March 6, 2013 | Issue 49  
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EMPLOYMENT RESOURCE

New Employer Guide for Hiring Persons with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Labor released a new employer guide for hiring persons with disabilities. This resource guide provides employers, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant Federal, state and local level information around their legal obligations, along with resources that can assist in identifying, paying for, and implementing effective accommodation strategies in hiring and/or retaining qualified employees with disabilities.
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EMPLOYMENT TRAINING

Employment and Disability Forum
Dates: March 19-20, 2013 & May 15-16, 2013
Locations: Oakland, CA and Los Angeles, CA
Speakers: Richard Pimentel and Denise Bissonnette
Cost: $245 per person, reduced fees for more than 2 persons
This special training event promises to be both highly informative and deeply inspiring for those charged with assisting people with disabilities to find their place in the work world and engaging employers in the process of recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities. The combined talents of this dynamic duo guarantee a coupling of the philosophical with the practical, offering a reservoir of time-tested tools and hands-on methods for achieving placement results. 
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Young Social Security Disability Beneficiaries and Early Intervention to Increase Employment
A Mathematica Issue Forum
Date: Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM Pacific Time
Register for FREE by 12:00 PM on March 29, 2013.
Over a million individuals under age 40 receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and many will be dependent on government benefits for the rest of their lives. Policymakers, program administrators, and consumer organizations are increasingly focused on reforming policies and developing programs to help these young people with significant disabilities lead productive, more independent and fulfilling lives while reducing their reliance on public support. Join us for an issue forum and webcast highlighting new longitudinal statistics on young adult Social Security disability beneficiaries and interim findings from the Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) evaluation.
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FACTS YOU CAN USE

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Aid Have a Disability
A report by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that among the 46.0 million adults who received income-based government assistance in 2011, 30.4 percent of them had a disability. "Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011" provides information on the types of disabilities among people 18 and older who received income-based government aid. Types of disability include: vision, hearing, cognitive, ambulatory, self-care, or independent living difficulties.
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TRANSITION RESOURCES

New! 2012 National Transition Conference Materials
The 2012 National Transition Conference, College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities, was held May 30 – June 1, 2012. The Institute for Community Inclusion established a website that provides an overview of the conference program including materials provided by presenters and captioned video of both the opening session and the keynote speaker, Ann Wilson Cramer of IBM. Breakout session materials have been organized by theme.
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Year of College and Career Web Site
Produced by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), pooling information and resources from three divisions, the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This transition-oriented webpage features news and resources for youth with disabilities, their families, and the educators and employment professionals who support them.
 
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