August 27, 2012 | Issue 27  

Save The Date- September 25th California Consortium For Postsecondary Education For People With Developmental Disabilities
September 25th, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Center for Healthy Communities, Los Angeles, CA.

Walmart Settles Lawsuit for Refusing Temporary Accommodation to Employee with Cerebral Palsy
Walmart Stores, Inc. and Walmart Stores East, L.P. have settled a disability discrimination lawsuit for having workplace policies that are against the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The New Mexico-based retailer fired an employee after she returned from medical leave with a doctor's note requesting a temporary reasonable accommodation involving periodic breaks off her feet. Instead, the employee was told she had to get a medical release with no restrictions. The company has agreed to change its reasonable accommodation policy.
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National Council on Disability (NCD) Calls for Phase-Out of Subminimum Wages for People with Disabilities
NCD, an independent federal agency released a report calling for the phase-out of a provision in the Fair Labor Standards Act, known as the 14(c) program, that allows employers who receive a certificate from the U.S. Department of Labor, to pay less than federal minimum wage to workers with disabilities for work performed. The central theme of the recommendations in the report is in the gradual phase-out of the 14(c) program, and accompanying systems change to enhance existing resources and create new mechanisms for supporting individuals in securing integrated employment.
The full report is available on the NCD’s website.
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Division on Career Development and Transition Fact Sheets (2011)
Looking for resources and research-based practices? The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT) has developed Fact Sheets on Independent Living, Vocational Education, Self-Determination, Age-Appropriate Transition Assessment, Transition Planning, Competencies, and Student Involvement in the IEP Process.
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Materials from IDEA Leadership Conference
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Program's 2012 IDEA Leadership Conference (previously named the OSEP Leadership Conference) took place in Washington, DC. on July 30-August 1, 2012. The conference brought together Parent Centers, State Directors of Special Education, Section 619 and Part C Coordinators, Data Managers, TA&D Projects, and others in the field. Materials from the conference, including: webcasts, PowerPoint presentations, and handouts are now available on the conference Web site. See Part B-Secondary Transition Sessions.
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Getting Started: Developing College Opportunities for Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 11:00am-12:30 pm Pacific Time
Presenters: Clare Papay, Arcadia University; Megan Griffin, Vanderbilt University. 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.
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ARCA New Day 2012 Conference and Institutes
When: September 17, 18, & 19th
Where: Pasadena Hilton, Pasadena, CA

CECY Conference Presentations: 
-“Postsecondary Education As A Pathway To Employment” Tuesday, September 18, 4:00-5:00pm.
-“Media Arts And Employment: Both In And Outside Of The Entertainment Industry”
Wednesday September 19, 2 – 3:30pm.
Conference registration closed. Half-Day Institutes still accepting registrations. Institute workshop topics include: “Project Search”, “Building Assets”, and “The Right Job at the Right Time at the Right Pay.” 
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US Business Leadership Network 15th Annual Conference & Expo
When: October 1-4, 2012
Where: Orlando, Florida
The 2012 USBLN® Annual Conference & Expo is a national business-to-business event that taps into the vast economic potential of the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The theme of this year’s conference is “Disability Inclusion Driving Success in a Competitive Business Environment.”
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