Febbruary 14, 2014 | Issue 82

"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 (PDF format) here.
Registration Form (Word format) here.


Obama Administration Weighing Subminimum Wage Options
President Barack Obama said in his recent State of the Union address that he would issue an executive order mandating an increased minimum wage for companies doing business with the government. However, U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez told disability advocates that federal contractors would still be allowed to employ individuals with disabilities at less than the federal minimum. Now the administration appears to be reconsidering.
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Microsoft Supplier Diversity: Recruitment of Individuals with DD
The mission of Microsoft's Supported Employment program is simple:  Partner with vendors and local employment agencies to make a substantial difference in the lives of people with developmental disabilities who might otherwise be overlooked in the job market. As one of Washington's largest corporations, Microsoft works with hundreds of vendor companies contracted to provide services at its many properties throughout Puget Sound—from dining and transportation to facility services, office administration and more. Many vendors have jobs that individuals with developmental disabilities are capable of performing. Microsoft has recognized it has a rich opportunity to partner with vendors and local employment agencies to create job opportunities for people with developmental disabilities in such roles as food prep, janitorial, dishwasher, landscaping, reception, office moves, office administration and furniture warehouse.
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Employment Outcomes for Young Adults
A new ICI report, "Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2004-2011," shows the trend in employment outcomes of young adults 16 to 21 years old and 22 to 30 years old in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Data is from the American Community Survey, the RSA-911, and the National Core Indicators datasets. The report was funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Jobs Report Finds More With Disabilities Unemployed
The jobless rate for Americans with disabilities trended sharply upward for the first month of 2014, says the U.S. Department of Labor. Unemployment rose to 13.3 percent in January for people with disabilities. That’s up from 11.9 percent the previous month.

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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.
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CA Legislation Introduced to Increase Hourly Rate to Employment Service Providers
A new bill (AB1626) was introduced by Assembly Member Maienschein that would restore the rate cuts on supported employment back to around 2008 levels. This bill would increase the hourly rate paid to providers of individualized and group-supported employment services to $34.24.
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