October 3, 2013 | Issue 71

Meet the Biz, Workshops for the Entertainment Professional Produced by Actors with Autism
Interested in a career in film and television? Meet the Biz is a year-long series of workshops led by writers, actors, producers, directors, radio hosts, and singers that are well- known accomplished professionals with and without disabilities. Each class explores different areas of acting, including but not limited to: scene study, monologues, improv, connection, cold reading, and learning from the pros. Beginning October 2013 and running through October 2014, workshops will take place on either Thursday evenings or Sunday afternoons. SPACE IS LIMITED.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS for 31st Annual Cal-TASH Conference and Membership Meeting
Submission Deadline: November 17, 2013
Conference Dates: March 7-8, 2014
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront, Burlingame, CA

The Cal-TASH organization supports practices that promote TASH's resolution that all people, regardless of their label or perceived level of disability, should have the supports they need to direct the course of their own lives, and to live and participate successfully in inclusive schools and communities. Proposals accepted will demonstrate innovation, collaboration, pioneering and trailblazing, energy, and research-based practices that assist individuals with disabilities and their families with inclusive lives. Team presentations are encouraged wherever possible, including individuals with disabilities, family members, and professionals. Conference early registration is September 25, 2013 -January 31, 2014. A Proposal Application is at the link below.
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Quandary of Hidden Disabilities: Conceal or Reveal?
Recommended article from Steven Kapp, CECY Graduate Student/Youth Intern: “There is a piece in the New York Times on disclosure and discrimination issues people with invisible disabilities experience in employment. ID is not specifically mentioned and within the autism spectrum only Asperger's is mentioned, but I think the article is worth consideration for its interesting anecdotes and perspectives on an important topic.”
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Harkin Unveils Report on the ‘ADA Generation,’ Offers Bold Steps to Improve Employment of Young People with Disabilities and Fully Realize the ADA’s Promise of Equality U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, recently released a report on the ‘ADA Generation’—the young men and women who have come of age since the Americans With Disabilities Act was enacted—that offers bold steps to improve the employment of these young Americans as they seek competitive employment. Chairman Harkin’s report identifies four key areas of opportunity to improve support for members of the ADA generation as they seek competitive employment: (1) Increasing support for high school students as they plan for their transition into the workforce; (2) Improving the transition of the ADA generation as they enter postsecondary education and the labor market; (3) Changing the assumptions in disability benefit programs that discourage young people with disabilities from working; and (4) Leveraging employer demand, correcting misconceptions about employing people with disabilities, building strong pipelines from school to the competitive workforce, and establishing supportive workplaces. The Press Release below includes link to full report.
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Gov. Brown Signs Bill to Raise Minimum Wage to $10 an Hour by 2016
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that will raise California's minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016, a move celebrated by workers but criticized by many businesses. The wage hike will go into effect in two phases: The current minimum of $8 an hour will be lifted to $9 on July 1, 2014, and then to $10 on Jan. 1, 2016.
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Results of August Employment Data for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) released its September Trends in Disability Employment - National Monthly Update (TIDE). This month's TIDE explores employment trends during August and compares them to last year's data on people with disabilities in the workforce.
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California’s Non-Farm Payroll Jobs Increased by 29,100; Unemployment increased to 8.9%
California Employment Figures from the Employment Development Department have been released. California’s nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 29,100 during the month for a total gain of 826,500 jobs since the recovery began in February 2010, according to EDD data. California’s unemployment rate increased to 8.9 percent in August, while the U.S. unemployment rate decreased to 7.3 percent.
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Think College's Personal Stories from College Students with Intellectual Disabilities
Think College publishes personal stories from students, families, and postsecondary education professionals related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. Share what going to college has meant. What has been learned? What kinds of experiences have there been? What has been challenging? What has been surprising? Think College would love to share your stories.
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Colleges Offering Options for Students with Autism
Some students with autism are finding success in college programs designed specifically for their needs. However, these programs can come with a cost, above and beyond the legally-mandated accommodations and services provided by university disability services offices. Read more about these programs below.
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The Rights of People with Cognitive Disabilities to Technology and Information Access
People with cognitive disabilities have an equal right to technology and information access. A coalition of disability organizations and individuals asserted this right in a formal declaration, announced at the Thirteenth Annual Coleman Institute National Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology, held October 2, 2013, in Broomfield, Colorado. You may review and choose whether to sign on to the petition as an individual or organization.
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Training to Help Families Learn to Plan for Successful Transition for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Dates: October 5, 2013; November 2, 2013; January 11, 2014
Location: Worthington Elementary School Auditorium, Inglewood, CA

Jay Nolan Community Services wants to help you to learn to plan for your student to successfully transition to adulthood. This training will focus on student and family expectations for the future, self determination, and vocational planning and decision-making. Learn, among other things, how to develop a Person Centered Plan for your student focusing on education and employment after graduation.
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"A Collaborative Interagency, Interdisciplinary Approach to Transition from Adolescence to Adulthood" Webinar
Date/Time: October 30, 2013; 9:30-10:30amPT
Presenters: Anthony Antosh PhD, Tawara Goode MA, Olivia Raynor PhD, and Ilka Riddle PhD

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. As youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities leave school, they will face an array of decisions about transition including school to work or postsecondary education, family home to community living, and pediatric to adult health care. These youth should have choices in self-determined transitions with coordinated support from family, community, professionals, and agencies. However, youth and their families often experience very little choice, control, or collaboration from the myriad of systems to which they look for transition services and supports.

Register for webinar here.
Full report here.

"A Bridge to Success," California Institute on Secondary Education
Dates: December 2-4, 2013
Location: Town & Country Hotel, San Diego, CA
Join the California Transition Alliance, the Secondary Transition Community of Practice, and CECY at this statewide institute to improve transition for youth with disabilities. Keynote speakers include Michael Yudin, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS); Mary Morningstar, Transition Coalition; and Paula Kohler, National Secondary Transition Technical Assistance Center. This event will include 50 breakout sessions that include presentations by CECY, Postsecondary Education, San Diego State University, Department of Rehabilitation, the National Postschool Outcomes Center, the National Community of Practice, business, and transition practitioners from K-12 education. Youth will participate as vendors, presenters, and performers.
CE and CRC units are available. Response to this event has been overwhelming, so make your reservations soon if you'd like to attend!

NEW: Event schedule here.
Event flyer here.
Hotel reservations flyer here.

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