May 8, 2013 | Issue 56  
ANNOUNCEMENTS

California Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities Meeting
Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013
Time: 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM Pacific Time
Embassy Suites Anaheim South, Ballroom A
11767 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
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EDUCATION

"Transition and Indicator 13: Writing IEPs that Meet the Legal Mandate" 
On April 16, 2013 the Community of Practice - Secondary Transition conducted this webinar, which is now available for your use. There are 5 accompanying handouts (listed below) that go along with the Webinar. The archive will be available for 30 days only. You must download it prior to the expiration.
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Handouts:
Webinar – Transition Presentation
Transition Planning Handout
IEP HS Diploma Handout
IEP Certification of Completion Handout
Course of Study Handout

Federal Partners in Transition and National Dialogue Agencies to Host Online Dialogue on Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities
Date: May 13-27, 2013
To examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities, a free, public online dialogue will be held May 13-27, 2013. The U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration invite policymakers, service providers, advocates, youth with disabilities, and others to join this online dialogue to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Once the dialogue has closed, a summary report will be made public.

The four host agencies want to ensure that all youth benefit from collective federal resources to achieve economic empowerment and maximize independence. Your input in this conversation is extremely important because studies and reports have shown that, compared to their peers without disabilities, students with disabilities are less likely to receive a regular high school diploma; twice as likely to drop out of school; and half as likely to enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs. Up to two years after leaving high school, about 4 in 10 youth with disabilities are employed, compared to 6 in 10 same-age, out-of-school youth in the general population (National Center for Education Statistics, 2000; National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 [NLTS-2], 2005).
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FACTS YOU CAN USE

Census Bureau Releases New Publications on Employment and Government Assistance for People with Disabilities
Matthew W. Brault, Statistician, U.S. Census Bureau
Two recently released publications from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey give us greater insight into characteristics of people with disabilities in America.
Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 examines the disability characteristics of the 46 million adults in the United States receiving government assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) or Medicaid. In addition, the Disability Employment Tabulation, a joint effort with the U.S. Department of Labor, provides a detailed look at the labor market characteristics for people by disability status, sex, race, and Hispanic origin.
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POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

2013 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities – Call for Proposals
Deadline: May 15, 2013
The 2013 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities will be held on November 14-15, 2013 at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. The conference will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents, and self-advocates to discuss the current state of research and practice in the field. Proposals for presentations in the following strands are being sought: Promoting Systemic Change, Transition to College, Research & Evaluation, Social & Independent Living, Program Development, Student Progress and Measurement Outcomes, Academic, and Employment.
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EMPLOYMENT

Putting Systems Collaboration to the Test – Broadening the Scope of our State Employment First Efforts
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific Time
Innovative Strategies for Partnering with the Workforce Investment System to Promote Employment First Efforts
Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) Sponsored Webinar
Presenters: Don Wehbey, National Association of State Workforce Agencies; Kevin Nickerson, Tompkins Workforce New York, and Glenn Sergeant, Arkansas Workforce Investment System
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Jury Awards $240 Million for Long-Term Abuse of Workers with Intellectual Disabilities
On May 1st, a Davenport, Iowa jury awarded the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) damages totaling $240 million - the largest verdict in the federal agency's history - for disability discrimination and severe abuse. The jury agreed with the EEOC that Hill County Farms, doing business as Henry's Turkey Service subjected a group of 32 men with intellectual disabilities to severe abuse and discrimination for the period between 2007 and 2009, after 20 years of similar mistreatment.
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What Can You Do?
The PSA is produced by The Campaign for Disability Employment, which is a collaborative effort convened by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
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