August 28, 2013 | Issue 67

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Advancing Cognitive Technologies State of the Science Conference
Conference Date:  October 1, 2013
Location:  University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Assistive Technology Partners announces their upcoming State-of-the-Sciences conference for Advancing Cognitive Technologies.  The conference will focus on the status of the field of applied cognitive technologies for children and adults with developmental disabilities, early onset dementias, and traumatic brain injury.  Seats are limited.  An evening reception will take place on September 30th.  More information and the registration link are 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.



Support through Mentorship:  Accessible Supervision of Employees with Intellectual and Development Disabilities
More businesses are seeing the value of diversifying their workforce, which includes hiring people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (ID/DD).  This emphasis on inclusion means that supervisors need effective and accessible strategies for supporting their workers with ID/DD.  See the Institute for Community Inclusion's new brief (Institute Brief 29) for tips and strategies for effectively supervising individuals with ID/DD at the link below.
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"Hire Someone Today"
Taft College's Transition to Independent Living (TIL) program has produced "Hire Someone Today," a video that speaks employer-to-employer about the value and experience of working with employees with developmental disabilities.  This video was created with support from CECY
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NCWD/Youth Releases "Youth in Action! Tip Sheets for Young People 
There are a variety of actions that youth can take to promote their personal growth and develop personal and leadership skills needed in today's workplace. In conjunction with the Office of Disability Employment Policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD)/Youth have developed a series of Youth in Action! Tip Sheets identifying some activities that can help youth learn and think about important transition issues including: Becoming a Stronger Self-Advocate; Leading Your Transition Planning; Learning Disability History; Getting Involved in Volunteering; Serving on Decision-Making Boards; and Participating in Internships and Work-Based Experiences. While these tip sheets are designed for youth, they are helpful tools for family members, educators, and youth service professionals to use in discussions with youth. See a list of all the Youth in Action! Tip Sheets on NCWD/Youth's Youth Development webpage under PUBLICATIONS at the link below.
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