September 10, 2012 | Issue 29  
EDUCATION

OSEP Announces Third Question in Results Driven Accountability
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs is undertaking a reform of the accountability system to shift the focus of accountability from compliance to results. The Results Driven Accountability process seeks to emphasize educational results and functional outcomes for students with disabilities and creating a system that maximizes resources available. These questions are open for public comment. One of the questions asked, “As the department refocuses its accountability efforts, which IDEA requirements do you see as being most closely related to improved educational results and functional outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities?”
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EMPLOYMENT

Finding a Voice for Eva
In a world of texting, tweeting and emailing, a woman with cerebral palsy can communicate despite being unable to speak – and get the job.
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The Low Wage Job Explosion
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Sure, the economy is adding jobs these days...but most of those positions pay pretty poorly. Some 58% of the jobs created during the recovery have been low-wage positions, according to a new report by the National Employment Law Project. Only 22% have been mid-wage jobs and 20% higher-wage positions. These low-wage jobs pay $13.83 an hour or less. 

The fastest growing low-wage jobs include retail salespeople, food prep workers, laborers and freight workers, waiters and waitresses, personal and home care aides, office clerks and customer representatives.
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CONVENING

CALIFORNIA CONSORTIUM FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES –CECY and State Council on Developmental Disabilities Sponsored
Date: September 25th, 2012
Time: 9:00am -12:00pm
Location: Center for Healthy Communities - California Endowment
1000 N. Alameda Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 (free parking available)

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: College DSPS; Faculty and Administrators; K-12 Secondary Education & Transition Staff; Department of Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Personnel; Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities; Families; and Interested Individuals.

PARTICIPANTS WILL LEARN ABOUT:
·Effective Transition: Connecting Education and Employment
·Preparing Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for Real Work & Real Pay
·Postsecondary Education as a Pathway to Integrated Competitive Employment for Youth with Intellectual Disabilities
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National Council on Disability Webinar on Phase Out of Subminimum Wage
Date: September 18, 2012
Time:11:00-12:00 Pacific Time
On August 23, 2012, President Obama’s National Council on Disability (NCD) released a report calling for the phase-out of the 14(c) program that allows employers to pay less than federal minimum wage to workers with disabilities. Join the NCD, Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE), and Autism NOW for this free webinar to hear two of the authors of the report share recommendations for eliminating subminimum wages for people with disabilities.
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