January 15, 2014 | Issue 79

Assistive Technology Institute (ATI) Conference
When:  Saturday, February 1, 2014; 8am - 4pm
Location:  Orange County Department of Education, Costa Mesa, CA
The Assistive Technology Institute (ATI) conference provides an opportunity to learn about assistive technology and interact with professionals and vendors in this specialized field. Scholarships are available. To inquire, please contact atec@ocgoodwill.org or 714-361-6200. ext. 226.
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New Data Note Examines Youth Employment Rates
Engaging in employment at a young age is critical for workforce participation later in adulthood. This Data Note compares the employment rates of youth ages 16-21 who have cognitive disabilities with the employment rates of their peers without disabilities. The average state level employment rates of youth with cognitive disabilities ranged from 20% (California and New York) to 38% (Kansas).
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Restaurant Owner with Down Syndrome “Serves Breakfast, Lunch and Hugs"
Tim Harris, 27, is the owner of a restaurant in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended Eastern New Mexico University. Tim earned certificates in Food Service and in Office Skills and worked at a variety of local restaurants including CiCi’s Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP, and Peppers Bar and Grill. After college, he worked at Applebee's Restaurant.
Read more about Tim's background here.
See video here.

Real People, Real Jobs: Stories from the Front Line
This site highlights employment success of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities working in paid jobs in their communities. Through stories and the application of frontline employment practices, you learn about how individuals are earning money and contributing to their communities.
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Mississippi, the Newest State to Issue an Employment First Policy
Congratulations to Mississippi, the newest state to issue an Employment First policy in the form of an Executive Order. This action was a top priority for the Mississippi Partnerships in Employment project over the past 18 months.
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Healthy Transitions: A Pathway to Employment for Youth with Chronic Health Conditions and Other Disabilities
This is a new study on health care transition and employment just released by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). To learn more about the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing purposeful planned health care transition planning and its impact on employment for youth with chronic health conditions and other disabilities, view the full policy brief linked below.
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UPDATED LINK:  Some people had trouble opening the link that was provided for this article last week, so we are resending it with an updated link.

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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