August 21, 2013 | Issue 66

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.


"What's All the Fuss About Data? Effective Strategies for Linking, Sharing, and Utilizing Data in an Employment First State"
Date: September 11, 2013
Time: 12-1:30pmPT

The next Employment First CoP Webinar will be held on September 11, 2013, from 12-1:30pm Pacific Time. Guest presenters are Jane Boone and Linda Rolfe. As a reminder, Employment CoP Webinars are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 3-4:30pmET (12-1:30pmPT).

Webinar location here.
Register for the CoP mailing list to receive future notices and announcements here.


Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion
Published by the US Business Leadership Network and US Chamber of Commerce, businesses shared their successful disability inclusion strategies. This publication highlights these strategies, which businesses of all sizes can use to create a more inclusive workplace, marketplace, and supply chain. Real-life examples, such as these, are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success. An assessment is also included as a tool to initiate or enhance your company’s disability-friendly corporate practices.
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Employment Research and Knowledge Translation Strategies Databases
The NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Employment Research (KTER) recently debuted two new knowledge translation (KT) databases. The Employment Research Database features articles addressing interventions that lead to successful employment outcomes. The KT Strategies Database associates a variety of KT strategies and tools with research evidence. The KT Strategies Database is operated jointly with the NIDRR-funded Center on Knowledge Translation for Disability and Rehabilitation Research (KTDRR).
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With Training, Most With Autism Land Jobs
When offered intensive, specialized training, a new study finds that young people with autism — even those individuals with challenging behaviors — can be highly successful on the job.
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Profiles of Americans with Disabilities from the U.S. Census

The number of janitors and building cleaners with a disability - the most common occupation for people with disabilities. Among occupations with 100,000 or more people, dishwashers had the highest disability rate, with 14.3 percent.

Median earnings in the past 12 months for people with a disability. This compares with $30,285 for those without a disability.

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New Report by Partnerships in Employment
This report summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disabilities between 2004 and 2011, based on data from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911 (RSA-911) dataset, and the National Core Indicators (NCI). Outcomes reported include educational attainment, employment status and setting, earnings, and hours worked. Data are provided on the eight individual states participating in the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities-funded Partnerships in Employment project: Alaska, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, as well as national data.
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Student Story, Courtney Vinson, a graduate of Pathway at UCLA Extension
While in junior high school, Courtney was told to reach for the stars in life! Yet, in high school she was told she had ‘limited options.’ In this article, Courtney reflects on her acceptance to Pathway, memorable college experiences, current working life and future dreams.
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