September 11, 2013 | Issue 69

AB 1041 (Chesbro) Developmental Services:  Employment First Policy Leaves State Legislature 
Current status: Senate amendments are being incorporated into the bill to be prepared and delivered to the Governor.  Passage of this bill will (a) establish an Employment First Policy for the state; (b) require regional center’s to inform consumers 16 years and older about the Employment First Policy, options for integrated competitive employment, and services and supports, including postsecondary education, that are available to enable the consumer to transition from school to work, and to achieve the outcomes of obtaining and maintaining integrated competitive employment; (c) require the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) to create an informational brochure that will be translated in multiple languages about the policy; and, (d) require SCDD’s Employment First Committee to identify existing sources for data and employment and recommend measurement goals for employment participation.
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CALL FOR PAPERS for 29th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference 
The Center on Disabilities at California State University, Northridge is pleased to announce that the Call for Papers for the 29th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is now open until Friday, October 11, 2013. The 2014 CSUN Conference will be held March 17-22 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego, California.
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33rd Annual CARS+ Convention:  "Connections That Count"
Dates:  February 28 - March 1, 2013
Location:  Hyatt Regency, Irvine, CA
The California Association of Resource Specialists (CARS+) announces their Annual Conference.  CECY members Linda O'Neal and Richard Rosenberg are featured speakers at this event.
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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.


Bureau of Labor Statistics Releases Youth Employment Rate Numbers for August 2013
Employment data for youth with and without disabilities is obtained from the Current Population Survey (CPS), a monthly survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Read the August 2013 youth employment statistics below.
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Speaker and Plenary Information for "Inclusive Higher Education: Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes" Conference
Dates:  November 16-17, 2013
Location:  Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel

Speakers and plenaries have been announced for this upcoming conference presented by Think College, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), and the UCLA Tarjan Center.  The Saturday (Nov. 16) opening plenary will feature Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the U.S. Department of Education.  A closing plenary session, "What the Future Holds for Inclusive Education will be facilitated by Dr. Olivia Raynor, Director of the UCLA Tarjan Center, with panelists Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Madeline Will, Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination, and Andy Imparato, Executive Director, AUCD. Sunday (Nov. 17) will include a half-day workshop session focused on mobile apps and devices, universal design, and innovative student supports. AUCD's Conference "Promoting Inclusion in an Increasingly Diverse World" will follow on November 18-20, 2013.
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"A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood" Webinar
Date:  October 30, 2013
Time:  12-1:30pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of a paper written by AUCD members who seek to engage in conversations about improving interdisciplinary and interagency collaboration in supporting self-determined transition of youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities to adulthood and to community life. Perspectives addressed during the webinar include health, postsecondary education, community living, cultural contexts, and interagency collaboration.
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Information Sharing from the California Community of Practice on Secondary Transition:  Employment and Disability Forum
September 23-24, 2013; The Boathouse at Bridgeway Lakes, Sacramento, CA
September 26-27, 2013; Pardini's, Fresno, CA

The special training event featuring Richard Pimental and Denise Bissonnette, two of the most celebrated authors and recognized trainers in the field, promises to be both highly informative and deeply inspiring for those charged with assisting people with disabilities to find their place in the work world and engaging employers in the process of recruiting, hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.  Space is limited.
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Best Kept Secret, New Documentary about Transition on PBS
A documentary following a special-education teacher as she prepares her students with autism to leave high school and enter adult life is set for its national television debut.
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