July 24, 2013 | Issue 62
ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, ADA!
Americans with Disabilities Act Celebrates 23 Years
July 26, 2013
An Anniversary Tool Kit to share to honor this landmark civil rights legislation is now available.
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SAVE THE DATES - CALIFORNIA COMMITTEE ON EMPLOYMENT OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES MEETINGS: Increasing Employer Demand Workgroup Meeting
Date/Time: August 22, 2013; 9am-4pm (exact time TBD)
Building The Pipeline Workgroup Meeting
Date/Time: August 23, 2013; 9am-4pm (exact time TBD)
Location: Center for Collaborative Policy, Sacramento, CA
Information will be posted by mid-August at the link below.

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COMMUNICATION

Guidelines: How to Write and Report About People with Disabilities
Our very own Dr. Olivia Raynor provided feedback and recommendations for this 8th Edition from the Research and Training Center on Independent Living, which offers suggestions for portraying people with disabilities in a positive way. The brochure and its companion poster, "Your Words, Our Image" are now available.
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PUBLIC POLICY & LEGISLATION

Updated Disability Law Handbook Available for Free Download
Looking for specific information on the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability related laws? An updated version of the ADA National Network Disability Law Handbook is now available for free download. Published by the Southwest ADA Center, on behalf of The National Network of ADA Centers, this 110-page handbook is written in a practical FAQ (frequently asked questions) format. It provides answers to common questions about the ADA, the ADA Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, Social Security, the Air Carrier Access Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act, and the Fair Housing Act Amendments.
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“Senate Bill 468 - Self Determinaton: Providing More Choice and Control for Regional Center Consumers” Webinar
Date/Time: August 5, 2013; 10-11am
SB 468 creates a voluntary statewide self-determination program that allows individuals with developmental disabilities, with the support of family, friends, and professionals, to control the services, supports and resources they need. Participants will learn about the 15-year pilot project on which the legislation is based; principles of self-determination and person-centered planning; how the self-determination program will work; training parents and consumers will receive, and special outreach to traditional minority communities. This training is primarily for parents and youth and adults with developmental disabilities, and is presented by the USC University Center for Excellence in Development Disabilities at Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
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Sen. Menendez Unveils Bill to Focus National Attention and Resources on Young Adults "Aging Out' of Autism Services
In an effort to expand the nation’s understanding of – and services for – young adults and their families living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), U.S. Senator Robert Menendez recently unveiled legislation that would provide federal funding to research and evaluate services currently available for young people “aging out” of existing education and support systems, develop a national strategic action plan, and provide training grants to put the plan into action in helping transitioning youth to lead productive, independent lives.
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TRANSITION

Cal-TASH 2013 Summer Symposium: "Lessons of Inclusion in School and in the Community through Sharing of Personal Journeys"
Dates: July 25-26, 2013
Location: Santa Barbara County Education Office, Santa Barbara, CA
Come hear self-advocates, transition age students, parents, teachers, service providers and community support staff as they share personal experiences, tools and strategies they have used to help support inclusion in schools, work, community living and recreation. Topics covered include strategies for making the general education curriculum for all students; social/recreational success in schools; making transition from school to community participation work; and employment and community living strategies for success.
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2013 Secondary Transition Institue: Building a Bridge to the Future
Dates: December 2-4, 2013
Location: Town and Country Hotel, San Diego, CA
This will be an excellent professional development opportunity for youth, parents, teachers, administrators, and adult service providers. Themes include: transition to postsecondary education; transition to employment; the parent role in transition; connecting to community support for transition, and more. It is sponsored by the CA Community of Practice and CA Transition Alliance in collaboration with San Diego State University, California Department of Education, WorkAbility I, CA Department of Rehabilitation, and CECY. Online registration and hotel reservations are now open.

Event flyer here.
Hotel reservations flyer here.




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