February 21, 2014 | Issue 83

"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.


White House Fact Sheet -- Opportunity for All: Rewarding Hard Work
The Obama Administration announced a new Executive Order raising the minimum wage to $10.10. Under this Executive Order, all individuals with disabilities working under service or concessions contracts with the federal government will be covered by the same $10.10 per minimum wage protections (no subminimum wage).
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"Think Beyond the Label" Online Career Fair
Date/Time:  March 5, 2014; 1-4pmET
This career fair will connect companies to qualified candidates with disabilities from Think Beyond the Label's online community of candidates and its partnerships with employment services agencies and student organizations nationwide. Job seekers will have the opportunity to engage with recruiters one-on-one in this real-time forum. Registration is free for job seekers. Think Beyond the Label is a public-private partnership that delivers information, outreach and resources to businesses, job seekers and the public workforce system to ensure greater recruiting and hiring opportunities for job candidates with disabilities.
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The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) Releases Two Reports on Disability Employment
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) released two new reports on disability employment entitled "States as Model Employers of People with Disabilities" and "Advancing Economic Opportunities for Business Owners and Job Seekers with Disabilities." The first report examines states as model employers of people with disabilities, while the second report examines advancing economic opportunities for business owners and job seekers with disabilities.

"States as Model Employers" report here.
"Advancing Economic Opportunities for Business Owners" report here.


Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with Disabilities -- APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! 
Application deadline extended to:  March 15, 2014
This is an exclusive invitation for California high school juniors and seniors with 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, California.  This program is provided to accepted students with disabilities at no cost to them.  Students will all different types of disabilities are eligible to apply, including learning disabilities, mental health disabilities, physical disabilities, chronic health disabilities, intellectual disabilities, autism, deaf, hard of hearing, blind or low vision.  YLF is an annual 5-day leadership program that provides information and resources about employment, education, independence, and assistive technology. Students will stay in dorms on campus at California State University, Sacramento.  They will 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.  Alumni of the California YLF say it has forever changed their lives for the better.  

YLF flyer here.
YLF video here.
More information, application documents, and instructions here.

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