January 8, 2014 | Issue 78

CECY Member Joins the San Diego Workforce Investment Board
Stormy Miller, Adult Day Program/Habilitation Coordinator at the San Diego Regional Center and CECY Member, has joined the San Diego Workforce Investment Board. The investment board provides recommendations and oversight for funding and policy development for workforce development. Congratulations to Stormy in this position that will further enable her to educate the community about the hiring of individuals with developmental disabilities!
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Call for Proposals:  2014 Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) Conference
Deadline:  January 15, 2014
APSE's 25th annual conference will be held in Long Beach, CA, on July 1-3, 2014, with a pre-conference day on June 30. Conference presentations are being sought that are innovative and expand state-of-the-art practices to advance our field. The APSE conference focuses exclusively on integrated employment of individuals with disabilities. It is the premier event for sharing knowledge, expertise, and ideas on the latest and best innovations to make employment a reality for all.
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2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools together disability statistics published by various federal agencies in one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. You can download compendium as a full report.
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Hundreds of Thousands View Student with Down Syndrome Reading Acceptance Letter from Clemson University
A video of a Dorman High School student with Down syndrome getting his acceptance letter into Clemson has gone viral. "It feels amazing, it filled my heart with joy," the student said about getting accepted into the school.
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Invitation to Join Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with Disabilities 
Application deadline:  February 28, 2014
This is an invitation for California high school juniors and seniors who have different types of disabilities to apply to the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF).  Student delegate applications are now available for the 2014 YLF, to be held July 21-25, 2014 in Sacramento, CA.  YLF is an annual 5-day leadership program that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence, and assistive technology. Students have the opportunity to live on a college campus and join more than 1,200 alumni from across the state who have been a part of this unique program created specifically for young leaders with disabilities. Students who attend YLF make new, life-long friendships and resource connections to help them reach their personal, academic, and career goals. *This program is provided to accepted students with disabilities at no cost to them.*
YLF flyer here.
YLF video here.
More information, application documents, and instructions here.

Forget Gen Y — There’s a New Generation Arriving at Work
This is an interesting commentary on generational shifts in youth and employment. There are significant differences between Gen Y , Gen Z, and what their differences mean for the workplace, expectations of employers, needed skills, and leadership.
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