April 3, 2013 | Issue 52  

Employer Engagement Strategies
APSE Sponsored Webinar
Date:  May 9, 2013 11:00 AM -12:00 PM Pacific Time
Fee: $50 Members/$100 Non-Members
Presenter: Rob Hoffman, Employment Analytics
Employer engagement needs to be a central part of an organization’s mission rather than a marginal or optional activity. It requires placing a priority on and demonstrating an ability to meet employer needs. To effectively meet these needs entails more than just learning about positions, we have to adapt and align with the employer’s processes and strategies. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the process and strategies for effective employer engagement.
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State-of-the-Art Training for Employment Professionals
The Institute for Community Inclusion is authoring courses for the new College of Employment Services (CES). CES is a series of online classes for employment professionals. The lessons cover best practices around creating job accommodations, disclosing disabilities, building personal and professional networks, and many other topics. This accessible, practical curriculum equips employment professionals to meet and surpass national and agency standards for their field. College of Employment Services course content is created by the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
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Participation by the United States in Olmstead Cases
The United States filed a Motion to Intervene in a pending class action lawsuit against the State of Oregon. The United States’ accompanying Complaint in Intervention alleges violations of Title II of the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for unnecessarily segregating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in sheltered workshops when they could be served in integrated employment settings. Prior to requesting intervention, the United States filed a Statement of Interest in Support of Plaintiffs Regarding Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss. The United States argued that Title II and the integration regulation apply to all services, programs, and activities of a public entity, including segregated, non-residential employment settings such as sheltered workshops.
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NLGA Passes Resolution on Employment for People with Disabilities
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) has passed a resolution supporting the employment of people with disabilities. In the resolution, the NLGA “calls on each Lieutenant Governor to encourage elected officials to work with businesses, state governments, and disability and aging leaders to promote policies and prescribe remedies to address the high unemployment rate of people with disabilities.”
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Post-Secondary Options for Students with Asperger's Syndrome: Three Programs and a Parent Perspective
Date: April 15, 2013 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Pacific Time
Presentations will include an overview of three programs and a parent perspective. Cathryn Weir, M.Ed., will discuss how Think College works with programs for students with autism who are not likely to matriculate, how they work with programs around the country, and resources they have available. Barbara Becker-Cottrill, Ed.D., and Marc Ellision, Ed.D., will provide details on how The College Program for Students with Asperger’s Syndrome at Marshall University supports students in the program, including strategies for working with professors, residence advisors and others involved in the life of the student; details will also be provided about a summer college experience for high school students. Cathy Pratt, Ph.D., BCBA-D, will share information about Students on the Spectrum at Indiana University, a student-directed club facilitated by the Indiana Resource Center for Autism.
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Think College Listserv
Are you a parent or student considering college options, a professional starting or expanding a college program, an educational coach or mentor with ideas to share or questions to ask your colleagues around the country? This listserv can help you to share your knowledge and ask questions of others who are engaged in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.
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Course of Study: The Certificate of Completion
On March 19, 2013 the CoP presented a Webinar entitled, "Course of Study: The Certificate of Completion." You can find the PowerPoint presentation and a hand out from Shasta College here. The archive will be available for 30 days. You must download it prior to expiration. To access the archive, click here.
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New Report on Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students 
"Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students," a new report prepared by FHI 360, provides a conceptual base for work-based learning (WBL), a strategy that helps students apply academic and technical skills and develop employability skills. WBL has been identified as an important issue for state and local program reform and implementation, but there is a need to better understand WBL as part of secondary career and technical education programs.
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