October 03, 2012 | Issue 31  

Alaska and TN have been Awarded Projects of National Significance Partnerships in Employment Grants
Alaska and TN have been awarded Projects of National Significance Partnerships in Employment Grants bringing the total number to 8. They join California (CECY), Mississippi, Iowa , New York, Wisconsin and Missouri.
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OSEP Releases Question 4 in IDEA Data Driven Accountability Reform
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs has released question 4 in their series of comment solicitations as part of the results driven accountability reform currently underway for IDEA. 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. OSEP will accept comments on Question 4 until October 19, 2012.
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CA Legislation Replaces "R Word" with "Intellectual Disability"
Governor Brown recently signed two bills that replace the term, “mentally retarded” with the term “intellectual disability”: AB 2370 by Assembly member Allan Mansoor (Republican), known as the Shriver “R-Word” Act; and, SB 1381, Senator Fran Pavley (Democrat). The intent of both bills is to increase respect for people with disabilities eliminating the use of the outdated, offensive, and misleading terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded”.
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Temple Grandin's Advice for Thinking about Transitioning to Employment and Independent Living for Individuals with Autism and Aspergers
Temple Grandin describes her early employment experiences, offers suggestions for careers based upon the different ways people think, and shares why early employment experiences matter.
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Many Youths With Autism Not Employed or In College 2 Years After High School
Young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are less likely to have a job or be enrolled in any type of postsecondary education when compared to peers with a speech/learning impairment or learning disability, but more likely than youths with mental retardation, according to a study that was partially funded by NIMH. The findings emphasize the need to improve transition planning for students with ASD before they leave high school.
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Report Examines Supported Employment Practices, Partnerships, and Funding

The Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston published a report that presents research on supported employment (SE) funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research to focus on vocational rehabilitation (VR) agency partnerships with other state entities, and sources and models for long-term funding.
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New Ticket to Work Website Announced by the Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration's redesigned Ticket to Work website connects people who receive Social Security disability benefits and want to work, or are already working, with a variety of  resources, including program information and news about employment support programs.
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Wisconsin High School Principal James Moylan Talks About Employment and Youth with Disabilities
The public service announcement was produced by one of the school pilot sites in the Wisconsin Let's Get to Work project, Wisconsin's PNS Partnerships in Employment Systems Change Project. It features actual employers and students talking about the importance of employment.
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Think College Podcast Series Answers Families` Questions about Postsecondary Education
In two 15-minute podcasts produced in collaboration with PACER Center, Cate Weir, project coordinator for Think College, introduces families to postsecondary education opportunities and answers some of the basic questions that families have on postsecondary education options for their sons and daughters with intellectual disabilities.
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