October 24, 2013 | Issue 74

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.  Check out this slide show by the U.S. Department of Labor that shows the 31 things you can do!
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Link(ed) In! with CCEPD
Join the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) group on LinkedIn! to stay updated on committee activities, public meetings, stakeholder input opportunities, job openings, and statewide disability employment efforts.
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A Movement United:  2013 TASH Conference
When:  December 11-13, 2013
Location:  Hilton Chicago; Chicago, Illinois

Each year, the TASH Conference is the one place where stakeholders from every aspect of the disability community come together to learn, share, and grow in a collective effort to advance inclusion and human rights for people with significant disabilities. Some of the presentation topics for this year's conference are: inclusive education best practices; changing school climate and ending restraint and seclusion use; transition to jobs; postsecondary education; customized employment and customized self employment; state-level systems change to advance Employment First; and authentic person-centered planning and supports.
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Workforce Challenge in California
Keeping California competitive in the 21st century is a challenge not faced by previous generations, especially when it comes to the workforce needed by businesses.
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McDonald's, Kaiser Permanente Have Highest Number of Job Openings in L.A.
In Los Angeles, McDonald's currently has about 1,600 jobs open in the city, while Kaiser Permanente has about 1,500 positions available. 24 Hour Fitness (1,200), USC (900), and Citigroup (775) round out the top five.
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The Numbers Behind the Job Numbers
This video news report discusses at how Janet Yellen, President Obama's pick to lead the Federal Reserve, may interpret the latest jobs report and what those numbers say about how the economy is really doing.
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Job Picture Improves for People with Disabilities
More Americans with disabilities found jobs last month, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday in a report that was held up for weeks due to the government shutdown. For the second month in a row, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities fell in September to 13.1%. That’s down from 14.1% the month prior.
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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

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.


New Poverty Measure in California Finds 2 Million Additional Poor
Researchers updated the federal tool for measuring poverty and found more Californians can't afford a basic standard of living. More than 2.2 million people in California live in poverty but are not included in the official federal count of poverty estimates. That’s one of several findings in an October report by the Public Policy Institute of California, a nonpartisan think tank based in San Francisco. The institute’s researchers updated and modified the official federal poverty measure in an effort to better reflect the number of Californians in poverty.
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Free Training for Families: Transition Planning for Students with ASD
Dates:  November 2, 2013; January 11, 2014; and February 1, 2014
Location:  Worthington Elementary School; Inglewood, CA

Jay Nolan Community Services wants to help you learn to plan for your student to successfully transition to adulthood. Following the training is 6-8 months of ongoing assistance with a planning facilitator. This training is free to families with a focus on: student expectations for the future; families expectations for the future; self determination; and vocational planning and decisionmaking.
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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!

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

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