October 16, 2013 | Issue 73

New Laws Give More Choice to People with Developmental Disabilities
NPR report on recent legislative victories for people with developmental disabilities in California providing better access to services. The report features interviews with a parent and Disability Rights California.
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ASAN is Hiring Self-Advocates!
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN) is proud to launch a new project: the Pacific Alliance on Disability Self-Advocacy. Through this project, ASAN will help self-advocacy groups in California, Montana, Oregon, and Washington gain more skills to lead their groups. It was started because self-advocates told AIDD that they needed more opportunities to build skills. ASAN needs to find state coordinators who will work on the ground in each state to help the project. ASAN is hiring one state coordinator per state, but will hire two coordinators in California due to its size. State coordinators will recruit partners; bring partners to talk together; support partners in creating a state plan for making self advocacy stronger; and help state teams participate in online trainings and an annual leadership academy.  The Pacific Alliance is funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).
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California Awarded Promoting the Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE) GRANT
The California Department of Rehabilitation was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education a five-year, $50 million grant to serve as the lead coordinator for the PROMISE grant. This initiative to improve coordination of services for families of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients’ aged 14 to 16 began October 1. The goal of the PROMISE grant is to reduce long-term reliance on SSI. Services to be provided are designed to improve the following outcomes: graduating from high school ready for college and career; completing postsecondary education and job training; and obtaining competitive employment in an integrated setting.
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Cal-TASH Conference and Membership Meeting
Submission Deadline: November 17, 2013
Event 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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College and Career Readiness and Transition Resources 
The College and Career Readiness and Success Center (CCRS Center) assists states to better inform, align, and support efforts to ensure all students are college and career ready. The CCRS Center has recently released the following resources and briefs. To access these briefs, click on the links below. Please visit the CCRS Center Products and Resources for additional helpful resources to assist in preparing all students to be college and career ready. 

  • Improving College and Career Readiness for Students with Disabilities here.
  • Improving College and Career Readiness by Incorporating Social and Emotional Learning here.
  • The Distinct Role in Supporting College and Career Readiness for Students here.
  • How Career and Technical Education Can Help Students be College and Career Ready: A Primer College and Career Readiness and Success: Inventory of Policies, Programs, and Initiatives here.

Pathways to Employment Transition Fair in Sacramento 
Event Date/Time:  October 30, 2013; 1-6pm
Location:  UC Davis MIND Institute Auditorium, Sacramento, CA

A Pathways to Employment transition fair will be hosted at the UC Davis MIND institute. Presented by Think College Sacramento and the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Pathways to Employment will focus on various approaches to employment and college opportunities. They will have speakers discussing college options from Taft College's TIL program, College to Career, and William Jessup University. There will be presentations about work options from the Department of Rehabilitation, Alta California Regional Center, and Progressive Employment Concepts. Lending Works will give a presentation about no interest loans and supports available for people to start their own business. Presentations will also be given by people with disabilities and their families about their own transition experiences.

Event flyer here.


"ADA Live!"
When:  1st Wednesday of every month
Time:  10-10:30amPT

ADA Live! is a free 30-minute monthly radio show broadcast nationally on the Internet. Ask questions and learn about your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Leaders in the field will share their knowledge, experience and successful strategies that increase the participation of persons with disabilities in communities and businesses. Listeners can ask questions or make comments before or after each episode. Real time captioning is available. Recordings of past episodes from ADA Live!, including a transcript, resources and more, are available anytime.
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Customized Employment Tactics: Increasing Employment Opportunities by Job Developing Up the Supply Chain
Blog post by Cary Griffin describing customized employment and its approach to securing employment for people with disabilities that begins with the persons strengths, needs and interests of the person with a disability, while meeting the specific needs of the employer.
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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

Register by October 18, 2013, for a chance to win a free registration.
Registration deadline:  November 1, 2013
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 Conference. It is coordinated by Think College. the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and the UCLA Tarjan Center.

Register here.
Conference agenda 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!

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

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