July 18, 2013 | Issue 61

SAVE THE DATE:  Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes
Dates: November 16-17, 2013
Location: Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Wasington D.C.
Conference sponsored by Think College in collaboration with the Association for University Centers on Disability and the Tarjan Center at UCLA. More information in mid-August.

SAVE THE DATE:  Building a Bridge to the Future
Dates: December 2-4, 2013
Location: Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, CA

Join the CA Transition Alliance & the Secondary Transition Community of Practice at "Build a Bridge to the Future," a statewide institute to improve transition for youth with disabilities. Conference themes include: transition to postsecondary education; transition to employment; the parent role in transition; connecting to community support for transition; youth self-advocacy & leadership, and the role of schools, agencies, and Workability 1. CECY will co-sponsor and present a series of presentations at this important event. Online registration will be available in late July 2013.  More information to follow.



OSEP Finds California Department of Education Meets the Requirements of Part B of the IDEA for FFY 2011; Needs Intervention 3 Years Consecutively for Part C
OSEP recently released its annual determination regarding the California Department of Education's compliance on meeting the requirements of IDEA for Federal Fiscal Year 2011 for Part C (birth to 2 years) and Part B (ages 3 through 21). States are required to submit data and measurable goals on improving results for children.

CA State Performance Plan and Annual Performance Report Letters (Part B | Part C)


July Trends in Disability Employment Update Released
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics released its July Trends in Disability Employment (TIDE) National Update this week. The update analyzes the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics data and discusses the trend in labor force participation for people with disabilities in the United States. Current and previous TIDE updates are archived on the project's website.
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Department of Developmental Services Annual Report on Employment And Day Services 2010-2011
The California Department of Developmental Services has released its Annual Report for Employment and Day Programs, 2010-2011.  The report shows that the vast majority of individuals with ID/DD are served in day programs and non-work activities (86%) versus employment services (14%), with only 6% receiving individual supported employment services.
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“Reporting What Matters – Strategies for Seamless Data Collection, Enhanced Performance Measurement, and Outcomes-Based Incentivizing across State Systems” Webinar Series 
Archived July 10, 2013 Webinar
Part 1 of 3-Part Series

Part 1 of ODEP's Employment First Leadership State Mentoring Program (EFLSMP) Community of Practice (CoP) 3-part webinar series examing best approaches to achieve common outcomes and measures across state systems is now available online.  Part I: "Playing in the Same Sandbox and Building the Ultimate Sand Castle - How to Achieve a Common Outcome through Shared Planning, Objective Setting, and Accountability Measures across State Systems."
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Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Development Disabilities in Eight States, 2004-2011
This new research report prepared by Institute for Community Inclusion staff associated with the StateData.info and Partnerships in Employment Transition Systems Change provides your state agency leaders with an in-depth understanding of the patterns of employment of youth for the past several years. It is also a tool for communicating the transition and employment message with other important stakeholders such as: youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family members and legislators.
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Tennessee's Employment First Executive Order
Govenor Bill Haslam of the State of Tennessee recently signed an order establishing the Tenneesee Employment First Initiative to expand community employment opportunities for Tennesseans with disabilities. Congratulations to our Tennessee Partnerships in Employment Colleagues and all of those in the state who have been diligently advocating for an Employment First Executive Order!
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Partnerships in Employment (PIE) Systems Annual Project Directors Meeting
The eight Partnerships in Employment Systems Change States’ Project Directors and their state partners met July 11-12 in Alexandria, Virginia. CECY participants were Brian Winfield (Department of Developmental Services); Andy Mudryk (Disability Rights California); Mark Polit (State DD Council); Mike Clark (Consultant, Tarjan Center at UCLA); and Olivia Raynor (Project Director and PI, Tarjan Center at UCLA). Meeting attendees included our fellow state partners from Alaska, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee and Wisconsin; Jamie Kennedy (Administration on Community Living); and Larissa Crossen & LaDeva Harris (Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). The 1 1/2 day meeting consisted of in-depth presentations including "System Level Collaboration: All that it takes..." and "A School to Work Partnership that Works" by Richard Wilson and Ray Jensen, King County Development Disabilities Division, Washington State: Jobs at 21; "Highlights of State Blueprint" by Meghan E. Wills, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and "Federal Partners; Collaboration at the Federal Level" by Sharon Lewis, AIDD; Ralph Lollar, CM; Kathy Martinez, ODEP; and Sue Swenson, OSERS.

"System Level Collaboration: All that it takes" presentation here.
"A School to Work Partnership that Works" presentation here.
"Highlights of State Blueprint" related information here.

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