September 17, 2012 | Issue 30  

Disability Benefits 101 Requests Feedback from Users of Their Web Site by September 21, 2012
The John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University has hired an independent contractor to conduct the evaluation, including gathering feedback from DB 101 website visitors.  We are encouraging our users to take the brief, confidential survey about their information needs, current work and benefit situations, and their experiences with the websites. Visitors completing a survey will be entered into a drawing to win a $100 gift card.
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Enrolled Legislation Awaiting Governor’s Signature
SB 1381 (Anderson and Pavley and Rubio)
AB 2370 (Mansoor)
Mental retardation: change of term to intellectual disabilities.
Two bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown's signature won't change any services, rights or responsibilities in state law. But to supporters, the changes are critical: They would drop the words "mental retardation" and "mentally retarded" from state regulations and publications.

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Transition Coordinators and Transition Specialists Survey by the University of Kansas
Due Date: September 30
New survey for Transition Coordinators/Transition Specialists to better understand the roles of transition coordinators across the country. If you are interested in completing the survey, you will be entered into raffle to win one of TWENTY $150 pre-paid MasterCards, please follow this link and complete the survey now!Approximate time to take the survey is 20 minutes.

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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $9.8 Million to Fund Centers for Parents of Students With Disabilities
5 California Centers Awarded
·Team of Advocates for Special Kids, Inc.—Region 1
·Team of Advocates for Special Kids, Inc.—Region 2
·Exceptional Parents Unlimited, Inc.—Region 3
·Parents Helping Parents, Inc.—Region 4
·Rowell Family Empowerment of Northern California, Inc.—Region 5
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California Committee on the Employment of People With Disabilities
Save the Date!
Date: Wednesday October 10, 2012
Time: 1:00-4:00pm
Joint Meeting between CHIIP Youth Advisory Committee and CCEPD
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
1209 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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.

·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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