

Universal Design for Learning: Implications and Applications in UT Knoxville FUTURE Program
In the1960’s, architects began using the principles of Universal Design to create accessible environments for people with and without disabilities. For the first time, curb cuts, ramps, and automatic doors allowed physical access for all. In this same spirit, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can increase access to higher education for diverse learners, including students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD). This Insight brief will provide an overview of UDL, describe how it is supported in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, and share strategies for using UDL in college programs for students with ID/DD.
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