February 6, 2013 | Issue 45  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Who are “America’s Best Top Models”, “The Data Nerds”, “Local Levels”, “Outreachers”, “Unbroken Chain” and “Policy Change Artists?"
They are CECY’s active workgroups. They are working on:

- Finding the freshest, most beautiful models of successful integrated competitive employment and inspire others to adopt similar model practices
- Gathering and synthesizing existing data from discoverable data sources for the purposes of accountability and change in the employment of youth with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD)
- Engaging key local level stakeholders, who will assist CECY to carry out its mission and activities
- Developing resources and information for entities assisting young adults with ID/DD to achieve greater employment outcomes
- Helping educators, parents and youth understand that expectations are shifting to employment for all
- Outlining the current legislative, regulatory and funding landscape in California impacting youth with ID/DD

Social Security Administration Proposes Change in
Terminology

We propose to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in our Listing of Impairments (listings) that we use to evaluate claims involving mental disorders in adults and children under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act (Act) and in other appropriate sections of our rules. This change would reflect the widespread adoption of the term “intellectual disability” by Congress, government agencies, and various public and private organizations.
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The State Independent Living Council Invites Public Input Regarding the Goals and Objectives for the 2014-2016 State Plan for Independent Living (SPIL)

Tuesday February 26 or Wednesday February 27
Public input is critical to the success of SILC efforts. SILC is particularly seeking input from persons living with a disability, chronic condition or health issue, family members of people with disabilities, advocates and community stakeholders concerned with disability rights.
Tuesday, February 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
300 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-0100
Wednesday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
California State Department of Rehabilitation
721 Capitol Mall
Room 242
Sacramento, CA 95814? 
RSVP:
Call Caroline toll free at 1-866-866-7452 or TTY number at 916-445-5627.
Requests for accommodations, such as sign language interpreting, alternate formats, etc., may be made by contacting the SILC at 916- 445-0142. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide input a different way, please contact the SILC.



SELF ADVOCACY RESOURCE

HSC Foundation Accepting Applications for Advocates in Disability Award
The HSC Foundation’s Advocates in Disability Program (ADA) is seeking the next generation of disability advocates. The purpose of the ADA Program is to award and encourage a young individual with a disability between the ages of 14 and 26, who has dedicated himself or herself to positively affecting the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families in the United States. The program also supports an innovative project developed by that young person with a disability that serves and empowers individuals with disabilities. The selected recipient is awarded $3,000 in recognition of past disability advocacy and will receive up to an additional $7,000 in funding support for their proposed project.
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EDUCATION WEBINARS

Career Readiness Speakers Series, Hosted by the Career and College Transition Division, CA Dept. of Education
A series of webinars between February and April 2013. Upcoming are:
The Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards
Date: Monday, February 11, 2013
Time: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
California and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills
Date: Monday, February 25, 2013
Time: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
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