July 10, 2013 | Issue 60
ANNOUNCEMENTS

CECY E-News is Back!
We have been keeping track of lots of news to share with you.
Olivia Raynor, Director of CECY and the Tarjan Center, joined 75 employers, advocates, activists, and representatives from government agencies and private/public foundations at “Building a More Inclusive Workforce: A National Summit to Boost Education and Employment Outcomes for Americans with Disabilities" on May 31 in Wilmington, DE. The summit was co-sponsored by the National Governors Association, the Council on Foundations, and the U.S. Business Leadership Network. It was also attended by Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell. Read more about the National Governors Association’s "A Better Bottom Line: Employing People with Disabilities" below.
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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR COLLEGE AND THE WORKPLACE

Community College Accommodations and Technology Services
Webinar (archived May 7, 2013)
Presenter: Brian Brautigam, Alternate Media Specialist, Riverside Community College District, Disabled Student Programs and Services
Topics include high school vs college accommodations, registering with the Disabled Student Program Services Offices, high and low tech options, assistive technologies and other resources.
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Job Accommodation Network Releases Just-in-Time Training Module on Assistive Technology in the Workplace

Assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to access devices, equipment, and services so that they can perform job tasks and maintain employment. Employers and employees with disabilities can greatly benefit from exploring the use of assistive technology as an accommodation in the workplace. This 21-minute introductory training module and accompanying transcript will cover the basics of assistive technology, alternative input, products, and resources available for use in the workplace. This module can be used to train new accommodation specialists, disability managers, and others responsible for making accommodation decisions.
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EMPLOYMENT DATA

Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for May 2013
Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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EMPLOYMENT TRAINING

"Achieving High Expectations from the Beginning – An Employment First Framework that Engages State Education Systems as a Primary Partner for Reform" Webinar
If you were unable to participate, you can watch entire webinar through the link below.
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LEAD Center webinar "Promoting Employment – Group Discovery: An Alternative Assessment Tool for Workforce Centers and Community-Based Providers"

Archived presentation and materials now available below.
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LEAD Center to Host webinar "Promoting Employment – Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals"
Date: July 31, 2013
Time: 12pm Pacific Time
Learn how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to help them identify personal employment goals. Participants will gain an understanding of Discovery, how to use Discovery components individually or in preparation for Group Discovery, and potential outcomes. This webinar is intended for individuals with disabilities, workforce development professionals, and related stakeholders.
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POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION

The Importance of Collaborating on Concurrent Work and Education Experiences: Kentucky Experiences
Kathy Sheppard-Jones, Victoria Reilly and Melissa Jones
This brief describes how Kentucky postsecondary programs are working with vocational rehabilitation (VR) to provide employment opportunities to students with ID who are participating in postsecondary programs.
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Profiles and Promising Practices in Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disability

While national data derived from surveys or broad-scale evaluation efforts offer a "big picture" of what higher education is offering to students with ID, it can be difficult to get a sense of what is really happening on the ground. To address this issue, Think College staff visited five PSE programs, including California’s Taft College to bring additional detail and nuance to what we know about PSE programs serving students with ID.
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PUBLIC POLICY

Disabled Workers Paid Just Pennies an Hour – and It’s Legal
Anna Schecter, Producer, NBC News
Goodwill, one of the nation's best-known charities is paying disabled workers as little as 22 cents an hour, thanks to a 75-year-old legal loophole that critics say needs to be closed. Meanwhile their CEOs are some of the highest paid in the nation.
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In Landmark Decision, U.S. Justice Department Finds City of Providence, RI, in Violation of ADA for Segregated Services

On June 7, a groundbreaking settlement agreement was reached between the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the State of Rhode Island, and the City of Providence, which will significantly improve transition services and meaningful employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The DOJ found Rhode Island and Providence to be in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which prohibits state and local governments from segregating people with disabilities based on their disabilities. DOJ found that approximately 200 students and jobseekers with disabilities were segregated in sheltered workshops at Training Thru Placement (TTP) and the Harold A. Birch Vocational Program at Mount Pleasant High School (Birch). In both instances, students and jobseekers with disabilities were placed in segregated environments receiving subminimum wages. With the new agreement, the State of Rhode Island will provide integrated transition services at Birch such as work-based learning, job shadowing, soft skill and job skill development, and internships to prepare students for the world of work. All people receiving services from TTP will be aided in finding and maintaining gainful integrated employment with real wages.
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YOUTH

The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council Launches New Blog
The Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council (PYC) has launched a new blog that is a youth-written chronicle of the Campaign’s activities, recent political activities, and stories of youth doing great things in their communities. PYC is a bipartisan, youth-led initiative created by young people from all across the country who want to create a stronger voice for youth in the federal government. PYC will comprise young Americans ages 16 to 24 who will advise the President and Congress on the perspectives of young people, the design and implementation of youth policies, and allow young people to provide consensus solutions on the most pressing issues facing the future of our country.
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