March 14, 2014 | Issue 86  

CECY Launches "Community Conversations" on Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities in Taft, CA
Date/Time: March 26, 2014; 5:30 - 7:30pm
Location: West Side Recreation and Park District; Taft, CA

RSVP due: March 19, 2014
Imagine coming together with a few friends and people new to you to discuss ideas on actions we can take to make our community stronger. Participants will talk about how Taft’s existing strengths, resources, and opportunities can be used so that friends and neighbors with disabilities can contribute their talents to the workplace. Together, participants will find out what is working and steps to create new opportunities in the community. This invitation is open to all in the Taft community – employers, local officials, educators, families, organizations, disability service providers, faith communities, and individuals with disabilities. This event is the first of 7 that CECY will be hosting around the state.  Please RSVP by March 19, 2014.

See event flyer here.
Register here.

Congratulations to Jeff Riel, new DOR Deputy Director, Vocational Rehabilitation Policy and Resources Division
We are happy announce the appointment of Jeff Riel as the Deputy Director of the Vocational Rehabilitation Policy & Resources Division at Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) (a CECY partner agency).  In this role, Jeff will provide executive oversight to the Collaborative and Community Resources Branch and to the Program Policy Implementation Unit.  We congratulate him on this new appointment! 


Marketing and Job Development Web Course
Training Resources Network, Inc. (TRN) is accepting enrollments for its popular 2-week, 18-hour web training covering key principles and hands-on tools for job development for youth and adults with disabilities.  The course includes applying marketing principles, creating various job-seeking tools, and developing business partnerships. Participants will learn to approach employers and represent job seekers with confidence.  Learn how to influence employer attitudes, build long-term relationships, and set up employer advisory committees and job banks, among other things.

Download course outline here.
Register here.

Research on Employment and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
The Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation released a research paper entitled "National Snapshot of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities in the Labor Force,"  sponsored by the Special Olympics.  The findings showed that unemployment among people with intellectual disabilities is more than twice as high as for the general population.  However, for those who are employed, most experience job stability, want to work, and have proven that they are capable of being employed.

Read about study's major findings here.
Read full study article here.


"Excellent Gathering of Movers & Shakers":  California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual Disabilities Working Conference
Over 104 parents, students, and administrators from higher education, regional centers and vocational rehabilitation joined representatives from college disability services, vocational counseling, adult service agencies, K-12 school districts, Disability Rights of California and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to participate in the California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities working conference, hosted by the UCLA Tarjan Center, on March 10, 2014.  The conference featured a panel of young adults from transition, postsecondary education who are currently working in integrated competitive employment (ICE) settings, and a panel of professionals addressing new policy directions (i.e., California’s Employment First policy, Self Determination, Student Success Act), and the implications of these policies along with insight for creating greater access to higher education and ICE.  The vast majority of participants agreed that their knowledge of higher education and employment increased as a result of the event.  As one participant stated, “every speaker and participant gave very informative information and perspectives.”  A link to video footage from the conference will be provided via CECY E-News at a later date.

More about the Consortium here.

D.R.E.A.M.S. Scholarship Offered within L.A. County
Application Deadline:  May 1, 2014
For the 2014 school year, Developing a Responsible, Educated, And Moral Society (D.R.E.A.M.S.) will be offering the Dream/Plan Scholarship within Los Angeles County.  This scholarship is open to students receiving special education support through an individualized education plan (I.E.P.) who graduate from high school with a diploma or certificate of completion in 2014.  The goal of the scholarship is to award those who have worked through learning challenges, and are continuing advancing to ever-higher pursuits. Individuals receiving this scholarship will use the award money to assist with the continuation of learning.  Qualified students are those who have done well in school, have been responsible members of their community (participated in community service), and have high moral standards.  Application deadline is May 1, 2014.

DREAM Application here.

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