April 10, 2013 | Issue 53  

Sarah Triano Appointed New Executive Officer for the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities
CECY Partner, the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD), has appointed Sarah Triano as its new Executive Officer. In this capacity, Sarah will work with CCEPD members and stakeholders to fulfill the vision of full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workforce in accordance with the Workforce Inclusion Act. Welcome Sarah!


If Everybody Works
If Everybody Works is a 15-minute video produced by the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development. The video demonstrates what happens when people with disabilities work in the community, rather than in "sheltered work" settings. It highlights people with disabilities who are pursuing the American Dream by working, prospering, and contributing to society.
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Resource Resourcefulness: Some Thoughts on Advancing Community Employment
By: Cary Griffin, Senior Partner, Griffin-Hammis Associates
The Employment First Blog is a featured component of the Employment First ePolicyWorks space. Cary’s topic is universal in the field of integrated employment -- payment rates for developing and maintaining work are too low.
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U.S. Department of Justice Accuses Oregon of Segregating Disabled in Sheltered Workshops
Oregon unlawfully segregates people with disabilities in sheltered workshops instead of providing them more work opportunities in the public midst, federal authorities allege. Officials with the U.S. Department of Justice said they have joined a class-action lawsuit filed by people with disabilities against Gov. John Kitzhaber and the state of Oregon demanding changes to the sheltered workshop system.
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Think College Listserv
The Think College listserv is for students or parents considering college options, professionals starting or expanding a college program, educational coaches or mentors with ideas to share or questions to ask colleagues around the country, and to help them share their knowledge and ask questions of others who are engaged in postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.
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The New Transition Handbook
To ease the passage to adult life for youth with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities, Vanderbilt University Professors Erik Carter and  Carolyn Hughes have developed a transition model that combines skill development with support, and includes an outline of strategies they have developed.
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