January 14, 2013 | Issue 42  

Whittier Union High School & Irvine Unified present 4th Transition Summit
CalSTAT Regional Institute Host Site
Date: January 23-24, 2013
Time: 8:30 am- 3:30 pm, Pacific Time
Location: Chapman University, Orange, California
For information and registration email Teri Chang.
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Youth Opportunity!
High school juniors and seniors: apply now to take part in a Leadership Forum for Youth with Disabilities.
Date: July 22-26, 2013
Location: Sacramento, California.  
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Call for Presentations to 2013 APSE Conference

Employment First: Race to Success- Employment Comes in First
Date: June 25-27, 2013
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
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ODEP Launches Media Campaign Encouraging Youth with Disabilities to Pursue Career Goals
To help millions of people recognize what they can do to make a difference in the lives and future careers of young people with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor and the US Business Leadership Network's strategic partner, the Campaign for Disability Employment has released a new video public service announcement titled "Because." The PSA features real people with disabilities - not actors - who are pursuing and realizing their goals and passions as a result of the support they received from everyday people in their lives. Because nearly 1 out of 5 Americans has a disability, the PSA is intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do.
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Real People, Real Jobs: Stories From the Front Line
Highlights employment success of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities working in paid jobs in their communities. Learn about these individuals and the promising employment support practices that led to their success.
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NCI Report for People with Disabilities
Data from the National Core Indicator Project (2010) show 1 out of 10 individuals had a paid job in their community. The report, What We Learned from the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult Consumer Survey, is a user friendly guide for some important NCI findings. This report was developed in response to self-advocates in California asking to have the Annual NCI report made more accessible.
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National Core Indicators. California Adult Consumer Survey. Report. Quality Assessment Project. Fiscal Year 2010-2011
·8% had jobs in the community
Of those working:
·34% competitive employment at an average of $9.87 per hour
·26% individually supported jobs at an average of $8.79 per hour
·40% group supported employment at an average of $6.29 (below California’s minimum wage)
·29% received benefits
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Youth to Work Coalition Webinar on School Based Learning Date: January 15, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, Pacific Time
Login at http://tadnet.adobeconnect.com/nsttac/
Then either (a) let the system call you or (b) dial 1-800-201-2375 and use code 611914.(You will need your phone to hear the conversation).
The purpose of the Youth to Work Coalition is to provide resources (toolkits, guides, how-to-materials) that link employers and schools to create work-based learning experiences (WBLE) for students with disabilities. Work-based learning has consistently been shown to improve post-school outcomes.
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College Readiness and Life Skills: Moving Beyond Academics
Date: January 31, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Pacific Time
Mandy Romer-Savitz, professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-author of Ready, Willing, and Able: A Developmental Approach to College Access and Success; Susan Strickland, counselor, Harrison High School, Kennesaw, Ga.
Moderator: Caralee Adams, contributing writer, Education Week.
Getting a college degree takes more than academic skill. Successful students in college must also be able to live independently, manage their schedules, advocate for themselves, and bounce back from failure. Many students today lack these life skills, and that translates into lower college completion rates on many campuses. This discussion will include the perspective of a Harvard researcher who advocates an approach to college readiness that includes work on identity development, motivation, and self-regulation. A high school counselor who has crafted programs that encourage student responsibility will also share her experience integrating life skills into college-readiness efforts.
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College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs Webinar
Date: February 6, 2013
Time: 11:00 am -12:30 pm, Pacific Time
Preparing transition-aged students for college requires comprehensive planning at the district and individual student level. “College-Based (Dual-Enrollment) Transition Programs,” the third in a series of six “Think College!” webinars, will discuss policies and practices that have been developed to promote successful college experiences for students. These include: student and family preparation, professional development for secondary teachers and coaches, new transportation policies, school-college schedule alignment, and ongoing communication with college partners.
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Support for National Projects to Empower Youth with Disabilities
Application Deadline: June 1, 2013
Award Ceiling: $75,000
Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation grants are provided to nonprofit organizations in the United States. Projects should be national in scope or have a definite plan for national dissemination and replication; should promote the full-inclusion of youth with disabilities alongside their peers without disabilities; and should promote inclusive competitive employment practices.
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