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December 19, 2013
2013 Annual Disability Statistics Compendium
The Annual Disability Statistics Compendium is a web-based tool that pools disability statistics published by various federal agencies together in
one place. When working on legislative and other matters relating to persons with disabilities, the Compendium will make finding and using disability statistics easier. The Compendium is designed to serve as a reference guide to government publications.
Download the full report as a PDF document.
December 4, 2013
APSE Chapter forming in RI!
An Association of Person Supporting Employment 1st (APSE) Chapter is forming in Rhode Island. Interested parties can support this effort by
joining APSE. Individual and business membership rates are available. A percentage of each membership fee is returned to the RI APSE Chapter to support chapter development activity, information outreach, and training. To learn more, visit www.apse.org.
Karen Flippo or Tina Egan.
November 21, 2013
Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth Guide
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures (Pathways RTC) recently published Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition, a guide for young people who have chosen to utilize their lived experience as a mechanism to advocate for positive change. The guide, developed with Youth MOVE National, leads young people through seven stages of transition from owning their own stories to becoming a supportive young adult for their peers.
Employer Resource Guide from the Disability and Employment Community of Practice
This guide was developed to provide both public and private employers, human resource personnel, hiring managers and supervisors with relevant federal, state and local level information around their legal obligations, along with resources that can assist in identifying, paying for, and implementing effective accommodation strategies, in hiring and/or retaining qualified employees who experience a disability.
The Disability and Employment Community of Practice is an online learning destination for
public workforce system staff and partners, jobseekers, community-based organizations, grantees, and the business sector, who provide services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment. It is a "one-stop-shop" venue for workforce practitioners to find or share high quality information about how to better provide integrated, seamless, and accessible services and programs to people with disabilities and/or other challenges to employment.
Promote the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers
Ten Practices to Promote the Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers A new resource published by the FPG Child Development Institute, More Than Baby Talk: 10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers (2013), by N. Gardner-Neblett and K.C. Gallagher, describes ten practices that early childhood teachers can use to foster language and communication skills among infants and toddlers. The guidelines are based on the latest research findings on optimal adult-child interactions for promoting strong language and communication skills among young children.
October 30, 2013
High Expectations - Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee released a report, High Expectations: Transforming the American Workforce as the ADA Generation Comes of Age (PDF). The report offers steps to improve the employment of the "ADA Generation" - young men and women who have come of age since the ADA was enacted, and who are now seeking competitive employment.
The Affordable Care Act: How Will it Work and How Will it Affect MCH Populations?
What are the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)? What are the primary mechanisms through which the ACA will meet its goals? What is the potential impact of the ACA on women, children, adolescents, and immigrant families? The HRSA-funded Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health at the University of Minnesota just released a 36-page publication that addresses these questions.
Online Training to Improve Accommodations Decision Making (2013)
The Institute's National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) has launched Online Training to Improve Accommodations Decision Making, a five-module, interactive, multi-media professional development tool with case-based video clips. Through it, educators are coached on best practices in how to select, administer, and evaluate the use of accommodations. NCEO developed the training collaboratively with the state of Alabama, but it can also be used in other states. You will need to set up an account to gain access to the training modules.
NDEAM - October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month
The purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to
educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and
varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.
history of National Disability Employment Awareness Month traces back to 1945,
when Congress enacted a law declaring the first week in October each
year "National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week." In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and
contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988,
expanded the week to a month and changed the name to National
Disability Employment Awareness Month.
"When I was growing up, many people doubted what I could do just
because I was blind. But because I had people in my life who instilled
in me an expectation of work and showed me opportunities to be
successful, I completed college and became known for what I can do,"
said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability
announcing this year's National Disability Employment Awareness Month
theme, which is "Because We Are EQUAL to the Task."
Read the 2013 Presidential Proclamation
Review the slide show - What you CAN do! For ideas on how to celebrate
NDEAM and promote employment for individuals with disabilities.
Leadership Institute, January 12-17, 2014
The University of Delaware Leadership Institute offers a select group of future leaders from organizations across the United States and
internationally, the opportunity to come together with a fabulous faculty of national experts on progressive supports for people with disabilities.
week-long, intensive leadership development program is designed for
current executive-level leaders and emerging leaders. Participants may
in areas of management or program leadership in organizations that
advocate for, or fund supports for people with
intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families.
Applications are due by October 28,
Sibling Leadership Network webinar: The Affordable Care Act - Sorting
ALL out for Sibs, November 6, 7:00 PM (ET)
Wondering what the ACA means for your sibling and your family? This
webinar from the Sibling Leadership Network is geared specifically for
siblings of people with disabilities and will explain the basics of the law and the details most important for people with disabilities and their families.
This "just the facts" webinar will cover the reforms to private insurance,
Insurance Marketplaces/Exchanges, Medicaid expansion, consumer
assistance available to navigate the system, and the provisions for
and community-based long-term services and supports in Medicaid.
Rachel Patterson, MPA, Policy Analyst, AUCD.
October 3, 2013
What The Shutdown Means For Disability Services
September 30, 2013
Southeast ADA Center Announces the First Broadcast of WADA "ADA Live!" Radio Show on Wednesday, October 2. WADA "ADA Live!" ADAlive.org will broadcast live on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm ET/12 Noon - 12:30 pm CT.
September 30, 2013
Subject Matter Expert Cary Griffin Pens New LEAD Center Guest Blog on Customized Employment Tactics: Job Developing Up the Supply Chain Link
September 24, 2013
Improving Post High School Outcomes for Transition Age Students with Disabilities: An Evidence Review (PDF)
This report reviews the research literature on strategies designed to help students with disabilities transition from high school to employment, postsecondary education and training, or independent living.
September 24, 2013
Results of August Employment Data for People with Disabilities
The NIDRR-funded Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Statistics and Demographics (Stats RRTC) released its September Trends in Disability Employment - National Monthly Update (TIDE). This month's TIDE explores employment trends during August and compares them to last year's data on people with disabilities in the workforce. An archive of TIDE reports is available from the Stats RRTC website.
September 24, 2013
ADA Quick Tips on Customer Services
The NIDRR-funded ADA National Network and the ADA Knowledge Translation Center released ADA Quick Tips - Customer Service. ADA Quick Tips factsheet on Customer Service includes helpful tips on serving customers with disabilities and disability etiquette.
September 13, 2013
Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers
The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has published a new report, Parent Engagement from Preschool through Grade 3: A Guide for Policymakers (September 2013) by Sheila Smith, Taylor Robbins, Shannon Stagman, and Disha Mathur. The term "parent engagement" is used to describe parents' efforts to promote their children's healthy development and learning through activities that can be encouraged by educators in child care, preschool and school settings. The report makes the case that effective parent engagement during preschool through grade 3 is a key contributor to children's positive academic outcomes. It presents research, program, and policy information that can inform state initiatives to strengthen parent engagement during these early years.
September 13, 2013
New Affordable Care Act and Early Learning Webpage
The U.S Department of Education's Administration for Children & Families (ACF) recently launched a new webpage on The Affordable Care Act: What It Means for Children, Families, and Early Childhood Programs. The webpage is designed to help early learning providers answer questions about the upcoming launch of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace. Open enrollment in the Marketplace starts October 1, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. To find the information needed to prepare for open enrollment, families and small businesses can visit www.HealthCare.gov or www.CuidadoDeSalud.gov.
September 11, 2013
ORS is conducting a new Comprehensive Needs Assessment (CNA) survey
The survey assists ORS and the SRC with strategic planning and identification of goals and objectives for annual State Plan development to assist people with disabilities in entering, returning and/or maintaining employment. Please take 10- 15 minutes to complete the survey by September 27, 2013.
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