October 15, 2012 | Issue 33  

Partnerships in Employment Website
The website provides information about the project's goals, grantees, and the High Performing Transition Model, it also offers nearly 100 resources that will be updated quarterly. The resource section of the website includes annotated summaries of each resource and a link to access the resource. Additionally, the resource section is searchable by key words, states, topics, and model elements.
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Democratic Governor Jack Markell, GOP Representative Pete Sessions Unite to Help Disabled Find Jobs
The Delaware Governor and Texas Congressman could not be further apart ideologically, but have joined together to push a public-private initiative to get companies to hire disabled people—who face unemployment rates of up to 80 percent.
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Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success   
This curriculum, developed by ODEP, focuses on teaching "soft skills" (workforce readiness skills) to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created for youth development professionals as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14 to 21 in both in-school and out-of-school environments. Download the full document in English and Spanish.
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Universal Economic Development, Not Employment Services
Date: October 26, 2012
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center Conference Room, 761 Corporate Center Drive, Pomona, CA 91768
Cost: $65/APSE members or $75 Non Members + $8.25 Box Lunch
The fact that individuals with disabilities continue to be way under-represented in the workforce suggests that the traditional “Labor Market Approach” to job development does not work very well.Developing meaningful and lasting jobs using Universal Economic Development principles, including Customized Employment strategies entails utilization of each individual’s contributions, leveraging community connections and social capital, along with assisting individuals to access needed resources.
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AB790 Linked Learning Pilot Program Webinar
Date: October 18, 2012
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
The CDE, in coordination with ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career and The Linked Learning Alliance, will be presenting an informational Webinar to answer your questions about the AB 790 Linked Learning Pilot Program. Linked Learning integrates rigorous academics and technical education and is organized around a broad theme, interest area, or industry sector in a wide range of fields such as: engineering, arts and media, and biomedicine and health. Business and industry play a critical role in connecting what is taught in the classroom with students' interests and career aspirations. As a result, Linked Learning prepares students for the full range of post-graduation options including college and career readiness.
To log on to the Webinar Click here.

If you are unable to hear through your computer OR are an Apple/Macintosh user, you may use the following number to dial-in by phone to hear:
Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 432-0075
Participant Access Code: 651905#
For additional information, including resources and the PowerPoint for this presentation contact: Darrell Parsons at dparsons@cde.ca.gov

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If I Had a Trillion Dollars Film Festival
This is the annual If I Had A Trillion Dollars national youth film festival. They ask youth ages 10 - 23, "If YOU had the power to choose, how would you spend 1 trillion dollars?"  "What could that money do for your family, for your community, for your nation, or for the world?"  You can approach this any way that inspires you. For past festivals, people have written skits and songs, mini-documentaries, infomercials, etc. Submit a video by the January 11, 2013 deadline.
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New Jersey's Dare to Dream Series 
The New Jersey Office of Special Education has archived presentations from the 2012 regional Dare to Dream Student Leadership conferences. These presentations highlight the importance of student self-advocacy and leadership for students and adults with disabilities. There are also archived videos from a variety of breakout sessions on the transition and self-advocacy process.
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Youth Organizing for Education Change 
Young people should be considered actors in school change, not simply the recipients of changed schools. Youth-led efforts to create change in schools, districts and education policy are on the rise. “Youth Organizing for Educational Change” features case studies of seven youth organizing efforts across the United States that inform, instruct, and inspire youth-led efforts.
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