Deadline: NCIL Youth Scholarship June 26th, 2019

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Reminder: Apply for the NCIL Youth Scholarship by July 1!

 

NCIL’s Youth Scholarship is one of the most exciting parts of the annual conference. The Youth Scholarship allows youth with disabilities aged 26 and under to attend the conference at little or no cost to them. NCIL offers three tiers of scholarships:

Local – $110 to cover registration for youth based in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area (including youth who are in the area for summer internships or other programs)
Regional – up to $975 to cover registration, travel, and hotel for youth in Region III (DC, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania)
National – up to $1,200 to cover registration, travel, and hotel for youth based outside of Region III.

Please note that NCIL does not have the capacity to accept international applicants at this time. Youth under the age of 18 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

So far in 2019, there have been scholarships awarded to nearly 30 youth from across the country. Previous Youth Scholarship recipients have gone on to serve in leadership positions on the NCIL board, get involved in their local CILs, and launch exciting careers in the field of Independent Living! You could be next! 

To apply, please fill out our online application. For help, or if you have any questions or concerns, please email Cara Liebowitz at cara@ncil.org.

Applications are only being accepted through July 1, 2019, so apply today!

NCIL’s Youth Scholarship Fund is 100% funded by generous supporters like you. Please make a donation so that more youth can experience the life changing magic of the Independent Living movement.

Online Applicationhttps://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/2019-ncil-youth-scholarship-application/
To make a donation: https://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/support-the-2019-youth-scholarship-fund/

 
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YLF Luncheon: Few Spots Left, Deadline Extended to Jul 11! June 25th, 2019

Connect with California youth with Disabilities 
Join us at the Catherine Kelly Baird Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Networking Luncheon on Thursday, July 19th, 2019 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento. Community members will be seated with delegates of the 2019 Youth Leadership Forum in attendance.

Catherine Kelly Baird YLF Networking Luncheon 
Friday, July 19th, 2019
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Sheraton Grand
13th &, J St, Sacramento, CA 95814

*Deadline to register is July 11, 2019*
Tickets are $40 a person. For more information, please email CKBLuncheon@calylf.org.
Reserve your spot today: https://yodisabledproud.org/ylf-luncheon/

Learn more about Catherine Kelly Baird
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SACRAMENTO: Seeking Youth Talent with Disabilities for a Film Project June 20th, 2019

Disabled Student-led Film Project: ‘Ability’
 
Step inside the mind of youth come join us for this amazing experience!
Local aspiring artist, co-writer, and YO! Disabled & Proud volunteer Mike Infante is leading a film project centered on youth with disabilities. The film, entitled 'Ability,' focuses on 3 teens with disabilities experience their struggles with friends, bullying, being told that they are a problem in society, and along the way find love.

  •  Production timeline: June 23, 2019 - middle of July

  • Compensation: unpaid, food will be provided and copy of film 

  • Seeking talent: (Youth with disabilities highly encouraged to apply!)

    • Director

    • Boom mic operator

    • Camera operator 




For more information or to apply, please contact Mike Infante directly:


Best of luck to all!!
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Apply for the NCIL Youth Scholarship by July 1st May 29th, 2019

NCIL’s Youth Scholarship Fund is one of the cornerstones of our Annual Conference on Independent Living. The Youth Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance for youth with disabilities aged 18 to 26 to attend NCIL’s Annual Conference.

We’ve already accepted close to 20 youth to receive scholarships for the 2019 Annual Conference. You can be one of the 2019 youth scholarship recipients, too!

NCIL offers three tiers of scholarship funding:
 
Local: Up to $110 to cover the cost of registration for youth with disabilities living in the Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan area (this includes youth who will be in the area at the time of the conference for a summer internship or job).
 
Regional: Up to $975 to cover registration, travel, and hotel costs for youth with disabilities living in the Region III area (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia).
 
National: Up to $1,200 to cover registration, travel, and hotel costs for youth with disabilities living in other areas of the United States.
 
Youth who are selected to receive scholarships will also receive a complimentary membership to NCIL through the end of 2020.

The deadline to apply for a youth scholarship is July 1st!  Don’t delay, apply now!

NCIL explicitly prioritizes youth of color, LGBTQIA+ youth, youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and others who have traditionally been marginalized in the Independent Living Movement. If you have any questions about the NCIL Youth Scholarship, please email Cara Liebowitz, Development Coordinator, at cara@ncil.org

For more information on the Annual Conferencehttps://www.ncil.org/2019-annual-conference-on-independent-living/

Online Applicationhttps://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/2019-ncil-youth-scholarship-application/

Make a donation to the Youth Scholarship Fundhttps://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/support-the-2019-youth-scholarship-fund/
  
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Public Forum: Proposed Changes to DOR Financial Policies May 20th, 2019

Please join California Department of Rehabilitation Director Joe Xavier on a public forum conference call, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. to discuss proposed changes to our state regulations in which the most financially-able DOR consumers share the cost of postsecondary education services.

An overview of the proposed changes can be found at the following link: https://www.dor.ca.gov/Home/DORCalendar#event=30135297

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Time: 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call-In Number:  1-800-369-1730
Participant passcode: 7132582      

 
*Please plan to call in 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to register with the operator and be placed into conference.

 
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Lights! Camera! access! Career Exploration Summit Application Silicon Valley May 17th, 2019 April 30th, 2019

If you, or someone you know is an aspiring technology or media professional, storyteller, gamer, geek, coder, filmmaker, musician, actor, dreamer, writer, director, editor, transitioning youth, college student, recent grad, disabled veteran who is Deaf or has a disability — check out Lights! Camera! Access! Silicon Valley Career Exploration Summit and the Global Accessibility Symposium (LCA) on May 17th — Own the Deaf & Disability Narrative Imperative across delivery platforms (TV, movies, documentaries, news, theatre, interactive and video games) — and make a difference. Application Deadline for the LCA Silicon Valley is Monday, May 6, at 8 pm PT.   
 
Picture of seven mentors with disabilities working in the media sector. The image is black and white and the mentors appear to be younger professionals, including four women and three men - four of which are wheelchair users and one of which is holding walking skies.. All of them are looking at the camera and smiling.
You will participate in workshops during the summit and have ongoing support in your career exploration journey. During the summit you will attend workshops including,


  • Resume Review, Speed Interviews and Flash Mentoring

  • Networking to Achieve your Career Objectives Workshop

  • Self-Disclosure Workshop: How to Leverage Disability to Sharpen Your Competitive Edge


You will also have the opportunity to “Rock Your Profile” with LinkedIn, meet disability, media, technology and disability-savvy corporate leaders from Google, AT&T, LinkedIn, Aira, Level Access, Waymo and others.
 
Application Deadline for the LCA Silicon Valley is Monday, May 6, at 8 pm PT.   

For context on LCA Summits, check out:
 
TV Guide (BBDO-hosted in NYC):   https://www.tvguide.com/news/people-with-disabilities-hollywood-representation-diversity-inclusion/
 


 
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Volunteer Opportunity: Disability and Aging Capitol Action Day April 24th, 2019

Seeking Volunteers for Disability & Aging Capitol Action Day on May 23rd 10am - 3pm at Cesar Chavez Plaza and the State Capitol in Sacramento California.
Great opportunity for community service!


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Disability & Aging Capitol Action Day is an annual event coordinated by The Disability Action Coalition as an opportunity for people with disabilities, elders and our allies to come together in solidarity for learning, resources, unity and to share the current issues that affect their daily lives.
 
This is the first year that Capitol Action Day joins the California Alliance for Retired Californians. Our event has become one of the largest cross-disability events in the country. It is the day that people with disabilities from all over the state come to the capitol to learn, share and have their voices heard! The event includes a disability resource fair, an educational rally, and public policy.


*** SIGN UP TODAY https://disabilityactioncoalition.org/volunteer/ ***

Opportunities include:
Event Set-Up (5-8 volunteers)
Event Clean-Up (5-8 volunteers)
Marshalls along the March (8-10 volunteers)
Sighted Guides (3-5 volunteers to guide participants who are blind/low-vision)
ASL Interpreters (3-5 volunteers to interpret for resource fair)
Event/Transport Navigators (3-5 volunteers)
Exhibit Booth/Info Booth (3-5 volunteers)
Lunch Distribution (3-5 volunteers)
Sign Making Station (2-3 volunteers)
And more!

 



 
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YO! Summit: Deadline extended till Wednesday! April 15th, 2019

YO! Disabled & Proud. 2019 Disability Pride & Leadership Summit. Youth Creating an Inclusive Future. 3 Days at Grizzly Creek Ranch. May 3 - 5, 2019. Portola, CA.


YO! Disabled & Proud connects, educates and organizes youth with disabilities. Together, we create positive change in our communities. Join us at the Disability Pride & Leadership Summit and be a part of our next phase of change. Become a part of the next organizing campaign to establish Disability Pride month in California and learn about the legislative process while building your leadership skills.

Deadline has been extended till Wednesday April 17. Register NOW before spots fill up!

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WorkAbility III Part Time Position Available (Sacramento/El Dorado and Surrounding Counties) April 5th, 2019

Position open to support the Los Rios Community College District WorkAbility III (WAIII) program! 

WAIII assists community college students with disabilities with career exploration, vocational counseling, and employment preparation.  This position is $16/hour and limited to working 135 days or 960 hours (whichever comes first) per fiscal year.  Individuals should apply by April 21, 2019 as we are planning on pulling the applications within the next couple of weeks.  Please pay close attention to the education and experience required for this position as we are not able to be flexible on this.  If there are any questions, interested applicants can contact me at the email or phone number below.
Now Hiring: Student Personnel Assistant: Career & Job Opportunity Services (temporary part-time)
 
Under general supervision of assigned manager/supervisor, provides students with career and job opportunity services, and serves as liaison with public and private sector employers.
 
Typical Duties:
Assists students in developing their educational and vocational objectives; refers qualified students to employers or employment services for placement; and conducts follow-up interviews with students.
Orients students, individually or in groups, to available resources; provides one-on-one student assistance with mock interviews, resume critiques, job searches, and using the Internet; and maintains confidentiality of information and materials.
Assists in creating an aesthetic, warm atmosphere of acceptance; operates, maintains, and instructs large and small groups in the use and orientation of resources/equipment; presents workshops on career preparation topics; and administers computerized vocational interest inventories and career planning assessments.
Creates, modifies, and maintains reports, records and forms used; develops and maintains a database to track appointments; and develops and updates an employer database.
Addresses community groups and faculty members to explain career services; coordinates career fairs and other career-related events; attends appropriate conferences, workshops and staff meetings as assigned: and performs related duties as required. 

Workability III Program:
For assignments within the Workability III Program, Student Personnel Assistant may also: assist Workability III Counselor/Coordinator in educating students and clients on the skills needed to obtain and retain gainful employment; and informs students, clients, and college personnel of present and future employment opportunities. Interprets program regulations or benefit requirements to assist students in obtaining needed supportive services. Maintains student and client files, employer job files, and statistics of placement activities; and refers qualified students to employers or employment services for placement, including work study and student help positions. Works in cooperation with counselors, instructors, disability, and Learning Disability campus resources and/or other appropriate college staff.
 
Required education and experience:

  • Two years in job placement, career planning or student personnel services, preferably in an educational or community college setting OR two years experience in employment development at a community-based organization. (One year of experience is equal to 12 months of experience at 40 hours per week. Applicable part-time experience will be converted to the full-time equivalent for purposes of meeting the experience requirement.), AND

  • Completion of an Associate’s Degree or 60 semester units (90 quarter units).  NOTE: An additional year of qualifying experience may be substituted for up to one year of college education. 


For more information and to apply, see https://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/4598
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ACLU Advocacy Institute Programs April 4th, 2019



Can you believe it's almost summer again? Soon classes will be out of session and young people will have time to themselves. What better way to spend the summer than learning how to change the world?

We're now accepting applications for two ACLU Advocacy Institute programs: a weeklong intensive training and networking program for emerging leaders in high school (ages 15-18) and another weeklong program for students in college (ages 18-24). Apply by April 14 to take steps toward building a brighter future informed by the dedication, knowledge, and passion of the next generation of leaders.


 
New for 2019: This year we've added programming to get even more young people involved. The brand-new Advanced Advocacy Program will equip students with tools for lifelong engagement in grassroots organizing, policy development, and legal advocacy. We've also added an extension program for participants who want to spend more time in Washington, DC and New York City alongside ACLU experts, nationally recognized leaders, and activists who are leading the fight for social justice.

Generous scholarships are available and space is limited – so apply today.

As a young activist and organizer, it's awe-inspiring to see the work that our alumni go on to accomplish. To date, over 1,700 students have been trained through the ACLU Advocacy Institute, and we're excited to work with even more talented and diverse youth this year. So if you know a young person who's a perfect fit, encourage them to apply.

Thank you for investing in the next generation of leaders,

D'Angelo Cameron
ACLU team member and activist


This email was sent by:
American Civil Liberties Union
125 Broad Street, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10004, USA

 
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Disability Pride & Leadership Summit: Deadline Extended! March 29th, 2019

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Open to youth and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 - 28.


YO! Disabled & Proud connects, educates and organizes youth with disabilities. Together, we create positive change in our communities. Join us at the Disability Pride & Leadership Summit and be a part of our next phase of change. Become a part of the next organizing campaign to establish Disability Pride month in California and learn about the legislative process while building your leadership skills.

Please use the registration form to apply. Be sure to list your accommodation needs and sign-up no later than April 10, 2019.
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Celebrate Accessible Earth Month with us! March 28th, 2019

Hi Friend:
 
As you may already know, April is Earth Month. We’re so excited that we, at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), are launching our first Accessible Earth Month in celebration of the collaborative efforts to make environmental conservation efforts accessible for all, including those with disabilities. We want to invite YOU to join the conversation!

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In the past year, CFILC has been making strides in educating the public about accessibility as a need when considering solutions to address environmental concerns. In February, CFILC’s Disability Organizing Network teamed up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Central Coast Center for Independent Living to conduct the nation’s first study on the Disability community’s experiences with alternative straws, especially non-plastic straws.
 
The Disability community has only recently been more visible in the discussion of sustainability. We encourage you to use our Accessible Earth DIY Toolkit as a resource to share. There are also tips on social media planning and graphics for you to customize for your own Accessible Earth Day images and messages.

Link to the study on alternative strawshttp://disabilityorganizing.net/uploads/donet-straw-report-012319-ACCESSIBLE.pdf

Link to our Accessible Earth DIY Toolkit: http://californiareuse.org/resources/accessible-earth-day.php
 
We know that developing content is no easy feat. Please feel free to follow CFILC on social media and share their posts!

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/CFILC.org/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/_CFILC
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/cfilc_1982/

In Solidarity,
 
YO! Disabled & Proud 
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2019 NCIL Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open March 19th, 2019

2019 NCIL Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open!


 
NCIL is proud to announce the 2019 Youth Scholarship Fund. For the fifth year in a row, we will be offering scholarships to our Annual Conference to youth with disabilities ages 18–26 who may otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attendance.
 
NCIL offers three tiers of scholarships:
 
Local: Up to $110 to cover the cost of registration for youth with disabilities living in the Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan area (this includes youth who will be in the area at the time of the conference for a summer internship or job).
 
Regional: Up to $975 to cover registration, travel, and hotel costs for youth with disabilities living in the Region III area (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia).
 
National: Up to $1,200 to cover registration, travel, and hotel costs for youth with disabilities living in other areas of the United States.
 
At this time, we are unable to accept youth under the age of 18 or from outside the United States.
 
This year, we are also introducing the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship. Emet Tauber is a NCIL board member who is facing the end of his life. Emet’s life was changed by the Youth Scholarship Fund and, as one of his final acts, he’d like to enable others to have the same opportunities. Therefore, the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship will be awarded each year to one national youth with a disability who is also trans and/or Jewish in recognition of Emet’s activism within both of those communities. If you would like to be considered for the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship, follow the prompts on the application form under the “Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship” section.
 
If you’d like to apply for a youth scholarship, please fill out the online application. This is a highly competitive process and scholarships will be awarded on a rolling basis.
 
NCIL’s Youth Scholarship Fund is 100% funded by NCIL supporters like you. Please consider making a donation to the Youth Scholarship Fund so that we can keep providing this amazing experience for youth with disabilities.

For more information on the Annual Conferencehttps://www.ncil.org/2019-annual-conference-on-independent-living/

Online Applicationhttps://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/2019-ncil-youth-scholarship-application/

Make a donation to the Youth Scholarship Fundhttps://ncilforms.wufoo.com/forms/support-the-2019-youth-scholarship-fund/
 
 
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Federal Internship and Virtual Student Symposium March 15th, 2019

Federal Internship and Virtual Student Symposium
with
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
Department of the Air Force
Department of Energy
Department of Transportation
and 
The White House Initiative on HBCUs

March 26, 2019  |  Register Here: https://federalvirtualstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com
Are you interested in an internship experience that will take you to a higher level, or thinking about your next move after completing your studies?  Do you want an opportunity to contribute to others in an environment that makes the best use of your unique talents and skill sets?  Then you may want to consider a career with the Federal Government! There are a number of opportunities for paid internships that will offer you a perspective on how your education and skills can make you a great fit for public service, and for long-term careers in multiple fields due to the many mission areas represented by our Federal agencies.  If this sounds appealing, a great first step is to join us for the Federal Internship and Student Symposium, which will take place on March 26, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT.
 
With just a small investment of your time, you will learn how to prepare your Federal résumé to have the greatest impact when applying for Federal positions; and about the Federal Pathways Programs, which include internships leading to long-term careers, and career developmental programs for recent graduates, including those who aspire to executive-level positions in the Federal Government. Don’t miss this outstanding event.

For a more detailed description, please click herehttps://federalvirtualstudentsymposium.eventbrite.com
 
 
Title: Federal Internship and Virtual Student Symposium
Date: March 26, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

 

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The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability Internship-Summer 2019 March 14th, 2019

Positions will be filled on a rolling basis by May 15

The Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability (NCCJD ® ) is seeking two interns to work full-time at our Washington, DC office this summer. We are seeking applicants who are current undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited university, have a demonstrated interest in public interest and/or social justice work, and have an interest in criminal justice and/or disability rights. Learn more .

Interns will work under the supervision of NCCJD's Senior Program Manager/Attorney for Criminal Justice Initiatives and will perform varied tasks, including the following:


  • Respond to information and referral questions by providing resources, information, consultation with attorneys, or otherwise answering questions from the general public

  • Conduct research on a variety of issues involving criminal justice and disability and assist in the development of resource sheets, info graphics, and databases

  • Help refine and conduct Pathways to Justice® trainings and other training curricula

  • Draft social media posts, press releases, blogs, etc.


 To Learn More: https://thearc.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0j7ld
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National Council on Independent Living's 2019 Summer Policy Internship Program February 15th, 2019

Apply for National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) 2019 Summer Policy Internship Program by Monday, April 1!
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and one letter of recommendation to Lindsay Baran at lindsay@ncil.org. To be considered for the summer internship program, your application must be received by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Each semester, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts up to 2 internship positions at our office in Washington, DC. The Policy Internship Program provides real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. Interns gain valuable experience in the nation’s capital and build skills necessary to be ideal candidates for positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations around the country.
The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Candidates must have a strong interest in disability rights and basic knowledge of the legislative process. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. The program lasts approximately 12 weeks, and interns are required to work at least 10-15 hours each week.

For more information about the NCIL Policy Internship program, visit ncil.org/jobs/ncilinternships
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Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning February 14th, 2019

The California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is now accepting applications for the 2018–19 Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) award. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., April 15, 2018.

To highlight best practices and “what is working” in California for students with disabilities, the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is seeking to recognize exemplary local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, school-systems, initiatives, programs, and practices (hereby referred to as “Programs”) that result in positive outcomes for students with disabilities in the State of California. Established by the ACSE with financial support from Hollywood producer Brian Grazer and his family, the GOAL award recognizes these innovative and replicable Programs with a monetary award, and encourages implementation of these Programs throughout California. Additional information may be found on the GOAL web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/acsegoalaward.asp.

If you have any questions please contact: Matt Traverso, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Special Education Division, by phone at 916-323-3308, or by email at mtraverso@cde.ca.gov.
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Youth Voices at Disability Capital Action Day February 12th, 2019

Join us February 16th, 2019 from 12:00pm-1:00pm as we host a youth (16-28) orientation call to discuss this year’s Disability Capitol Action Day
We’d like to ensure that the youth voice is heard during this event!    This is the perfect time to get answers to some, if not all, of your questions.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/369322773
Meeting ID: 369 322 773
Call Number:+1(669)900-6833
Password:369322773#

For accommodations and questions please contact http://Raelyn Keys at Raelyn@cfilc.org

 
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California's Black Disability History February 7th, 2019

Graphic with 4 photo cutouts of Black disabled leaders: (L-R) one woman in a wheelchair, one seated, one man standing with a guide dog, one man wearing a suit in a wheelchair. Text: California's Black Disability History. Red, yellow, green circles.
[Original photos by Ken Stein]


In honor of Black History Month, we at the California Foundation of Independent Living Centers felt that it was only fitting to highlight a few of the Black leaders with disabilities who pioneered the Independent Living Movement.

Donald Galloway
You may remember seeing the photo of Donald Galloway from the 1970s. He’s rocking an afro hairstyle; he’s with Ed Roberts and his guide dog.
Mr. Galloway was a folk singer as a young man, received a master’s degree in social work and, in 1978, became Jamaica’s Peace Corps director.[i]
In the mid-1970s Mr. Galloway was the head of blind services and the Black caucus at the Center for Independent Living, Berkeley and a member of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) minority caucus.[ii]
Learn more about Donald Galloway

Joyce Jackson
Bay Area native Joyce Jackson was a disability rights activist who participated among 150 severely disabled demonstrators and their supporters who occupied the San Francisco regional offices of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW), demanding enforcement of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.[iii]
Ms. Jackson was one of 20 activists sent to Washington, D.C., to meet with Carter administration officials and eventually convinced HEW officials to implement Section 504 – the landmark civil rights legislation prohibiting federally funded agencies, programs, and activities from discriminating against the people with disabilities. 
Learn more about Joyce Jackson

Johnnie Lacy
Johnnie Lacy was a cherished Hayward area community and civil rights advocate and was named Woman of the Year by the California State Senate in 1988.
After helping found Center for Independent Living - Berkeley, Johnnie was encouraged to take over the helm at the newly created Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) in Hayward where was the Director for over a decade.[iv]
Learn more about Johnnie Lacy

Bradley Lomax
In the 1970’s Bradley Lomax was an Oakland resident and member of the Black Panther Party (BPP). He also had Multiple Sclerosis and used a wheelchair.
Recognizing the need for more disability services and supports in his own community, in 1975, Mr. Lomax approached Ed Roberts (who had helped found the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley in 1972), with a proposal to open a Center for Independent Living (CIL) in East Oakland under Black Panther sponsorship. Less than a year later, with Lomax as one of a two-person staff, the East Oakland CIL opened in a storefront, offering basic peer counseling and attendant referral.[v]
Learn more about Bradley Lomax

For more perspectives on these pioneers in Disability History, visit Ramp Your Voice.

[i] https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/donald-galloway-advocate-of-rights-of-disabled-dies-at-73/2011/10/31/gIQAl93MdM_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4ed46cb0001f
[ii] http://bancroft.berkeley.edu/collections/drilm/collection/items/galloway.html
[iii] https://www.berkeleyside.com/2014/02/17/remembering-joyce-ardell-jackson
[iv] crilhayward.org/Tribute-to-Johnnie-Lacy/
[v] http://leadonnetwork.org/wordpress/2016/02/09/black-disability-history-brad-lomax-black-panther-revolutionary-black-nationalism-and-disability-power/
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Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) February 5th, 2019

The deadline for students to apply for 2019 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) has been extended! The new deadline is March 3rd, 2019.
 

The YLF program will be held July 15-19, 2019, at California State University, Sacramento.
 
The YLF is a five-day residential self-advocacy and leadership development summer youth program held on a college campus. It is a great opportunity for students who have been identified as potential leaders to participate in leadership development. Please share this information with your network.
 
Students must complete an application, write an essay, and provide letters of recommendation. Students will also be interviewed by a team in their local communities. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected. We are targeting students who are sophomores and juniors during the 2018-19 school year. However, some seniors will be accepted as well. YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to ylf@dor.ca.gov. Again, the deadline to apply has been extended to March 3rd, 2019.
 
The 2019 application and related documents, including an outreach flyer, can be found at http://www.dor.ca.gov/YLF/YLF-Delegate-Info.html. All information can be shared through your distribution channels. Please print the flyer and post in your offices and share with your networks.
 
Thank you for your continued support!
 
If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Gounder at (855) 894-3436 or Daniel.Gounder@dor.ca.gov.
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$3,500 College Scholarship for Students with Learning Disabilities January 31st, 2019

The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) supports students with learning disabilities who wish to attend a California Community College. PCF provides year-round support for 3 years that can total up to $3,500. Application deadline is April 1st. Visit their website to learn more about The Pine Cone Foundation (PCF) organization: pineconefoundation.org. 

Eligibility video: https://youtu.be/c5f-VRB7ynA

Up to 6 high school seniors will be selected in 2019....
Students seeking associate, bachelor, technical and vocational degrees can apply if they meet these criteria:
- Have up to date documentation of a Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
- Graduating high school senior
- Enroll at a CA community college in the fall
- GPA of 2.5 or higher
- US. citizen and CA resident
 
For questions email: admin@pineconefoundation.org

 
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38th Annual CARSplus Convention "Total Access" January 31st, 2019

YO! Disabled and Proud will be presenting at this year's CARSplus Convention in Sacramento! 
CARSplus has lined up a set of great presenters who will discuss the most current issues affecting schools and teachers today.The purpose of this convention is to make one aware of the plethora of options that are available to all in addressing the needs of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

A few of the key topics include:


  • Campus environment, Safe and Supportive

  • Transition and Independent Living Skills

  • Relationship between Special Education and General Education 


...and so many more! 

To register, please visit their website.


Event Information:
February 8-9, 2019
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento
2001 Point W Way
Sacramento, CA 95815


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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network: 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy! January 15th, 2019

ACI helps Autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to talk to their Senators and Representatives about policies important to the disability community.  After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.


Download the application here!  Please submit a completed application by the end of the day (midnight) on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at houtlaw@autisticadvocacy.org.

 ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019.  ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at houtlaw@autisticadvocacy.org.

 
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Live Twitter Chat: Ed Roberts Day January 15th, 2019


  Join YO! Disabled & Proud for a discussion on Twitter celebrating Ed Roberts Day!
We're taking a look at how collaboration with other communities has historically helped the Disability community and the impact that unity has today.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
1. Follow @yodisabledproud for the latest information about the chat.
2. At the time of the chat, click on the ‘Latest’ tab for the hashtag #ERDunity. This will show you the questions and everyone’s responses in real time.
3. Use the hashtag #ERDunity when you tweet. 
For example: your tweet in response to question (Q1), should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #ERDunity”




TWITTER CHAT QUESTIONS
Q1: Roll call—what’s your name (and which organization are you from?)
Q2: What have you gained from Ed Robert’s legacy within the disability community?

Q3: Why do you think Ed Roberts is relatively unknown compared to other social activists?
Q4: Why is it important to create partnerships with other social justice organizations (or groups)?
Q5: Have you ever mentored or been mentored from someone outside of your community? If so, did you/they benefit?
Q6: How do YOU plan to celebrate #EdRobertsDay19 today and going forward?
#ERDunity







 
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Microsoft disAbility Scholarship January 10th, 2019

The disAbility Scholarship  was created in 2013 to enable high school students with disabilities to go to college and target a career in the technology industry. Each year this scholarship is awarded to promising high school seniors who plan to attend a vocational or academic college in the US (or a school with a US affiliate) and have a financial need. In addition, Microsoft hopes to contribute to increasing the pool of persons with disabilities to enrolling in higher education and, in the long term, decrease the unemployment bias for this demographic.

The amount of this renewable scholarship to be awarded is $5,000 per year, up to $20,000 total, which is paid through the Seattle Foundation on behalf of the disAbility Employee Resource Group (ERG) at Microsoft to the recipient’s school’s Financial Aid Office.

All completed applications must be submitted by March 1, 2019 

Questions regarding the scholarship can be direct to scholarships@seattlefoundation.org.

 
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My Future Matters January 3rd, 2019

Flyer for My Future Matters done in a retro 80's design reading: For youth ages 14-24. MYFUTUREMATTERS.  Leadership and mentorship for youth with disabilities.Locations are physically accessible. Contact Alexa Martin at 805-650-5993 x202 or email amartin@ilrc-trico.org for additional accommodation needs. Friday Jan 11  San Luis Obispo Saturday Jan 12  Santa Maria & Santa Barbara Sunday Jan 13  Thousand Oaks For more info on times and locations, and to RSVP,please visitwww.ilrc-trico.org In partnership with YO! Disabled & Proud, Independent Living Resource Center's Youth Empowerment Project (YEP) is having FOUR youth events this January 11th-13th! We will be celebrating Ed Roberts Day by unveiling the annual statewide poster. Activities will be centered around mentorship, leadership, advocacy, and tools for being more independent. For more information and to register for this event please click the link. https://ilrc-trico.org/
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FREE Webinar: Assistive Technology (AT) Dec 19 December 18th, 2018

It's not too late to register! (Spread the word.)
4 people: one woman at a computer using a device to enlarge the screen; one man on a motorized scooter; one young woman using a computer for communication; one man using a sip & puff straw to control his computer. Text from post.
What: FREE Webinar on Assistive Technology (AT) Basics

  • Learn about how can tools and devices enhance your life and where to find those services.


When: Wednesday, December 19. 2018
Who should attend: Those new to disability, those who serve the disability community
Where: Online via Zoom Platform



***Please forward this email to your network and whomever would benefit.***


​Accommodations
If you need additional accommodation(s) to participate in an Ability Tools training or event, requests must be made ten business days prior to the training or event by emailing us at accommodations@abilitytools.org or contacting 1-800-390-2699 or 1-800-900-0706 TTY.
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CalABLE Goes Live December 18, 2018! December 17th, 2018

What is CalABLE?
CalABLE
is a savings and investment plan offered by the state of California to individuals with disabilities. CalABLE Goes Live December 18, 2018! The CalABLE Program will officially launch on December 18, 2018. As of that date, CalABLE’s enrollment website at www.CalABLE.ca.gov will be accepting new enrollees. Instructions on how to enroll will also be easily located on the website.
Eligible individuals, family, friends and employers can contribute up to $15,000 a year without affecting the account beneficiary's public disability benefits. CalABLE account owners who work can contribute even more to their accounts. Best of all, earnings on qualified withdrawals from a CalABLE account are federal and California state tax-free.

KEY FACTS:

  • Earnings in a CalABLE account receive federal and California state tax-free treatment.

  • Withdrawals for qualified expenses are also tax-free.

  • Up to $15,000 a year can be deposited into a CalABLE account without affecting the beneficiary's public disability benefits.

  • Account owners/beneficiaries who are employed can contribute additional amounts above the $15,000 annual limit. For example, in 2018, eligible working individuals living in the 48 contiguous United States can contribute an amount equal to their current year gross income up to an additional $12,060.

  • If you receive SSI benefits, you can save as much as $100,000 in your account with no effect on federal and California state benefits.

  • California residents with a CalABLE account are protected from both creditors and repayment of medical assistance. Medi-Cal is prohibited from filing a claim to recover any payments after a beneficiary has died, giving individuals the full opportunity to leave a legacy for loved ones. Families can transfer money from a 529 College Savings Plan to an ABLE account (provided the transfer does not exceed the $15,000 maximum annual contribution).

  • An annual fee of $37 per year is deducted in monthly installments from each CalABLE account. There are also low fees on the underlying investment options plus a state administrative fee. Additional fees apply if you choose not to use certain online features, such as receiving paper statements. CalABLE is California's ABLE Plan, but any eligible individual in the U.S. may open a CalABLE account. Withdraw money when needed.



HOW TO ACCESS?
Just log into your account and request a withdrawal amount. The withdrawal can be sent to your bank electronically or you can request a paper check for a small fee.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Individuals with a disability that occurred before age 26 are eligible to open a CalABLE account.
If you meet this age of onset requirement, and receive benefits under SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and/or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), you are automatically eligible to open a CalABLE account.
If you are not a recipient of SSI and/or SSDI, but still meet the age of onset requirement, you could still be eligible if you meet Social Security’s definition and criteria regarding significant functional limitations and receive a letter of certification from a licensed physician.
While CalABLE is California’s ABLE Plan, any eligible individual in the country can open an account.
 
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​CFILC Statement on Restraints & Seclusion December 12th, 2018

It’s been nearly a week since news outlets began reporting on the devastating tragedy of a disabled student who lost his life while at school in El Dorado Hills, California. Restraining a human being, a student, to the point of death or for any reason is unacceptable.  We, the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC), are deeply saddened and dismayed to learn about the death of Max Benson, a student with autism from Guiding Hands School on November 28. The information circulating about the incident reminds us that our advocacy to end restraints and seclusion needs to be prioritized.  
 
CFILC, a membership organization of 22 Independent Living Centers, we believe that all students should be provided with care, dignity and respect. Restraint and seclusion is not the answer. AB 2657 (Weber), sponsored by Disability Rights California (DRC) and passed by Governor Brown this year is another step towards ending such horrible practices. CFILC applauds DRC for it’s efforts and will continue to work towards eliminating restraints and seclusion to keep all students safe in school. 
 
CFILC stands in solidarity with the Benson’s family, survivors of seclusion and restraint, and our larger disability rights community.
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Applications due soon! Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship December 7th, 2018

Image titled Dinah F. B. Cohen DREAM Mentoring Fellowship includes a photo of fellowship namesake, Dinah F.B. Cohen, as a young woman. Dinah was a Jewish American woman with a disability, short dark hair, and dark eyes. In this image she is wearing a white blouse and black jacket and smiling up at the camera. Logos for NDMC and DREAM appear in the lower left corner of Dinah's photo.
Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM) is accepting applications for the Dinah F. B. Cohen DREAM Disability Mentoring Fellowship through December 15, 2018!

In partnership with the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC), the DREAM Board is excited to offer a new internship opportunity for college students and recent graduates interested in disability mentoring and leadership! This is a 3-month part-time paid position with expenses paid to participate in the National Mentoring Summit and Capitol Hill Day in D.C. at the end of January 2019. The position will be customized for degree and career interests with the inclusive mentoring advocacy work of the NDMC and DREAM.

The namesake of this fellowship program is Dinah F.B. Cohen, a long-time disability rights leader and the Jewish-American daughter of holocaust survivors, who dedicated her life to networking, mentoring, and guiding the careers of others. In honor her life and legacy, the NDMC and DREAM encourages applications from young adults with disabilities who represent multiply-marginalized groups.

This is a 3-month part-time paid position with expenses paid to participate in the National Mentoring Summit and Capitol Hill Day in D.C. The position will be customized for degree and career interests with the inclusive mentoring advocacy work of the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) and the student leadership work of Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM).

For more information and to apply, visit https://ndmc.pyd.org/fellowship/. Applications are due by December 15th!

Questions? Contact Derek Shields, NDMC Director, at dshields@forwardworks.net or Kim Elmore, DREAM Coordinator, at kimwpelmore@gmail.com.
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YLF Student Application Deadline Extended! November 29th, 2018

The deadline for students to apply for 2019 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) has been extended! The new deadline is January 6, 2019.
 
The YLF program will be held July 15-19, 2019, at California State University, Sacramento.
 
The YLF is a five-day residential self-advocacy and leadership development summer youth program held on a college campus. It is a great opportunity for students who have been identified as potential leaders to participate in leadership development. Please share this information with your network.
 
Students must complete an application, write an essay, and provide letters of recommendation. Students will also be interviewed by a team in their local communities. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected. We are targeting students who are sophomores and juniors during the 2018-19 school year. However, some seniors will be accepted as well. YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to ylf@dor.ca.gov. Again, the deadline to apply has been extended to January 6, 2019.
 
The 2019 application and related documents, including an outreach flyer, can be found at http://www.dor.ca.gov/YLF/YLF-Delegate-Info.html. All information can be shared through your distribution channels. Please print the flyer and post in your offices and share with your networks.
 
Thank you for your continued support!
 
If you have any questions, please contact Daniel Gounder at (855) 894-3436 or Daniel.Gounder@dor.ca.gov.
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Celebrate Independent Living by Giving. #GivingTuesday❀ November 26th, 2018

Light blue and white background with the #GivingTuesday heart logo. The text reads #GivingTuesday Celebrate Independent Living by Giving!
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and its Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud program invite you to celebrate Independent Living by giving on Tuesday, November 27!
 


 πŸ• $25 can provide a meal (pizza and refreshments for a YO! Disabled and Proud event). πŸ•

🚌 $50 can pay for a bus/train ticket for a community member to attend Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD)
via the Teresa Favuzzi Mobilization Fund (TFMF)🚌

πŸ‘‹ $100 can provide a YO! Volunteer (age 16-28) with a stipend for 1 month. πŸ‘‹

✈ $150 can pay for airfare to Sacramento for a community member to attend DCAD via TFMF✈

πŸ†˜ $200 can provide tools and devices to those impacted by a natural disaster via the Richard Devylder Disaster Relief Fund.πŸ†˜

 [πŸ™Œ] $500 can make a huge difference in a program of your choice [πŸ™Œ]
YO! Disabled and Proud, the Richard Devylder Disaster Relief Fund, or the Teresa Favuzzi Mobilization Fund (TFMF)

Thank you in advance for making Giving Tuesday an opportunity to support Californians living independently!

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Youth Leadership Forum Deadline Extended! November 14th, 2018

The 2019 YLF Student Application (PDF) is now available and the deadline to apply is extended to November 25.
Group photo of youth and adults with disabilities outside, in front of the California State Capitol Building.

What is YLF?
The California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) is a self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities who are sophomores and juniors in high school. The 2019 YLF is tentatively scheduled for July 15-19 at the California State University, Sacramento (pending funding availability).

Students stay overnight in college dorms for the college experience. During the program, students learn about employment resources, additional educational opportunities, independence and assistive technology. This video shows the activities of the week.

If you have any questions: Please call (855) 894-3436 or Email: YLF@dor.ca.gov
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CFILC Welcomes 2 New Youth Organizers November 14th, 2018

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) is happy to announce that two new Youth Organizers have joined the CFILC team. The Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud program now includes Vanessa Cuellar and Raelyn Keys.

Profile photos of our two new staff members.

The two Youth Organizers will ensure that the YO! program continues to connect, organize and  educate Californians with disabilities (ages 16-28).
Learn more about them in the CFILC Staff Page.
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2019 PAID Fellowship for Self-Advocates November 6th, 2018

The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center (SARTAC) is accepting applications for its 2019 PAID Fellowship for Self-Advocates. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities would like to be an organization/department to work on creative projects with a self-advocate with an innovative idea.
 
Applications Now Open for 6 PAID Fellowships for Self-Advocates!
 
What is a Fellowship?
A fellowship is a one-year project. You design a project that:

  • is about self-advocacy.

  • and helps solve problems that many people have.


Fellows work on their projects about 6 hours each week. SARTAC pays Fellows $5,000 to complete their projects. Find an organization near you to work with you on your project. Your project must end with a report or products others can use. Six Fellows will be chosen this year. This is the 3rd year we have had Fellowships.
 
***Deadline to apply: Thursday, December 20, 2018, 5 pm (Pacific time)
 
How to apply: Fill out the online form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SARTAC_Fellows19
 
Want to learn more first to decide if you want to apply?


Questions?
Ask Riana Hardin (she/her)
Self-Advocacy Coordinator at the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
3831 North Freeway Blvd, Suite 125,  Sacramento, CA  95834
Main: 916-263-7919  |  Fax: 916-263-7963
Direct: 916-263-8196 | 
Email: Riana.Hardin@scdd.ca.gov 
Website: http://www.scdd.ca.gov
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Seeking NorCal Youth with Disabilities for Video Project September 19th, 2018

FREED Center for Independent Living in Nevada City, California, is creating a video project focused on the stories and experiences of youth with disabilities.
Specifically seeking youth:

  • Ages 14-24 who identify as having any disability

  • Who live in the following counties:

    • Colusa

    • Nevada

    • Sierra

    • Sutter

    • Yuba




If you or someone that you know may be interested in being interviewed for this project, please contact FREED's Media Coordinator, Liam Lambert: liam@freed.org
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Disabled & Proud Online Student Conference: October 11-13, 2018 September 11th, 2018

To students with disabilities and disability services providers at Bakersfield College:
 
The National Center for College Students with Disabilities (NCCSD) and the DREAM (Disability Rights, Education, Activism and Mentoring) student group are proud to announce:
The 2018 Disabled & Proud Conference: Leading Change
An online conference for college students with disabilities
October 11-13, 2018
All college students with disabilities and culturally Deaf students are welcome, as well as students with chronic mental and physical health conditions, and students with intellectual disabilities who are auditing or in transition programs.  Nondisabled student allies are invited, too! 
For more information, visit www.DisabledandProud.org.   
 
Please forward this email to your networks, or share conference posters available at www.DisabledandProud.org (look for the “Download Posters” button on the home page).  Visual descriptions of the posters are below.
 
For more information about the NCCSD, please see www.NCCSDonline.org or check out our Clearinghouse of resources at www.NCCSDClearinghouse.org.  DREAM’s website is at www.DREAMCollegeDisability.org.  The NCCSD and DREAM are funded by a grant to the Association on Higher Education And Disability (AHEAD) (www.ahead.org) through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education (P116D150005).
Any questions?  Need this email or the posters in other formats?  Send an email to NCCSD@ahead.org or DREAM@ahead.org.  Or call us toll-free at 844-730-8048 (ASL users can call 651-583-7499 VP).
 
Wendy Harbour, Director of the NCCSD
Kimberly Elmore, Student Director of DREAM
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Ability Tools AppreciATes Grandparents. Do You? September 4th, 2018


Ability Tools is celebrating Grandparents' Appreciation by sharing photos and stories between now and September 9th.
Share a fond memory and/or photos showing off grandparents and grandkids using assistive technology (AT) via:

  1. Email: socialmedia@cfilc.org

  2. Directly onto the Ability Tools Facebook post.)

  3. Share on your favorite social media platform (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn). Be sure to use #appreciATegrands 


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Free Webinar Addressing Lack of Disabled Housing Issue August 21st, 2018

Please join The Kelsey on Tuesday, August 21st at 2pm PST/5pm EST for an interactive webinar titled "More Than a Problem: Exploring the Opportunity of Inclusive Community." Link to The Kelsey webinar registration page.

The Kelsey is working to solve the disability housing crisis by building affordable and inclusive communities in the Bay Area. Register for the webinar to learn about The Kelsey’s model and what they’ve learned to date, provide feedback on their approach, and find out how to get involved.

More info on The Kelsey can be found at www.thekelsey.org, or feel free to reach out to Lindsay directly at lindsay@thekelsey.org
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Bay Area: Superfest Disability Film Festival 8/29 August 10th, 2018

Superfest Disability Film Festival Logo with Film Reel
Join Us "Under The Stars" For An 

OUTDOOR Superfest Showcase

 
Enjoy a night “out” at the movies at our first-ever outdoor Superfest Showcase!
Bring candy, food, drinks, blankets, & friends! There will be limited chairs and tables, so feel free to bring your own seating arrangements.

When: Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 8:00pm-9:30pm
Where: Redwood City Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

All entertainment will have open captions and audio description. 
If you have any additional access requests, please email superfestshowcase@gmail.com by August 19, 2018. For all other questions, email superfestshowcase@gmail.com.
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So Cal Training 8/16: Learn about 3D Printing and More! August 9th, 2018

Two photos: (1) Photo of a woman without arms using a grabber with her mouth to obtain an object. (2) Photo of one man standing, using a hearing device and wearing glasses; a woman standing in between a device that allows a wheelchair user to pull their pants up. Graphic: California with a map pin in the southern region: Claremont. Ability Tools logo: A program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers.

Attention Inland Empire:
Learn about emerging assistive technology from Pants Up Easy and 3D printing from Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL) with Ability Tools.


  • Pants Up Easy - The World's First and Only Product to Help Wheelchair Users & Others With Mobility Impairments To Pull Up Their Pants Independently.

  • Service Center for Independent Life (SCIL) - Independent Living Center providing FREE services such as Assistive Technology Coordination, Advocacy, Transition Assistance, Computer Skills Training, Resume Building, SSI Benefits Help and so much more.


WHAT: ABILITY TOOLS Southern CA Training 
EVENT TYPE: In-Person Training 
WHEN: Thursday, August 16th, 2018 • 10:00AM - 3:00PM (PST)
WHERE: Services for Independent Life • 107 Spring St. • Claremont , CA 91711
* * *
This training is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please register to attend: http://abilitytools.org/training-events/training-registration.php

Accommodations:
If you need additional accommodation(s) to participate in an Ability Tools training or event, requests must be made ten business days prior to the training or event by emailing us at accommodations@abilitytools.org or contacting 1-800-390-2699 or 1-800-900-0706 TTY.
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Apply now: 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards August 7th, 2018

Logo for American Association of People with Disabilities
2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2018


Black and White photo of Paul G. Hearne, white male with mustache smiling, wearing a suit and tie.Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.

Two (2) individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing project or initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

The recipients of the 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Emerging Leader Awards will be honored among national disability leaders at the AAPD Leadership Awards Gala, held in Washington, DC on March 12, 2019. 
 

*** Applications for the 2019 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards are due by 5pm Eastern Time on October 1, 2018.***



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Show your Disability Pride and get FREE YO swag! July 13th, 2018

Instagram photo of disabled youth of Asian decent smiling, wearing a crown of flowers, eyeglasses, and a pink checkered shirt. Text reads: Disability Pride Photo & Hashtag for Free Swag! Instagram Photo Challenge. How to Enter: 1. Follow YO! on Instagram. 2. Post a photo of you living your best life, thanks to the ADA. Use #YOADA28. 3. Tag 3 friends and challenge them to show their disability pride. YO logo.
This July, the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and all of its programs are celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by giving away YO! swag-- Disability Pride posters, buttons, and tees!

How to enter:
1. Follow YO! on Instagram: @yodisabledandproud
2. Post a photo of you living your best life, thanks to the ADA. Use #YOADA28.
3. Tag 3 friends and challenge them to show their disability pride.
(Extra credit: describe the photo in your caption.)

YO! Will contact folks showing the most Disability Pride in their photos to send prizes. Please note: we are only able to send prizes to participants within the U.S.
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Congrats to 2018 Rooted in Writing Fellows July 10th, 2018

 
✎ MEET OUR ROOTED IN WRITING FELLOWS! ✎


Rooted in Rights is proud to announce the start of the inaugural Rooted in Writing Fellowship. With over 90 submissions, selecting our finalists was a truly competitive process.

Please join us in congratulating our two Fellows, Christian McMahon and Angela Lemus-Mogrovejo! Christian and Angela will be working with Rooted in Rights to share their powerful, unique writing on disability rights issues.

Meet the Rooted in Writing Fellows:
Christian is smiling into the camera with his back against a brick wall.Christian McMahon is a disabled trans writer living in Sacramento, California as well as the communications specialist for The Arc of California. His work has appeared in publications including the Toast, Catapult, and BuzzFeed, among others.




Angela is facing a mirror while taking a picture of herself with her smartphone.Angela Lemus-Mogrovejo is a twenty-five year old disabled, transgender femme/woman of color working and writing to make a stable life for herself in the Inland Empire area. As an artist, she writes poetry and essays in the hopes of uplifting the ongoing efforts of disabled QTPOC artists and communities in imagining/creating a better world for us all. A better world is possible and she hopes to play her part in making it be realized.

 
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You're invited: CKB YLF Networking Luncheon 7/19 June 26th, 2018

Catherine Kelly Baird YLF Networking Luncheon Thursday, July 19th, 2018 12:00pm - 2:30pm Sacramento Convention Center (Room 202-204) YLF Alumni Presentations & Keynote by Disability Comedian Nina G. Tickets are $40 a person. For more information, please email CKBLuncheon@calylf.org.Want to make a difference in California youth with disabilities?
Join us at the Catherine Kelly Baird YLF Networking Luncheon on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at the Sacramento Convention Center. Community members will be seated with delegates of the 2018 Youth Leadership Forum in attendance.

Catherine Kelly Baird YLF Networking Luncheon 
Thursday, July 19th, 2018
12:00pm - 2:30pm
Sacramento Convention Center (Room 202-204)

YLF Alumni Presentations & Keynote by Disability Comedian Nina G. 
Tickets are $40 a person. For more information, please email CKBLuncheon@calylf.org.

Reserve your spot today: https://yodisabledproud.org/ylf-luncheon/

Learn more about Catherine Kelly Baird
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Youth Leadership Summit for San Bernardino County (Apply now!) June 26th, 2018

Rolling Start, Inc. Leadership Summit 2018 Flyer. Images of a tent, trees, sun, and photos of previous campers. Text reads: August 17th-19th, For Disabled Youth Ages 14-22Yrs. Camp Teresita Pines. Wrightwood, CA. Emergency Preparedness - Culinary Creations - Job Seeking Skills - Arts & Crafts - Music - Team BuildingRolling Start is excited to announce that it has now opened up its registration list for the Youth Leadership Summit at Teresita Pines in the mountains near Wrightwood. It's open to all youth with a disability between the ages of 14 and 22.
It's a weekend of learning new skills and having some summer fun like, swimming, archery, a climbing wall and more. The camp is fully accessible and there's no cost to you. 

Contact Rolling Start now to reserve a spot to join us in all of the camping fun. Spaces are filling up fast!

Contact: Antonio Alcantar
Phone: (909) 890-9516
Email: Aalcandar@Rollingstart.com
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Deadline Extended: DIA Children's Art and Young Adult Essay Contests June 20th, 2018

The deadline to submit content for the Disability Integration Act Children’s Art Contest and Young Adult Essay Contest has been extended to Tuesday, June 26, 2018. 
All submissions must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on June 26. Please visit our website for complete details, guidelines, and contest rules: 

Good luck to all contest participants!
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Take Action for MFP on the Olmstead Anniversary! June 19th, 2018

​National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) logoThis Thursday, June 22, 2018, is the 19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision cementing the ADA’s integration mandate. To commemorate the day, NCIL is joining other national disability organizations in hosting a National Call-In Day for the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 and H.R. 5306). 
Since Money Follows the Person (MFP) began in 2005, over 75,000 disabled people have been liberated from institutions, and CILs have played a critical role in that. But MFP expired on September 30, 2016, and states are starting to scale back and end their programs. In fact, last year was the first time the number of people transitioned into the community declined. We need your advocacy to get the House and Senate to pass the EMPOWER Care Act to re-authorize and fund MFP!  

Take Action! 
Congress must save and fund MFP, and they need to hear from us! Please urge your Senators and Representative to continue the Money Follows the Person program by co-sponsoring the EMPOWER Care Act! 

  • Participate in Thursday’s National Call-In Day! Call your Senators and Representative and urge them to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act! All members of Congress can be reached by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY). Find more information, including talking points, at the Facebook event. RSVP and share widely!

  • Use Social Media! Post on Facebook and Tweet at your members of Congress. Find your Members’ Twitter handles and other contact information on Contacting Congress. Make sure to use the hashtag #FundMFP in your posts. You can find more information, including sample Tweets, at the Facebook event. For more tips, please visit: https://medicaid.publicrep.org/events/social-media-day-for-community-living/

  • Email your members of Congress! Customize a message to your Members of Congress online.

  • Continue sharing your stories with NCIL! See the previous alert for more details about the stories we’re looking for. The original deadline passed, but NCIL is still looking for your stories about the importance of community living! Email: ncil@ncil.org


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Santa Barbara: Youth Transition Workshop June 14th, 2018


The Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC) will be hosting its first quarterly group workshop on: June 30th 2018
It will take place at 423 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 from 10:30am-3:30pm
It is centrally located and close to public transit lines.
 
RSVPs are due by this Friday, June 15th. 
 
It will take place at: 423 W Victoria St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101 
It is centrally located and close to public transit lines.
 
For those living outside of the Santa Barbara area, we can help with possible carpool connections, but beyond that transportation is not provided.
 
Activities, games, lunch, and snacks will be provided.
 
The workshop will cover topics such as:

  • Independence/Independent Living Skills

  • Employment

  • Advocacy

  • Mentorship

  • Community

  • Systems Change

  • Housing 

  • Post-Secondary Education 


 ILRC’s advocates will provide education on disability history and culture.
 
There will be various agencies sharing information regarding services they offer.
 
A mini tabling session will take place during lunch for attendees to learn more about various resources they might be interested in. 
 
The application for RSVP is attached to this email.
This event is wheelchair accessible.

Please email Alexa Martin at amartin@ilrc-trico.org to RSVP for this event, with any questions, or any accommodation needs! This space is wheelchair accessible.
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Join #RaisingYouthVoice Twitter Chat June 5th, 2018

Two young women of color smiling, seated in the library at a computer.
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
is hosting this event to share and discuss resources produced by the National Youth Action Council on Transition (YouthACT). Each day we’ll feature one resource relevant to transition to adulthood (employment, postsecondary education, health) and post questions and activities for participants. Youth are especially encouraged to participate in both the campaign and the Twitter chat.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/news_post/join-raisingyouthvoice-twitter-chat/ 
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Announcing the 2018 TCE Youth Awards! May 25th, 2018


Nominations are now OPEN for the first-ever TCE Youth Awards!

The California Endowment (TCE) Youth Awards will celebrate young leaders across the state who embody the values of TCE through civic engagement and bold leadership within their communities. These young people look at injustice as an opportunity to think creatively and act relentlessly. 

Nomination deadline is on June 8th, but why wait? Nominate incredible young change-makers in your community today!

Not leaders of tomorrow, but leaders of today. We have proof:
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Help More Youth Benefit from DOR Student Services May 7th, 2018


Provide your feedback -- Let your voice be heard -- help more youth with disabilities benefit from DOR Student Services!


The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) strongly believes in the talent and potential of students with disabilities. With DOR’s redefined focus to serve more youth, we would like to connect with more students, parents, teachers, service providers and other interested community members. Back in February, we collaborated with all of DOR’s team managers to come up with some statements that could help inform our position and messaging regarding Student Services. After narrowing these statements down, we’d like to ask all of you to take our short survey and provide feedback. Your feedback is valuable in this process since these statements will help inform future messaging and outreach materials.

Please respond to this survey by Friday, May 11.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9VGRSX6
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Seeking youth to serve on KASA National Advisory Board May 4th, 2018


The Kids as Self Advocates (KASA) Project of Family Voices, is seeking youth with disabilities & health care needs to serve on our National Advisory Board.  We are seeking youth with a disability and/or health care need, between the ages of 13 and 26 to serve on the all-youth volunteer Advisory Board, which is responsible for strategic planning for the growing project, program planning, activities and outreach.  KASA works to help support youth to have control over their lives and future through peer-support and training, changing systems to include us and educating youth about their rights.
 
The Advisory Board meets monthly, by teleconference, via a free conference line or by video conference.
Advisory Board members are expected to spend about 2-4 hours/month  on KASA activities and projects
Opportunities for travel to attend or present at conferences or meetings are occasionally available to those KASA board members who are interested. When possible travel expenses will be provided in advance; all travel will be reimbursed. 
If you meet the following qualifications, please complete the application.  We are looking for:

  • Youth with a disability and/or health care needs who are between 13 and 26 years old

  • Youth who can make a commitment to be on the Board for 2 years 

  • Youth with some leadership experience

  • Youth who are enthusiastic about leadership and advocacy

  • Youth who are interested in learning more about disability history, culture and rights

  • Youth who can work as a team member and who are interested in understanding more about how a project works

  • Youth who are connected to an advocacy or youth group in their community, state or another national organization and/or who are willing to make a commitment to do so.



KASA is a growing network, sharing information through our website and email, on issues that interest and are important to young people with disabilities & chronic health conditions. KASA membership is free and open to anyone who works with and cares about youth with disabilities and/or health care needs. 
  
Send completed applications and inquiries to the address, email or fax below:
KASA/Family Voices 3701 San Mateo Blvd., NE, Suite 103
Albuquerque, NM 87110
Email: bbaker@familyvoices.org
Fax: 505.872.4780
 
 KASA National Advisory Board Member Expectations

 
Participation


  • You must participate in KASA Advisory Board calls [1-2 per month]

  • You must actively participate in our social media efforts including, but not limited to posting content, commenting on content posted by other KASA members and staff, and sharing posts on your own timelines and groups.

  • You must write at least one article or submit a resource to the website each year, or create content for at least 2 social media posts.

  • You must check your email at least once a week or call someone to see what you missed.

  • We work under an Annual Operating Plan that we develop.  You must work on one project a year.  


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Rooted in Writing Fellowship May 4th, 2018


✎ARE YOU ROOTED IN WRITING?✎

Are you passionate about disability rights?  Are you passionate about writing?

If you answered yes to both questions, we want YOU to apply for the new Rooted in Writing Fellowship!  This could be your opportunity to build a strong portfolio of disability rights-focused writing and gain experience that you can use to pursue the writing-related work you’re passionate about.

To learn more about the Rooted in Writing Fellowship, check out this video (below) from Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, and apply for the Rooted in Writing Fellowship at rootedinrights.org/rootedinwriting



Applications are open now through May 21st, so what are you waiting for? Apply now

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Deadline Extended: Apply for NCIL's 2018 Summer Policy Internship Program by Friday, May 4! April 30th, 2018

National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) LogoEach semester, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts 2 internship positions at our office in Washington, DC. The Policy Internship Program provides real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. Interns gain valuable experience in the nation’s capital and build skills necessary to be ideal candidates for open positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations around the country.
The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Candidates must have a strong interest in disability rights and basic knowledge of the legislative process. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. The program lasts approximately 12 weeks, and interns are required to work at least 10-15 hours each week. 
For more information about the NCIL Policy Internship program, visit ncil.org/jobs/ncilinternships. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Lindsay Baran at lindsay@ncil.org. To be considered for the summer internship program, your application must be received by May 4, 2018.  
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Last Weekend to Submit Pics and Win Money! April 27th, 2018

ONE LAST WEEKEND!!!

Show off your assistive technology (AT) this weekend... take pictures and be sure to submit them before Monday 4/30/2018 for a chance to win cash prizes!!

For more info: A.T. Lets Me Photo Contest Details


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Great Opportunity for Youth with Muscular Dystrophy (Ages 16-22) April 26th, 2018

The John Kerr Foundation, along with Tuolumne Trails Campground, is again hosting its Life-Enhancing Retreat, July 12-15, 2018.
 
This 4-day Retreat, set in the beautiful foothills of Yosemite at a fully accessible campground, is an all-expenses-paid opportunity for a select group of young adults (ages 16-22) to participate in daily sessions covering valuable life skills, including information on; Independent Living, Higher Education, Employment, Dating and Relationships, Taking Charge of Healthcare, etc.
 
These sessions are led by adults who are living with Muscular Dystrophy and who are leading full, productive lives.
 
Personal Care Assistants are provided.
 
Applications are now available for qualified young adults who may have interest, and can be obtained by e-mailing johnkerrfoundation@comcast.net or by calling 916-730-8875.
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Seeking 'TED' Talk Style Speakers with Disabilities April 25th, 2018

The planning committee for the Raising Abuse Awareness Event on June 7, 2018 is looking for speakers to provide “TED”-style presentations, approximately 5 minutes in length.  This event will be held at the Tsakapoulos Library Galleria in downtown Sacramento, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.        
 
We are searching for individuals with disabilities or staff working in disability programs willing to share information about an abuse topic that includes solutions.  Examples might include: anti-bullying, a prevention-type program or service.  We do have 1 speaker already confirmed from the Institute on Aging in San Francisco, who will talk about Veterans Aid and Attendant Scam prevention.   
 
For more information, please contact Cheryl Kasai, State Independent Living Council at (916) 445-3005 or email to Cheryl@calsilc.ca.gov
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Seeking qualified students for paid internship at Anthem April 24th, 2018


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Career Opportunities that Transform Health Care
 
Your talent. Our vision.
As one of the nation's leading health benefits companies, Anthem seeks to attract the best talent to help us deliver on our promise to America — better, more compassionate and more affordable health care. At Anthem, one of America’s leading health benefits companies and a Fortune Top 50 Company, there is an exceptional opportunity to do innovative and meaningful work.
Because diversity matters to us, Anthem fosters a culture of inclusion where different backgrounds, perspectives, talents and life experiences come together to create innovative products and services for the people we serve.
 
We are seeking diverse & qualified interns to join our team.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer that goes above and beyond to include and accommodate Individuals with Disabilities, Anthem is looking for smart motivated students who are interested in an opportunity to help define or broaden their career path, and support disability inclusion in the workplace as part of our team. Therefore, students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Our 2018 summer interns will be an integral part of our team of associates in a variety of roles. Interns should be prepared to work in a fast-paced, team environment and will complete their internship having obtained broad experience in various aspects of healthcare, managed care, policy, sales, administrative and management support, communications, outreach, and marketing. Interns will be paid and responsible for supporting their respective Anthem team.
 
Possible roles may include:

  • Disability Policy Engagement —Assist Anthem’s team in ensuring people with disabilities are included in healthcare and essential life discussions that affect independence and access to care and services. Includes research, policy, tracking legislation and engagement with disability stakeholders.

  • Enrollment & Billing – Support teams with managing documentation of inventory, supply chain management and data governance. Responsibilities include receiving In-bound calls, providing excellent customer service, and creating records in our sales database.

  • Diversified Business Group – Support Anthem’s team that focuses on building ο€­ partnerships within and outside of Anthem with the management of Data and client reporting essential to our mission of strategic engagement. ο€­ Health Plan –Support one of Anthem’s leading health plans in their mission through Marketing and Communications.


 
Anthem, Inc. is ranked as one of America’s Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune Magazine, and is a 2017 Diversity Inc. magazine Top 50 Company for Diversity. 56k+ associates Serving over 73 million people through affiliated companies, including 40 million within its family of health plans We are excited to engage students who are currently enrolled and completing undergraduate or graduate degrees for a PAID internship opportunity with flexible hours and diverse experience.
 
Positions in:

  • Cerritos, CA

  • Denver, CO

  • Wallingford, CT

  • Washington, DC

  • Chicago, IL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Cincinnati, OH

  • Richmond, VA


 
For more information on these positions and how to apply, please reach out to khalen.gloeckner@anthem.com
 
Facebook: Anthem Inc. Careers
Twitter: Anthem Inc.
LinkedIn: Anthem Inc.
EOE: M/F/Disability/Veterans
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Share your workplace accommodation experience. April 9th, 2018

Are you a young person who has recently received a workplace accommodation? Or are you currently thinking about disclosing your disability and making a request for accommodation?

If so, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is interested in hearing about your experience. JAN CoDirectors, Lou Orslene and Anne Hirsh, invite you to one of two small discussion groups being held April 13th from 12-1PM PT/3-4 PM ET and April 19th from 3:30 - 4:30 PM PT/6:30 - 7:30 PM ET.

We are continually reviewing our service offerings and assessing their effectiveness. In an effort to evaluate and improve JAN, these discussions are designed to expose current service gaps for the next generation.

If you would like to have a private discussion of your experience, feel free to call JAN and ask for Lou or Anne.
We would be happy to schedule a call to hear of your experiences. All information shared will be confidential.

If you want to share your experience and like to hear what others are experiencing, please consider participating in one of these conference calls.

To participate, please email Orslene@jan.wvu.edu and let us know whether you plan to attend the April 13th or April 19th discussion group.

Sincerely,
Lou Orslene and Anne Hirsh, Job Accommodation Network (JAN) CoDirectors 
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Apply Now for NCIL's Summer Policy Internship Program! April 5th, 2018


Each semester, the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) hosts 2 internship positions at our office in Washington, DC. The Policy Internship Program provides real Washington policy experience to participants at a highly respected national organization. Interns gain valuable experience in the nation’s capital and build skills necessary to be ideal candidates for open positions at NCIL, CILs, and other advocacy organizations around the country. 
The NCIL Policy Internship Program is open to students and individuals pursuing a career in a field relevant to NCIL interests, particularly Independent Living and disability advocacy. Candidates must have a strong interest in disability rights and basic knowledge of the legislative process. Although not a requirement, preference shall be given to individuals with disabilities. The program lasts approximately 12 weeks, and interns are required to work at least 10-15 hours each week. 
For more information about the NCIL Policy Internship program, visit ncil.org/jobs/ncilinternships. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Lindsay Baran at lindsay@ncil.org. To be considered for the summer internship program, your application must be received by April 30. 
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Register NOW: Statewide YO! Disability Pride & Leadership Summit (4/27 - 4/29) April 3rd, 2018

Disability Pride & Leadership Summit Graphic Ad with photo of 4 young adults in hard hats among trees; 2 of them are in wheelchairs. Caption reads: Grizzly Creek, April 27-29. Attention Youth ages 18-28: Disability Pride & Leadership Summit with Accessible Ropes Course Activities. Apply online: www.YODisabledProud.org/events/yo-pride-leadership-summit.php

Three Days at Grizzly Creek Ranch
April 27-29, 2018
Portola, CA


Open to youth and young adults with disabilities between the ages of 18 - 28.

Be a part of the youth-led community organizing campaign to establish Disability Pride Month in California:



  • Build your leadership skills

  • Network with other youth

  • Meet with role models from the disability community



Youth who are selected will have their travel and lodging expenses paid. Apply no later than Friday, April 13, 2018.
This summit is limited to the first 40 qualified youth applicants.


 

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A.T. Lets Me... Photo Contest March 2nd, 2018

Image with a light yellow background showcasing people with different disabilities using assistive technology with the wording "Ability Tools AT Lets Me Photo Contest with four Polaroid images that say,

Enter your favorite photos of individuals using AT
for a chance to win one of three cash prizes!

 

In the disability community, we have all seen how assistive technology (AT) allows many people with disabilities to perform functions that would be difficult without the assistance of another person.

Do you have photographs of people using AT that would look great featured in a magazine? Or even on the cover of a magazine?

Share a glimpse of the world with AT. Submit photos of individuals using AT, showing how the AT makes a difference in their lives.

All types of AT are welcome! AT can be:


  • Low-tech (pencil holders, utensils)

  • High-tech 

  • Hardware

  • Computer hardware/software

  • Inclusive or specialized learning materials/curriculum aids

  • Electronic devices (eye-gaze and head trackers)

  • Medical Devices (wheelchairs, walkers, braces)

  • Power lifts (vehicle and home)  

  • And much more!


Be sure to submit photos by April 23rd, 2018. Please visit abilitytools.org/contests for more details.
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Youth and Parent Institutes at CTEBVI - April 14th February 28th, 2018

Youth Institute 
This event is limited to 50 participants. Youth, ages 14-24, will spend the day attending an institute during the conference geared especially for them. The Braille Institute and Wayfinder Family Service (formerly Junior Blind) are co-sponsoring this event with California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. (CTEBVI).
Sessions will include advocacy, living skills, transition planning, assistive technology, and networking during interactive workshops. Each table will include a facilitator or two of young adults and/or youth staff successfully transitioning to college and/or careers. Part of the day will be in the Exhibit Hall learning about new technologies and other blindness supports.
Following the institute the youth will continue to receive information pertinent to them and hopefully stay connected to the youth and leaders they networked with during their event. The cost is $50 each (which includes lunch and snacks).  There are some scholarships available:  SF Lighthouse, CTEBVI, Workability, the California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (CAPVI).  They do not include travel, parking, lodging.  Just the Institute.
For registration, please visit:  http://www.ctebvi.org/youth.html

Parent Institute
This event is limited to 40 participants. We all know how important the parent is in the success of the child in becoming an independent youth and then a working adult. California Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments (CAPVI) is co-sponsoring this first-ever event. This Parent Institute is a full day of sessions geared to provide support, information, and networking for parents of youth in transition.
Learning from each other’s successes and challenges, parents will be led through interactive sessions to build skills their children will need, as well as how to let go when the children are ready to be independent. The hope is that at the end of the institute the parents will continue to network throughout the year. 
The cost is  $50, which includes lunch, snacks. You will notice that when you get to the payment part, there are 4 possible sources of scholarships:  Braille Institute, Wayfinder (formerly known as Junior Blind), CTEBVI, and CAPVI.  Scholarships do not include travel, parking, or lodging. Just the Institute.  CAPVI will offer 5 parent institute scholarships. To apply, email us at capvinews@gmail.com.
Parent Institute registration: http://www.ctebvi.org/parent.html
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DANY (Disability Action Network for Youth) Conference "A Youth Transition Conference" February 27th, 2018

Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) Is it any less a rose?Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL) presents
DANY (Disability Action Network for Youth) Conference “A Youth Transition Conference”

March 27 and 28, 2018
Shattuck Hotel, Berkeley, CA

The DANY Conference is designed for Youth with Disabilities (18 – 26) and Organizational Staff. The focus of the conference is to learn “how to develop your own DANY Group. Each organization will have up to 3 staff and 4 youth in attendance. Thanks to the Thomas J. Long Foundation, Conference fees and hotel expenses are covered. Organizations will need to pay for their staff time and their own transportation to and from the conference.
 
Attendees will learn the following:
 
How teams can develop their own “DANY” Group within their local area. CRIL Team Members and key supporters will provide valuable tools to support this needed development. 
Attendees will learn about community organizing and coordinating groups.
Attendees will learn leadership skills that will promote self advocacy and group advocacy. 
If you would like your Organization to participate in the DANY Conference, please call Jamie Caron, DANY Community Organizer (510) 881-5743 Ext. 21 before January 31st. Space is limited.
 
Sponsored by the Thomas J. Long Foundation and Community Resources for Independent Living (CRIL)
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Apply Now to be 2018 YLF On-Site Staff! February 22nd, 2018

Various photos of diverse YLF alumni on staff
The 2018 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) has several onsite staff positions available, with the priority given to YLF alumni. If you are interested in applying to serve as a volunteer, or paid onsite staff during YLF week, we are accepting 2018 YLF Staff Applications until February 28, 2018.

To apply, please review the position descriptions and complete the application located at the below link:
 
http://www.dor.ca.gov/YLF/YLF-Staff-Info.html
 
Applications can be emailed to Zak Ford at Zachariah.Ford@dor.ca.gov. They can also be mailed to:
 
YLF/Staff Application
Attn: CCEPD, Zak Ford
721 Capitol Mall, 6th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 855-894-3436
 
Please keep a copy of the application for your records.
 
If you have questions or need additional information about the application process, please call 855-894-3436 or email mail ylf@dor.ca.gov.
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Next Week: APRIL Opportunity for ADA Youth Training February 7th, 2018

The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) has resources, trainings, leadership opportunities, and material for youth, youth programs, youth staff, and others that are passionate about interaction, young adults and youth!
 
YOUTH and YOUNG ADULTS
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Youth Training
 
FREE
APRILs Youth Advocacy Committee is hosting a Teleconference/Webinar training for youth and young adults to learn more about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) law and how people with disabilities are protected.  We will be hosting a 7-session training that will be teaching the different areas of the law and how to understand it as it impacts part of a youth with disabilities life, so they can strengthen their advocacy. We are inviting all youth and young adults with and without disabilities.  We are encouraging all organizations, CILs, and SILCs to gather youth and young adults to participate in this interactive training. The training will have information and material about the ADA.  Along with interactive discussion and activities.  We look forward to having everyone join us.  To register please follow the link below. If you know of others that might be interested please forward this along!! Remember this training is free to all youth and young adults!!!
 
Register TODAY
It starts February 14th, 2018 at 4:00pm EST
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4122289/ADA-Youth-Training
 
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to Sierra Royster, Youth Programs Coordinator to walk you through the different programs and/or to learn more!!

Sierra Royster 
Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) 
Youth Programs Coordinator 
P:919-567-3602
april-sierra@att.net 
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Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Award Applications Being Accepted January 24th, 2018

Date:               January 24, 2018
Subject:          Official Message from the State Director of Special Education
 
The California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) is now accepting applications for the 2017–18 Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning (GOAL) award. Deadline for submission is 5 p.m., February 15, 2018.
 
To highlight best practices and “what is working” in California for students with disabilities, the ACSE is seeking to recognize exemplary local educational agencies, schools, school-systems, initiatives, programs, and practices (hereby referred to as “Programs”) that result in positive outcomes for students with disabilities in the State of California. Established by the ACSE with financial support from Hollywood producer Brian Grazer and his family, the GOAL award recognizes these innovative and replicable Programs with a monetary award, and encourages implementation of these Programs throughout California. Additional information may be found on the Grazer Outstanding Achievement in Learning Web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/se/as/acsegoalaward.asp.
 
If you have any questions regarding this subject, please contact Matt Traverso, Associate Governmental Program Analyst, Special Education Division, by phone at 916-323-3308, or by e-mail at mtraverso@cde.ca.gov.
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Ed's Legacy: Ed Roberts Day Twitter Chat 1/23 January 19th, 2018


Join us as we discuss who Ed Roberts was and how his legacy lives on in the disability community to this day!

#EdsLegacy
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CFILC Announces 2018 YO! Youth Advisory Council Members January 12th, 2018

Photos of the 7 YAC Members: (L-R) Armand B., Ian D., Alexa M., Sara M., Alise S., Tiffany T., Priscilla W.
PRESS RELEASE
For immediate release, January 9, 2018
Contact: Kyla Aquino Irving, (916) 325-1690 Ext. 304

 

The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Announces its 2018 YO! Disabled & Proud Youth Advisory Council
Seven Diverse Youth with Disabilities Chosen as Representatives

 
(SACRAMENTO, CALIF.) - The California Foundation for Independent Living (CFILC)’s Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud program today announced that seven Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members have been selected to serve as advisors of California’s youth transition program thanks to the generous support of funding made available through AT&T.
The Youth Advisory Council is a group of youth with disabilities that ensures that YO! Disabled and Proud is guided by the leadership insight of young advocates who each serve for two years. The duty of each YAC member is to provide valuable input on policy issues, community organizing campaigns and transition priorities.
The seven youth that have been chosen for the YAC are accomplished and passionate young activists respectfully engaged in the field of disability advocacy. Although YAC council members have different disabilities, backgrounds and perspectives, they are profoundly connected through their shared goal of making the world a better place for disabled youth.

The Youth Advisory Council includes:

  • Armand B. of San Dimas, 25, is a disability advocate and Senior at Cal Poly Pomona.

  • Ian D., 19, is a disability advocate from Castro Valley.

  • Alexa M., 27, is a disability advocate and After-school Team Leader at Luther Burbank High in Sacramento.

  • Sara M., 26, is a disability advocate from Palo Alto.

  • Alise S., 24, is an artist and disability advocate from San Pablo.

  • Tiffany T., 28, is a performer and disability advocate from San Pablo.

  • Priscilla W., 26, is a disability advocate and Candidate for a Masters in Social Work from Sacramento.



To learn more about each individual YAC member, please visit the YO! YAC page: http://yodisabledproud.org/volunteer/volunteer-membership.php?membership=Youth%20Advisory%20Council

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About Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud
Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud is a program of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) that connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities. YO! gives youth leadership opportunities, social networks, resources and more. YO! is for youth with disabilities to be proud of who we are and what we can achieve and endeavors to stay true to the motto, “Nothing about us, without us.”
To learn more, please visit: yodisabledproud.org
 
About the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC)
The California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) registered 501(c)(3) non-profit Corporation that increases access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities by building the capacity of Independent Living Centers throughout California. To learn more, please visit: cfilc.org
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YLF Deadline Extended: Apply for 2018 Youth Leadership Forum Now January 5th, 2018

Do you know a student with a disability who is a junior or senior in high school between the ages of 16-18 years old? Does that student show leadership in her/his community? If so, have them apply to the 2018 Youth Leadership Forum (YLF). The Deadline to apply has been extended to January  31, 2018. 

What is the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)?
YLF is a five-day summer youth leadership program for students with disabilities. The 2018 YLF will take place on July 15-20 at California State University, Sacramento. There is no program or travel cost for parents to pay. All students’ expenses are sponsored through a public-private partnership.

How are delegates chosen?
Students must complete an application, write an essay and provide letters of recommendations. Students will also be interviewed for a spot in the YLF. All YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to ylf@dor.ca.gov. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected.

Students who are selected for a spot in the YLF will be contacted in spring. Parents or guardians will also receive additional detailed YLF information at that time. 

What does YLF provide attendees?
The YLF program offers peer mentoring on careers, independent living and offers resources for students to become independent. Students hear from professionals with disabilities in their chosen fields. Finally, students will have fun and meet lifelong friends.

How do students apply?
To apply for the YLF, students should visit our website at: www.dor.ca.gov/ylf.  

  1. At the YLF Information Links, select Delegate Info. Page with 2018 YLF Application.

  2. Next, select and complete the 2018 YLF Application.  There is also a link called ‘YLF Instructions’ to assist applicants with completing the application.


Interviews will be conducted with students and our goal is to make final delegate determinations by March/April 2018.

Additional questions?
Please call the California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities office at 855-894-3436.
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Family Voices of California Health Summit: Youth & Young Adult Track January 4th, 2018

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Feb 26, 2018 / 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. / FREE
Holiday Inn / 300 J Street / Sacramento

Would you like a dedicated, parent-free space to learn about, discuss, and expand your knowledge of disability-specific health care issues? Family Voices of California, in partnership with YO! Disabled & Proud, is hosting an all-day session for youth and young adults with disabilities.
As part of the larger Health Summit & Legislative day, the youth track will teach attendees how to advocate for their own health care, prepare for and navigate transition, and much more.
We encourage you to join us for this event to hear from a variety of experts and network with your peers!

Register: www.bit.ly/2xw3GSL (select the 'Youth Track' option)
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Application open for 2018 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy January 3rd, 2018

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The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2018 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy! The ACI Summer Leadership Academy prepares autistic students to do disability advocacy at their colleges. Accepted students will travel to Washington, DC and participate in advocacy training from June 16th to June 23rd, 2018. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in the government. ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all Academy students.

To learn more information and to apply:  http://autisticadvocacy.org/2018/01/aci-2018-applications-now-open/

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Sex-Ability Survey: Disability Community Feedback Needed August 21st, 2017

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The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Youth Caucus needs YOUR participation for a Sex-Ability Survey. ALL AGES NEEDED.
Please know that all survey entries are anonymous and the results are kept confidential.

Provide your feedback regarding sex and disability -- Sex-Ability Survey
***Survey closes Friday, August 25, 2017***


About the NCIL Youth Caucus

The National Council on Independent Living is committed to embracing and enhancing the value of diverse populations of people with disabilities. The NCIL Youth Caucus, a part of the NCIL Diversity Committee, is open to all NCIL youth members, ages 26 and under, who want to connect and advocate for change with other youth with disabilities.

The Youth Caucus is committed to cultivating a safe and empowering space for youth with disabilities to engage in the Independent Living (IL) and disability rights movement by enhancing youth participation and leadership at NCIL.

The newly re-launched NCIL Youth Caucus could be a great fit for you. It is a place where each member has the opportunity to voice their ideas about national policies that affect people with disabilities and facilitate change. We have monthly calls on various days of each month. Please contact Jessica Jimenez for more information at jessica@scil-ilc.org.
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Apply now: 2018 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards August 14th, 2017


2018 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards
Deadline to Apply: October 2, 2017



Through the AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards, AAPD recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, Photo of Paul G. Hearne, an advocate and visionary leader with a lifelong disability who achieved success as a nonprofit executive, foundation president, federal agency director, and mentor to countless people with disabilities. A passionate advocate for increased employment of people with disabilities, Paul opened doors for thousands through his leadership of Just One Break, an employment agency for people with disabilities in New York City, and The Dole Foundation for Employment of People with Disabilities in Washington, DC.advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.
 


Two (2) individuals will each receive $2,500 in recognition of their outstanding contributions and $7,500 to further a new or existing initiative that increases the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

The recipients of the 2018 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award will honored among national disability leaders at the 2018 AAPD Leadership Awards Gala on March 13, 2018 in Washington, DC.
 
Applications for the 2018 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards are due by 5pm Eastern Time on October 2, 2017.
Click here to APPLY to the 2018 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards.

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Disability Film Festival Seeking Independent Contractor July 28th, 2017

Seeking Independent Contractor:
Help Superfest International Disability Film Festival Reach New Audiences through Superfest Showcase Initiative


For 30 years, Superfest International Disability Film Festival, the longest running disability film festival in the world, has showcased disability as a creative force in cinema and culture. We have recently launched an initiative to bring Superfest to new constituents via “Superfest Showcases.” These are free public screenings of the previous years’ selected films for middle/high schools, colleges, libraries, and community centers. Each screening is accompanied by an open, facilitated conversation about the lessons these films teach us all.

We are seeking to work with an independent contractor who will expand the festival’s reach in the greater Bay Area, Sacramento, and Los Angeles and provide outreach and logistics coordination to make 10 new Showcases possible. The Showcase coordinator will work with both the LightHouse for the Blind and the Longmore Institute on Disability but the position will be directly supervised by the Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University.

Compensation: ~ $22/hr, 550 hours spread out over 10-month span, commensurate with experience.

Qualifications:

  • Experience organizing accessible events.

  • Confidence with public speaking.

  • Basic understanding of disability representations in media.

  • Strong writing and editing skills to develop promotional materials.

  • Organized, detail-oriented, and self-driven.

  • Hours are flexible but must provide some availability 9 to 5 M-F for planning calls.

  • Availability to travel to possible Showcase sites (travel outside the Bay Area will be reimbursed).

  • Located in Greater Bay Area.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Personal experience with disability.

  • Background in disability studies and/or film studies.

  • Graphic design skills.


To learn more about the festival, visit: superfestfilm.com
To learn more about the Longmore Institute on Disability, visit: longmoreinstitute.sfsu.edu

The Longmore Institute values people from diverse backgrounds and welcomes the opportunity to think through any accommodations that would be necessary for a person with a disability to fill this contract.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume or CV to Emily Beitiks, beitiks@sfsu.edu.

Applications will be received until the contract is filled with a goal to start on this project as soon as possible. This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Neda Nobari Foundation.
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