April 17, 2013 | Issue 54  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

CECY's 7 "America's Best Top Models" for Employment
In this narrated Power Point presentation, Director of CECY's local efforts, Karen Leventhal, describes the rationale for choosing local project partners and describes each project's strategy for advancing integrated competitive employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
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EDUCATION RESOURCES

"Work-Based Learning Opportunities for High School Students"
This 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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SELF ADVOCACY RESOURCES

Curriculum for Self-Advocates
The Self-Advocacy Curriculum from the National Autism Resource and Information Center and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network created a tool that is intended to help individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities learn more about the self-advocacy movement, celebrate neurodiversity, cultivate local self-advocacy groups, and become and remain empowered through self-advocacy.
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Self-Advocacy Online: News You Can Use 
The Self-Advocacy Online Website offers a special feature called, "News You Can Use." News You Can Use provides accessible summaries of findings from research publications. The website is sponsored by the Research and Training Center in Community Living at the University of Minnesota.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS - NATIONAL CONFERENCES

2013 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Deadline: May 15, 2013
The 2013 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held November 14-15, 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The conference will provide an opportunity for colleges, universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of research and practice in the field. Panels including staff from PSE initiatives, parents, self-advocates and other experts will share effective practices during breakout sessions with an opportunity for group discussion.
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2013 TASH Conference: A Movement United
Deadline: May 8, 2013
Date: December 11-14, 2013 in Chicago, IL
TASH is seeking presentations that reflect innovative ideas, programs, and practices that lead to positive outcomes for people with significant disabilities.
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