February 20, 2013 | Issue 47  

Webinar from AIDD: Transitioning with Technology; Handheld Technology Moving From School to Work and Community 
Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Learn what Apple handheld devices and apps are being utilized to assist students as they successfully move from school to work and community. The webinar will be conducted by staff from the Washington Initiative for Supported Employment (WISE). Emphasis will be on built in features, and generic and specialized apps which promote independence, communication, productivity, and inclusion. Examples of school programs and the employment agencies they interact with, using handheld devices to leverage preferred employment outcomes, independent living, and community connection.
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Effective Strategies for Funding Integrated Employment and Wrap–Around Supports that Lead to Full and Fully Integrated Lives for Citizens with Significant Disabilities
Taming the 800-pound Gorilla in the Room
Lisa Mills, Independent Consultant, Moving to a Different Drum, Wisconsin
Contributing Presenters:
     -Betsy Hopkins, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Maine
     -Lisa Sturtevant, Communities and Employment, Maine
     -Sara Murphy, Director, WorkLink/TransCen, California
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Upcoming Webinars Disseminated by the California Community of Practice on Secondary Transition
Following the Capacity Building Institute 2012, The National CoP on Transition, NPSO, NSTTAC and other federally funded initiatives have co-created a webinar series focused on inclusive post-school opportunities and integrated work for students with (moderate to severe intellectual) disabilities. A range of perspectives will be explored in three 90 minute sessions that have been collaboratively developed by individuals working across agencies, states, organizations, and federal investments.

1) Get the Picture:
Life after schooling for students with moderate and severe disabilities
February 20, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Listen or call 1-888-447-7153, Participant Code: 592737
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2) Get in the Picture: Connecting with Efforts to Improve Community and Employment Outcomes
March 27, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time 
Listen or call 1-800-201-2375,
Participant Code: 434706
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3) Change the Picture: A Shared Commitment to Improving Futures
April 24, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Pacific Time 
Listen or call 1-800-201-2375, Participant Code: 611914
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New Disability Disclosure Resources (January 2013)
For youth, choosing to disclose one’s disability to peers, teachers, or supervisors can be a very difficult and personal decision which has a direct impact on some of the services received. It is important for youth service professionals to understand all of the pros and cons around disability disclosure in order to guide young people with disabilities through this process. In these videos, a companion to NCWD/Youth’s “The 411 on Disability Disclosure: A Workbook for Youth with Disabilities,” youth with disabilities discuss why they chose to disclose their disabilities and how it has helped them to succeed in work and at school.
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New at the IPad App Store – It’s My Future App
It's My Future is designed to support adults with developmental disabilities to become more self-determined and to meaningfully participate in their annual planning meetings. This App, produced by AbleLink Technologies, Inc. in conjunction with the Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Kansas, provides self-paced videos to enable people with developmental disabilities to learn more about planning meetings. Eight sections cover topics such as Choice Making, Decision Making, Goal Setting, Community Living, Employment, Fun & Leisure, and Communication Skills. Narration, a written outline, and colorful graphics support people to understand more about self-determination and how to become engaged in their planning meetings.
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