September 4, 2013 | Issue 68
ANNOUNCEMENTS 

DDS Director Announces Retirement After 35 Years of Serving the State 
Terri Delgadillo, Director of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), has announced her retirement due to undisclosed personal health issues.  Widely respected by legislators from both parties and by many advocates across the State, Delgadillo wrote, "I'm very proud of what we have accomplished," during her tenure as Director of DDS for over 7 years (under two different Administrations).  "I leave with a heavy heart knowing there are still significant challenges ahead for the Department."  Health permitting, she could stay on until the end of the year.
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7% Hiring Goal of Qualified Individuals with Disabilities Announced by U.S. Department of Labor 
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced final rules to improve employment of veterans and people with disabilities.  The Section 503 rule introduces a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7% of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities.  The rule also details specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination — similar to those that have long been required to promote workplace equality for women and minorities.
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EDUCATION

U.S. Secretary of Education Wants to End Test for Disabled Students that California Overused
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is proposing to eliminate an alternative test for students with disabilities, arguing it undercuts their academic potential.  The value of the test has divided the education and disability rights communities, with some advocates agreeing with Duncan and others saying the test accurately captures what students have learned.
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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.

 

EMPLOYMENT

CNBC Video:  "Hiring Americans with Disabilities"
Speaking directly to potential employers, this video interview of the CEOs of the Kessler Foundation and Walgreen Co. highlights Walgreen’s commitment to hiring people with disabilities and benefits to the company.
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Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change

Dates:  September 9-11, 2013
Employers and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in an online Employer Dialogue being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy.  The dialogue will be centered around the main question, "What services do you need to facilitate the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities?"  Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.  To register and participate, see the link below.
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FEDERAL NEWS

Obama Picks and Senate Confirms Blind Activist for U.S. Disabilities Advocacy Post
The new commissioner of the U.S. Rehabilitative Services Administration (RSA) is Janet LaBreck, a blind activist who graduated from the University of Massachusetts and Springfield College.  The RSA oversees grant programs that help individuals diagnosed with a range of physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment and live more independently through the provision of such supports as counseling, medical, and psychological services, job training and other individualized services.  LaBreck was tapped for nomination by President Obama in February, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 1.
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POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION

"Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes" Conference
Dates:  November 16-17, 2013
Location:  Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

Join Think College, in collaboration with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the UCLA Tarjan Center, for this event that will feature Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education and 16 concurrent sessions presented by leading practitioners in the field of inclusive higher education.  Topics include Current Strategies, Lessons Learned, Funding, and more.  Plan to stay for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities Conference "Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World" that follows on November 18-20, 2013.
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SELF-ADVOCACY

Post Summit Webinar: Youth and Self-Advocacy
Date:  September 17, 2013; 1-2pmPT
In 2011 and 2012, self-advocacy summits were held all over the U.S.  These summits gave state teams the chance to set statewide goals on self-advocacy.  Many state teams created goals that talked about getting young people with disabilities involved in self-advocacy activities.  This National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities webinar will assist statewide teams, organizations and individuals in empowering young people with disabilities to become self-advocates.
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TRANSITION

Assisting Students with Disabilities Transitioning from High School
This 5-minute podcast with Revae Moran, Acting Director in the U.S. Government Accountability Office's Education, Workforce and Income Security group, discusses some of the challenges faced by students transitioning to postsecondary education and employment.  It reviews needed supports that are provided by federal agencies and some of the challenges students face accessing needs.  Moran also describes ways in which federal agencies can improve their coordination and the need for them to identify shared outcomes.
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