December 13, 2013 | Issue 77

Fewer with Disabilities on Job
While the unemployment rate dipped, fewer with disabilities were seeking work, so the actual numbers for people with disabilities employed fell between October and November 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
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New Self-Determination Legislation
SB 468 creates a statewide Self-Determination Program that is a voluntary alternative to the traditional way of providing regional center services. It provides consumers and their families with more control over the services and supports they need. For example, they may purchase existing services from local businesses or services providers, hire support workers, or negotiate unique arrangements with local community resources. Self-determination provides consumers and their families with an individual budget, which they can use to purchase the services and supports they need to implement their Individual Program Plan (IPP).  Below is a link to Disability Rights California's overview about the program.
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New Think College LEARN Module on Universal Design
Think College LEARN provides self-paced modules using multimedia tools such as videos, publications, interactive learning activities, and podcasts to share information on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities. The newest online learning module, Universal Design for Learning, uses video, images, text and online resources to share information on how to make classrooms more accessible to a wider array of college students by applying principles of universal design.
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Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes 
Think College, in partnership with the Association of University Centers on Disabilities and the UCLA Tarjan Center, coordinated the "Moving from Good Ideas to Great Outcomes" conference, which was attended by over 200 professionals, parents and students in November 2013. Plenary sessions, session descriptions, and presentation materials are available for download.
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December Online Dialogue Will Address Cognitive Accessibility of Job-Related Technology
Online Dialogue:  December 9-20, 2013
While numerous accessibility standards exist to ensure that websites and online activities are accessible to people with physical or sensory disabilities, less attention is paid to cognitive accessibility. What can be done to increase the accessibility of web-based job tools used by people with intellectual disabilities, cognitive issues, traumatic brain injuries, or other disabilities that can make using the Internet challenging? An online dialogue taking place December 9-20 will aim to address these issues. Members of the public are invited to participate in the virtual dialogue by sharing their own technology experiences and submitting their ideas, comments, and votes on potential solutions. Coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). This event is co-hosted by the Partnership on Employment and Accessible Technology (PEAT) and the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).
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Build a Bridge to the Future, Transition Institute
The December 2013 Secondary Transition Institute, "Build a Bridge to the Future" was sponsored by the California Department of Education, Department of Rehabilitation, and CECY. Over 1,000 transition-related professionals, families, and self advocates gathered to attend over 50 breakout sessions that focused on improving transition for youth with disabilities. Presentations are available for download.
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Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities
The Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) commissioned a study on health care transition. The purpose of the study was to better understand the relationship between disability (including chronic health conditions); health and wellness; and transition and employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. In addition, it examined the role health care providers play in establishing employment expectations.
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