February 27, 2014 | Issue 84
ANNOUNCEMENT

2014 State of the Art Conference on Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
Dates:  November 20-21, 2014
Location: Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes; Fairfax, VA
Proposal Deadline:  March 31, 2014
Presentation proposals are now being accepted for this Fall 2014 conference that will provide an opportunity for colleges and universities, researchers, program staff, parents and self-advocates to discuss the current state of research and practice in the field. Panels including staff from postsecondary initiatives, parents, self-advocate and other experts will share effective practices during breakout sessions with an opportunity for group discussion.  
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DATA

Data Brief: "Working in the Community: the Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment – an Update"
National Core Indicators (NCI) staff have updated the data brief "Working in the Community: the Status and Outcomes of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in Integrated Employment," which used data from 2009-10, using more recent 2011-12 data.

The updated data brief is here.
An NCI blog post offering a snapshot of the findings is here.



EDUCATION

"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

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT:  Attend this year's Working Conference presented by the California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. (NOTE:  Administrative leadership for the consortium, as well as CECY, is provided by the Tarjan Center at UCLA.)  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.



EMPLOYMENT

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) Full Committee Meeting 
Date/Time:  March 13, 2014; 9am -3pm
Location:  UC Davis Health System Education Building; Sacramento, CA

Meeting information, including public teleconference information and agenda, will be published on the Meeting Notice posted on the CCEPD website at the link below.  This meeting will be accessible to any person who is a wheelchair user.  In consideration of attendees sensitive to environmental odors created by chemicals and perfumes, please restrict the use of fragrances at this meeting.  To request alternate format materials and/or auxiliary aids/services to participate in the meeting and/or any additional questions, contact Rachel Stewart at (916) 322-4007 or CCEPD@dor.ca.gov.  Please provide your accommodation request at least 5 days before the meeting to help ensure availability of the requested accommodation.
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31st Cal-TASH Conference and Membership Meeting
Dates: March 7-8, 2014
Location: San Francisco Airport Marriott; Burlingame, CA

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Attend this gathering of leaders and advocates. Keynote speaker information on flyer below.  Each day will be filled with concurrent sessions on topics including employment, inclusive education, community living, and advocacy.

Conference flyer here.
Online registration here.



POLICY

Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP) Community of Practice Webinar
This February 12, 2014, webinar explored the current federal policy landscape, looking at recent developments in public policy and their potential impact on state Employment First efforts. If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch it at the link below.
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RESOURCES

Disability.gov's "Guide Me" Tool
Every year, the Disability.gov team introduces creative ways to help people with disabilities and their loved ones find the information they need quickly and efficiently without the headache of searching numerous sites. So how should you go about finding information on Disability.gov? With the help of their new "Guide Me" tool, which makes searching their site easier through four steps.
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YOUTH

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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