Febbruary 7, 2014 | Issue 81
ANNOUNCEMENTS

"Working Conference" Presented by the California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Date/Time:  March 10, 2014; 10-3pm
Location:  The California Endowment; Los Angeles, CA
Attend this year's Working Conference presented by the California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Expert speakers will address new policy directions and implications for access and participation in higher education by young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD); student panelists with intellectual disabilities and autism will speak candidly about their career-related experiences during transition and college; and panel discussions will stimulate thinking about recent policy changes, promising practices, and new strategies for the inclusion of students with IDD in higher education. Increase your knowledge, network, problem solve, and commit to action at this event!
 
Event flyer here.
Registration Form here.



EMPLOYMENT

Great Progress in Hiring People with Disabilities 
Last month, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) released the “2012 Employment of People with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch Report.” According to the report, at no point in the past 32 years have people with disabilities been hired at a higher percentage than in Fiscal Year 2012. People with targeted disabilities are also being brought into the Federal workforce at a higher percentage now than at any time in the past 17 years. This success has led to more people with disabilities in Federal service, both in real terms and by percentage than at any time in the past 32 years. Check out blog post by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta here and a follow-up blog post entitled Our New Year’s Resolution by Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez.
 
OPM Director Katherine Archuleta's blog is here.
Follow-up blog post by Dept. of Labor Secretary Tom Perez here.



POLICY

WHD, DOJ Pursue Enforcement Measures in Rhode Island to Protect Individuals with Disabilities from ADA and FLSA Violations 
The City of Providence, the Providence School Board, and the Harold A. Birch Vocational Center and School have signed a settlement agreement to pay $250,859 in back wages to 60 student workers with disabilities following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found violations of the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act. As part of the settlement agreement, the department has retroactively revoked the certificate that allowed the school to pay the workers less than the current federal minimum wage for the work performed. Additionally, the United States issued a statewide Findings Letter in January 2014.
 
Read more about the settlement agreement here.
Read more about the Findings letter here.



TRANSITION

Tip Sheets for Transitioning Youth
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability (NCWD) for Youth recently published a series of tip sheets that provide youth with action steps for dealing with various life transitions and challenges. Each tip sheet begins with a series of questions geared toward helping youth determine the degree to which each topic is relevant to their lives. The sheets then provide background information on the subject matter, including definitions of key terms and reasons that the youth should consider making progress within that domain. Specific action steps are provided along with helpful supplementary information. Visit the NCWD for Youth website for more youth development-focused publications.
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