August 14, 2013 | Issue 65

National Disability Institute Holds "My American Dream" Contest
Entry deadline:  September 10, 2013
The National Disability Institute has announced its third annual "My American Dream – Voices of Americans with Disabilities" Video Contest. The challenge is to create a three-minute video that shows the steps the contestant is taking towards their American dream. The grand prize includes $1,000, a digital tablet, and access to a mentor to help fulfill the dream. The deadline for entries is September 10, 2013. More about the NDI Contest at link below.
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Empowering Leadership Handbook for Student Activists
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network introduces Empowering Leadership: A Systems Change Guide for Autistic Students and Those With Other Disabilities, which includes three essays by our very own Tarjan Center at UCLA Graduate Student Intern and CECY YAC (Youth Advisory Committee) member Steven Kapp. This handbook is designed to be a resource for equipping the next generation of leaders in the disability rights movement.  It is a guide to help college students with disabilities build a strong community of disability activists in their school, practice effective self-advocacy, and ensure that the legacy of disability advocacy continues long after they have graduated. 
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Archived LEAD Center Webinar on Using Discovery to Identify Employment Goals Now Available
A recorded archive of the LEAD Center webinar "Promoting Employment – Discovering Your Potential: Using Discovery to Identify Your Employment Goals" is now available. The July 31, 2013, webinar provides information on how to use Discovery – an alternative assessment tool proven to identify the strengths of job seekers with and without disabilities – to discover personal employment goals. The webinar and presentation materials are at the LEAD website (link below).
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CALL FOR PRESENTERS for "A Bridge to Success," California Institute on Secondary Education
Submission Deadline:  September 20, 2013
Conference Dates:  December 2-4, 2013
Location:  Town & Country Hotel, San Diego, CA 
The California Institute on Secondary Transition invites proposals from the full range of professionals who serve individuals with disabilities, including classroom teachers, diagnosticians, researchers, teacher trainers, consultants, parents, agency partners, etc., in the following areas:  Transition to Postsecondary Education; Self Advocacy; Parent Role in Transition; Connecting to Community Support; and Transition to Employment. This institute 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.  A Presenter Application is at link below.
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Online registration and hotel reservations for the Institute are open:
Event flyer here.
Hotel reservations flyer here.


Postsecondary Education as a Pathway to Employment
An archived webinar from the Partnerships in Employment T.A. Center's Debra Hart, Director of Education and Transition, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, and Director of Think College is now available.  "Higher Education as a Pathway to Employment," originally presented August 7, 2013, provides an overview of the employment outcomes that are being generated from post-secondary programs for people with intellectual disabilities and the importance of including the expansion of post-secondary options in your systems change efforts.
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