October 9, 2013 | Issue 72

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is now on Facebook 
"Like" CCEPD and stay updated on committee activities, public meetings, stakeholder input opportunities, and statewide disability employment efforts.
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National Disability Employment Awareness Month 
Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2013 is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."
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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 through January 31, 2014. A Proposal Application is at the link below.
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Employment First and Systems Change Policies Webinar 
Archived webinar of the October 2, 2013, teleconference by Partnerships in Employment (PIE, the technical assistance provider for CECY). Learn about Employment First around the country from David Hoff, APSE President and ICI Staff, and a comparison of existing Employment First initiatives from Jean Winsor, Partnerships TA project staff. In addition, Becky Harker and Amy Desenberg-Wines from the Iowa Partnerships project talk about the exciting and multi-faceted initiatives taking place in that state related to youth and adult employment.
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"Inclusive Higher Education:  Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes" Conference
Dates:  November 16-17, 2013
Location:  Renaissance Hotel, Washington DC

This event will feature both general and concurrent sessions on topics such as Current Strategies, Lessons Learned, Policy and Legislation, Funding, and more. Come, learn, share, and stay to network with colleagues from across the country at the Inclusive Higher Education Reception.  This event is in conjunction with AUCD 2013.  Register by October 18, 2013, for a chance to win a free registration!  Registration deadline is November 1, 2013.

Register here.
Conference agenda here.


Evidence Lacking On Transition Programs
A federal report from the National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences found that far too little is known about the effectiveness of various types of transition programs and their approaches in preparing students with disabilities for adulthood.

Article here.
Federal report here (not available during federal shutdown).

"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!

Event schedule here.
Event flyer here.
Hotel reservations flyer here.

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