December 19, 2012 | Issue 40  

Happy Holidays
CECY was created to provide youth and young adults with developmental disabilities with the expectation and opportunity to achieve meaningful and productive careers. Together, as individuals, programs, agencies and system, we have the ability to provide the supports and opportunities youth need to build relationships with caring adults, acquire needed skills, exercise leadership, and contribute to their communities. We are excited to continue our work with you in the upcoming year.

We wish you a peaceful and joyous holiday with friends and family.
We will resume CECY E- News the week of January 7th, 2013.


2013 National APSE Conference Call for Presentations
Date: June 25th - 27th, 2013
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Susan Rinne and Jeannine Pavlak, Conference Committee Co-Chairs, cordially invite all interested parties to submit presentation proposals for the 24th Annual National APSE Conference taking place June 25th to 27th, 2013. The APSE conference focuses exclusively on integrated employment of individuals with disabilities and is the premier event for sharing knowledge, expertise and ideas on the latest and best innovations to make employment a reality for all. They are looking for presentations that are innovative and expand state-of-the-art practices to advance our field. Submit your proposal before the February 4th, 2013 deadline.
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The 2013 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with Disabilities
Date: July 22 - 26, 2013
Location: California State University, Sacramento
Student applications are now available for the 2013 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF). The 2013 YLF will occur July 22 - 26, 2013 in Sacramento, CA. This program is provided to accepted students with disabilities at no cost. YLF is an annual five day leadership program that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence and assistive technology. In addition, students have the opportunity to interact with students their own age and staff with various disabilities to develop long lasting friendships. YLF is held in Sacramento, and students will stay in the dorms on campus at California State University, Sacramento.
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Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC)
NSTTAC, in partnership with the USBLN and other organizations focused on employment of youth and young adults with disabilities, has launched a newly reorganized Youth to Work Coalition (YTWC) website. The purpose of this website is to house resources that help link employers and schools to resources for work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities. The resources are organized across 8 work-based learning experience (WBLE) categories: (1) career exploration, (2) job shadowing, (3) job sampling, (4) service learning, (5) internships, (6) apprenticeships, (7) paid employment, and (8) mentoring.
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Career Ready
The Career Readiness Partner Council has developed a document defining what it means to be Career Ready. They provide information on academic and technical knowledge and skills needed to become Career Ready.Additionally, they indicate employability knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be Career Ready and what is necessary to build a comprehensive system that supports career readiness.
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Person Centered Planning
The Transition Coalition has created a mini module, providing information about person-centered planning (PCP) and the role it can play in transition planning. In this module, a user will learn (a) why PCP was developed, (b) how PCP is defined and major features of all PCP methods, (c) steps to implementing a PCP, and (d) how to apply PCP to transition planning.
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The Future is Now Conference: Creating a Meaningful Life for Adults with ASD 
Date: Friday, January 11th, 2013 at 8:00 AM to
Saturday January 12th, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Location: California State University Northridge, California 
The Future is Now Conference can connect you to the information and resources you need for key aspects of adult life. This two-day conference provides essential information for parents and professionals working with transition-age youth and adults on the autism spectrum. Speakers and panelists will address relevant topics of interest to all attendees, with an emphasis on needs, solutions and resources for individuals across the spectrum. The deadline for registration is January 8th. To register please click
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