Disability Capitol Action Day April 19th, 2017

Disability Capitol Action Day (DCAD) is one of the nation's largest and most diverse yearly day of cross disability and unity. Thousands of people with disabilities and their allies came together to celebrate coalition at the State Capitol. People come together in unity for our day at the Capitol. Participants will have the chance to honor the champions of the disability rights movement and motivate our future leaders with disabilities.

Date & Time: June 13 2017 10am - 3pm
Location: Cesar E Chavez Plaza Downtown Sacramento Sacramento, CA 95814

For more information please visit http://disabilityactioncoalition.org

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SARTAC Recruiting Self-Advocates for Policy Leadership Fellowships March 27th, 2017

Paid Fellowship Opportunity!
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered is pleased to announce the Self Advocacy Resource and Training Center (SARTAC) Policy Fellowship Program. It is an amazing paid opportunity for self-advocates. A self-advocate can earn up to $5000. SARTAC is recruiting self-advocate leaders and host organizations for the first year of the program. Please click here for the SARTAC Policy Leadership Fellowship Application and Flyer.

When is the deadline to apply? 
The host organization and fellow will complete the application together by 5:00pm EST on April 12th, 2017

When does the fellowship begin and end? 
The fellowships will begin on June 1st and end on May 31st. There will be 6 fellows chosen each year for a total of 24 over the next 4 years. 

Webinar for more info:
There will also be a webinar to review requirements for the Fellowship and answer questions regarding our Self Advocacy Leadership Fellowship Program scheduled for Thursday, March 30th. Noon Pacific/ 1:00 Mountain/ 2:00 Central/ 3:00 Eastern 

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Teresa Moore
SARTAC Director
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YLF Student Applicant Deadline Extended! March 17th, 2017

The deadline for the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) student applicants is extended to March 30, 2017. YLF is on August 1-4, 2017 at CSU, Sacramento, pending funding availability. We are looking for students who are juniors or seniors in high school!
We are urging that students send their application, essay and letters of recommendations by March 30, 2017. The student application and information guide are located on the YLF website. Encourage students to email their application to <YLF@dor.ca.gov>. Please note: applicants over the age of 18 will be subject to a background screening.
This is a competitive process and not all students will be chosen.  After receiving their application, students will be interviewed. Our goal is to make final delegate determinations by April and May 2017.  
Please work with your local DOR office to ensure that YLF applicants are either consumers or are applying to become consumers, so that they are in Plan at the time that YLF occurs. 
If you have additional questions, please call us at (855) 894-3436.
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Public Forum for Youth Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment March 15th, 2017

Please join the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) on March 23, 2017, for a public forum.  The DOR is committed to empowering individuals with disabilities, especially youth with disabilities, to make informed choices about their careers to achieve employment outcomes in competitive integrated employment. The DOR is actively collaborating with our partners, the California Department of Education (CDE) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), to help youth with intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities prepare for and achieve competitive integrated employment. Representatives from CDE and DDS will be available during the forum to answer questions.
The public forum will focus on mandatory services and documentation for youth seeking subminimum wage employment.  During the forum DOR will also cover:

  • Overview of placing youth (age 24 and under) into subminimum wage employment.

  • Collaboration with the California Department of Education to obtain documentation from the schools.

  • Mandatory services and documentation for youth seeking subminimum wage employment. 

We will open the line for questions as time permits.
Call details:
Youth and Subminimum Wage Employment
March 23, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Call in number:  800-779-9065
Participant passcode:  6893354

Please plan to log on to the call 15 minutes early.
We look forward to your participation and encourage you to forward this notice to other interested stakeholders.
Thank you,
Joe Xavier
Department of Rehabilitation
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Apply Now to be 2017 YLF On-Site Staff! March 14th, 2017

This year's Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) will be held August 1-4 at California State University, Sacramento (pending funding availability).  We invite you to apply for an on-site staff position!


YLF has several on-site 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, please see the application and documents located at www.dor.ca.gov/YLF
Staff applications are due Friday, March 24th.

Please note your work as on-site staff is contingent on passing a background check. Selected staff will be required to complete and pass an FBI and DOJ background check, including a background check on the state and national sex offender registry. You are required to submit a Live Scan for an FBI and DOJ background check as part of the YLF event through a third-party vendor. If you are unable to pass the background check, you are disqualified from working as on-site staff and attending the YLF event. As part of the new background check requirements, you must provide us with either your California Driver’s License or Identification Card Number.

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Summer Internship Fund for High School, College Students with Disabilities March 13th, 2017

Please circulate to interested disabled students, groups, schools--

The Center for Human Rights invites high school and college students with disabilities to apply for funding for a 10-week Summer 2017 internship at a non-profit organization selected by the student. The Alexis Bird Schey Summer Internship Fund will select one student to receive $3,000 towards the student’s internship salary. To apply, please visit: https://www.deltacollege.edu/dept/dsps/documents/Summer2017AlexisScheyInternshipApplication.pdf

All applications must be received no later than March 30, 2017. A decision will be made by April 15, 2017.
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Applications Are Now Available: 2017 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities March 3rd, 2017

The California Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students is for juniors and seniors attending high school.
Youth Leadership Forum
August 1-4, 2017
CSU, Sacramento
YLF Application DEADLINE is March 17, 2017
The student application and information guide are located online. Applicants must be consumers of the Department of Rehabilitation by the first day of YLF. 
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Special Education Funding Stakeholders Meeting March 2nd, 2017

Message from the California Department of Finance
As the Governor’s Budget summary indicates, the Administration will engage with general and special education stakeholders to discuss how to improve the way in which California provides funding and services for students with exceptional needs.  Central to these discussions are two recent evaluations of the state’s special education system—the 2015 report by the Special Education Task Force and the 2016 report by the Public Policy Institute of California.  While differing in scope and specific recommendations, these reports both call for more seamless integration of general and special education. 
In response to these reports, we invite you to participate in any one of four upcoming forum discussions that will be held throughout the state, at which we hope you will be willing to share your feedback on the structure of special education and the recommendations included in these recent evaluations.
Each discussion will proceed as follows:
Welcome and opening comments from Department of Finance. 
A summary of the Public Policy Institute of California report, with time for questions and answers. 
Input by attendees. 
Please RSVP for one of the four discussions below by sending an email tosped@dof.ca.gov.  Further, you may also send your feedback and specific recommendations to this email address.  If you have any additional questions about the process, please contact Ian Johnson in our office.
March 3, 2017
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, CA 95814
March 10, 2017
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Los Angeles County Office of Education
9300 Imperial Hwy, Room 281
Downey, CA 90242
March 17, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
San Mateo County Office of Education
101 Twin Dolphin Drive, California Suite Board Room
Redwood City, CA 94065
March 24, 2017
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fresno County Office of Education
1111 Van Ness Ave, Room 101T
Fresno, CA 93721
Thank you in advance for your contributions to this process.
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YO! Volunteer Appointed as Student Commissioner to the Advisory Commission on Special Education January 30th, 2017

YO! Volunteer, Leanne Libas, California's newly appointed Student Commissioner to the Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) will be participating in her first meeting from February 22 - 23, 2017 at the State Department of Education. 
Leanne recently finished her one-year commitment in YO! Volunteer Corps at the Dayle McIntosh Center in Anaheim, California. Her volunteer service time included co-hosting and facilitating a monthly youth group meeting focused on employment skill building opportunities, learning about disability culture, and the disability community.  Leanne also assisted in the planning and organizing of the statewide YO! Disabled & Proud: “Building My Disability Resources & Network Summit” in July of 2016.
It was LePhoto of Leanne Libas leaning forward from behind a tree with smile on her faceanne’s involvement in the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities that opened up new doors for her. After learning that there was and still is a Disability Rights Movement, Leanne began her personal self-advocacy and self-acceptance journey. During her last year of high school she started a disability rights club on campus. She partnered with other YO! Members and presented Disability History at her school. She was the first to teach and talk about it in her district.
Leanne has continued her education at a local community college and plans to transfer with a degree in liberal studies. She has become an active member of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN) and is one of five ASAN members to be named an Autistic Scholar and be awarded a scholarship.
Joining the Advisory Commission on Special Education is something she looks forward to and will allow her to continue to speak up on behalf of students with all types of disabilities, especially Autism. Leanne feels that the ACSE will further prepare her for her future as a special education teacher, where she plans to break down disability stereotypes and improve systems for all students. Lastly, she hopes that her contributions and perspective as a disabled and proud, autistic female of color will impact the commission and California’s future students in positive ways.
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Edison Scholarship Opportunity January 10th, 2017

Just a friendly reminder that applications are still being accepted through Feb. 1 for Edison International’s $1.2 million Edison Scholars Program. We will award $40,000 scholarships paid over four years to 30 high school seniors planning to major in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields at accredited four-year colleges and universities.
The 2017 Edison Scholars Program eligibility requirements include:
        High school senior must live or attend a high school in Southern California Edison (SCE)’s service area or attend an eligible high school surrounding SCE’s San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station
        Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
        Plan to be a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Mathematics, Engineering, Computer and Information Services, Management Information Systems, Natural Resources and Conservation or Physical Sciences
        Demonstrate financial need 
Please visit www.scholarsapply.org/edisonscholars to learn more.
We appreciate you sharing this information with your community and stakeholders.
        Edison Scholars spotlight page: Applications Now Open for $1.2 Million Edison Scholars Program
        Download a printable flyer here 
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Survey: Health Care Transition for Youth with Disabilities December 13th, 2016

Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled & Proud is partnering with Family Voices of California to bring youth and young adults between the ages of 13 - 26 together for their own youth-led, youth-driven health care presentations, discussions and legislative visit preparation at the annual Family Voices Health Care Summit. Health care transition can be complicated and overwhelming for everyone, but even more so for youth and young adults with disabilities who have multiple disabilities/health care needs and are navigating the systems for the first time. That's why we are inviting you to share with us what you believe youth need to know about when it comes to health care. Please take this short health survey and pass it onto others who may be interested in sharing their feedback. 

YO! will prioritize youth topics and discussions at the Health Care Summit based on the survey results. To learn more about Family Voices or the upcoming summit please visit, http://www.familyvoicesofca.org/annual-health-summit/. 
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Meet our new Youth Organizer November 17th, 2016

We are excited to introduce you to our new Youth Organizer, Yolanda Vargas
After months of searching and interviewing many qualified youth candidates for the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud Youth Organizer we are excited to introduce and welcome Yolanda Vargas.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Yolanda has spent much of her youth devoted to educating people on human rights and issues faced by the LGBTQQAAIAP community, of which is she is a proud member. In 2012, Yolanda relocated to Sacramento to focus on her education and make her mark in the non-profit world. Despite being disabled since birth, Yolanda, like many did not know that the disability community existed and only became active through her work as a YO! Volunteer Corps member. She has since embraced her disabilities with much pride and has become an active youth leader both statewide and nationally. Earlier this year, Yolanda was awarded a youth scholarship to participate in the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference. That opportunity led her to becoming a member of both the NCIL Youth and Queer & Women’s Caucuses. In addition, Yolanda was also selected to attend and be trained at the ADAPT Youth Community Organizing Summit.
Yolanda is a passionate young woman of color, who looks forward to engaging other youth with disabilities across California to find their disability pride while also building her own leadership skills and increasing her involvement in the intersectional and complex issues that the disability community faces. 
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Register Today: YO! is Presenting at the Bridge to the Future III Conference in San Diego, CA November 4th, 2016

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ABLE Accounts Make Saving Money Possible for Individuals on SSI November 4th, 2016

Congress recently passed a law referred to as the ABLE Act. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience and in California we're calling it CalABLE. It's a program that allows people with disabilities to establish a tax-advantage (ABLE) account that allows them to save up to $14,000 per year and up to $100,000 in total without losing critical disability benefits like Medi-Cal, SSI or SSDI. Money that is put in an ABLE account is not subject to federal income tax or California state income tax, as long as money in the account is spent on "Qualified Disability Expenses" such has assistive technology, housing, food, etc. 

ABLE accounts in California haven't opened yet, but that means we have an opportunity to shape what our accounts could end up looking like. For example, we want accounts that individuals can apply for online and over the phone that don't require any up front costs and that include debit cards so we can access or money when needed, for disability related expenses. 

YO! Disabled & Proud, the DOnetwork and Independent Living Centers across the state are working in collaboration with the CalABLE staff to host ABLE outreach events and get input from community members; youth with disabilities, adults with disabilities and families are encouraged to attend an event and share with us what they would believe ABLE accounts should include when they become available in the summer of 2017. We invite you to join us at an upcoming outreach event or contact us if you'd like to organize an outreach event in your area.
We will share new dates and event locations with you as they become available. Below is a list of November outreach events coming up in Alameda County. 

Today - Friday, November 4th from 3PM - 4PM 
San Leandro - Public Health Building - Redwood Conference Room
1100 San Leandro Blvd., San Leandro, CA

Tuesday, November 8th from 2PM - 3PM
Berkeley - Ed Roberts Campus - Osher Conference Room 
3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA

Wednesday, November 9th from 3PM - 4PM 
Fremont - Family Resource Center - Pacific Conference Room, H800
39155 Liberty St., Fremont, CA

Thursday, November 10th from 6:15PM - 7:15PM 
Pleasanton - Thomas S. Hart Middle School - Multipurpose Room 
4433 Willow Road, Pleasanton, CA 
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Youth Radio Show Perspectives: Loving My Disability by Christie Levine August 25th, 2016

Christie Levine is a former foster youth who plays wheelchair basketball and was a part of this mornings Bay Area Youth Radio Show; Perspectives. From time to time YO! Disabled and Proud shares stories like Christie's to show the positives in having a disability and how being proud of who you are doesn't stop just because your disabled. We know that many of you also love your disability and are proud of who you are. We encourage you to share your disability pride and stories on our Facebook page where we've also posted a link to Christie's perspective. 

Follow the link to hear Christie's story. 
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Last week to register for My Future, My Vote Youth Summit May 9th, 2016

YO! Disabled and Proud is hosting a one-day My Future, My Youth Summit on May 25, 2016 in Sacramento, CA. Youth or young adults between the ages of 18 - 28 are invited and encouraged to register. Learn about the #VoteDisability campaign, how voting impacts people with disabilities of all ages, and how to get involved in the growing national campaign, #cripthevote. Disability Rights California will also be onsite providing training on how to register to vote and what to expect on election day as a person with a disability. 

The My Future, My Vote Summit is an opportunity to connect with other youth and young adults who want to get involved in disability advocacy. 

This is the final week to register and space is limited. If you would like to register or want to learn more please visit our website at the link provdied below. 
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Kirk Aranda is leaving YO! Disabled & Proud April 14th, 2016

Kirk Aranda joined CFILC in 2011 as our first Disability Capitol Action Day Intern from Sacramento State University. Shortly after he became staff of the YO! Disabled & Proud program. Kirk has held his position in YO! for almost five years. Longer than anyone else before him. He’s supported over 60 YO! Volunteer Corps members. He’s organized a number of youth to testify at legislative hearings and committee meetings and hundreds of youth to participate in Disability Capitol Action Day. He’s represented YO! Disabled & Proud at countless outreach events and has presented on behalf of YO! at a a large number of conferences and schools around the state.
Last year, Kirk, co-organized about a dozen #ADA25 Forums around California. He brought youth with disabilities together to learn the value of the Americans with Disabilities Act and why it matters.
Kirk has announced that he will be leaving CFILC & YO! Disabled & Proud at the end of this month. His last day will be Wednesday, April 27th.  Kirk will be greatly missed and YO! will not be the same without him. CFILC will be hosting a goodbye gathering for Kirk on Tuesday, April 26th at 3:30 in our conference room.
We wish Kirk nothing but the best and hope that his next career chapter at the Department of Equalization is YOsome!  
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Become a NCIL Policy Intern this Summer March 24th, 2016

2016 Youth Transitions Fellowship (YTF)
The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is now accepting applications for a paid fellowship position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work. This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions. The fellowship starts in June 2016, and continues for 15 months. Under the supervision of NCIL’s Executive Director, the Youth Transitions Fellow (YTF) will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area.
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:
Ability to facilitate collaboration among large groups
Ability to work with people in all levels of an organization, including young people with a variety of disabilities
Strong communication skills and strong organizational skills
Creative and innovative personality
Familiarity with technology and social networking tools
Strong interest in youth transition for people with disabilities and organizing.Eligibility:
College graduate 26-or-younger who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability. Please Note: This fellowship is specifically for people with disabilities.
Please Provide the Following to apply:
Please attach your resume in Microsoft Word format.
Please provide the contact information for four (4) references who are familiar with your qualifications relevant to this fellowship and your personal character.
Please attach in Microsoft Word format two (2) letters of recommendation from two (2) of the above-mentioned references.What Happens Next:
Completed applications received by NCIL before 5:00 PM EDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2016 will be collected and reviewed by our team.
Semi-Finalists will be contacted for short, preliminary telephone interviews.
Finalists will be contacted for formal telephone interviews.
The fellow will be selected and notified by May 20, 2016.
The fellow must be able to begin work by June 15, 2016The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center
The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center is a collaborative learning community to benefit youth with disabilities and returning wounded veterans. The National Youth Transitions Center, developed by The HSC Foundation, will bring together the resources of multiple organizations to provide much needed transitions related services, research, public policy, best practices, pilot projects, and evaluation so that youth with disabilities can achieve their greatest level of independence. The Center will create a forum to enhance the ability of young people and veterans with disabilities to enter and reenter the workforce, participate in and contribute to community life, and become productive members of society.
The National Council on Independent Living
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
An outcome of the national Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements, NCIL was founded to embody the values of disability culture and Independent Living philosophy, which creates a new social paradigm and emphasizes that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, that they have crucial and valuable perspective to contribute to society, and are deserving of equal opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities.
Applications must be received by 5:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) on or before Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
Via Email: tim@ncil.org
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My Future, My Vote Youth Summit - May 25, 2016 March 24th, 2016

My Future, My Vote Youth Summit Flyer YO! Disabled & Proud Presents: 

My Future, My Vote Summit for youth with disabilities between the ages of 18 - 28. 
May 25, 2016 in Sacramento, CA

An opportunity for youth with disabilities to come together to learn about disability policies and politics. Get involved in the #VoteDisability and #CripTheVote campaigns while participating in a tweet-a-thon to educate the world on California's youth vote. 

Registration is limited and travel scholarships are available. 
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Survey: YO! Vote Makes A Difference February 11th, 2016

2016 is a big election year and YO! Disabled & Proud wants to understand where youth with disabilities are when it comes to voting. We’ve created this short survey for youth and young adults (ages 18 – 28) that will give us the information and data YO! and other organizations need to organize and plan youth-friendly voting activities/events.  Please take a couple minutes to take the survey and share it with your friends.
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Atlanta Non-Violence Project - Leadership Training January 20th, 2016

The Atlanta Non-Violence Leadership Project reached out to YO! and asked that we share their program and application with youth with disabilities. The project seems very inclusive and wants to make sure youth with disabilities are engaged. If you fit the application criteria please consider applying. If you are an ally please pass this information/application on.
The Nonviolence Leadership Project (NLP) is an all-new, one-week, high school summer program in nonviolence and leadership, empowering young people to take an active role in creating more a just and peaceful world.  Every student who attends comes with an idea or a dream or a vision for making a positive difference in their community. NLP coaches and mentors each student so they feel strong, confident and courageous in implementing their ideas when they return home. Our inaugural program will be July 24-30, 2016 in Atlanta, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Application deadline is March 1. Apply online at NonviolenceLeadership.org.  


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwYG5KYmQes (capition included) 
For additional information please contact Dave Soleil. His information is below.
Dave Soleil
Nonviolence Leadership Project
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2016 Disability Leaders Survey January 5th, 2016

Happy New Year!  
YO! Volunteers and members are prioritizing and organizing a Disability Leaders Campaign for 2016. There will be many ways to contribute and participate. Our first ask is that you take a moment to tell us about the disability leaders and mentors you admire most. The Disability Leaders Campaign will highlight and honor individuals in our community each month. Our goal is to educate people with and without disabilities about the contributions people in the disability community have made while also engaging and motivating young disabled leaders to also make their own contributions that lead to positive change.  
There are eleven questions in the survey.  Each question includes a different theme involving individuals that are related to that theme. You will be able to select from the list of names or add a new name you feel relates to that theme best.  We have included a very brief description of each individual under the themes.
The Disability Leaders Campaign will kick-off lin recognition of Ed Roberts Day – January 23rd.
If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org or 916-325-1690.
The deadline to submit your favorite leaders  will be Friday January 15th at 5pm (Pacific Time).”
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YO! Shop for Positive Disability Swag December 8th, 2015

Did you know that YO! Disabled and Proud has an online store?

Each year we add new items based on the community organizing campaigns that our YO! members prioritize. We have a variety of cool posters with positive disability messages, mugs, buttons and t-shirts that would make memorable holiday gifts for friends and loved ones. The best part is that your purchases directly benefit the YO! Disabled and Proud program and the youth with disabilities we serve. 

Order YO! disability swag today! https://yodisabledproud.org/yo-store/ 
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Our final 2015 #ADA25 Forum for Youth and Adult Allies November 10th, 2015

We're wrapping up our #ADA25 Forum series at Menlo College in Atherton on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. YO! Disabled and Proud is co-hosting an intergenerational ADA conversation with the support of Menlo's PSYSCC 482 Understanding Disabilities Class. Students and community members are invited to attend and participate. Panelist will share their ADA stories, vision for the future of disability rights. We will have our disability history exhibit on display and our ADA photo booth at this event. Register today, http://yodisabledproud.org/ada25/

Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Time: 3:45pm - 5:30pm 
Location: Menlo College - Fireside Lounge
1000 El Camino Real, Atherton, CA 94027

To request an accommodation please contact Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org or (866)296-9753 by Friday, 11/13/15. 
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Join YO! in Anaheim for an #ADA25 Forum October 13th, 2015

YO! Disabled & Proud is hosting an #ADA25 Forum for youth and adult allies at the Dayle McIntosh Center in Anaheim on Friday, October 24th at 3:00PM. This will be our seventh #ADA25 Forum of the year, but first in southern California.

If you're looking for ways to get more involved in YO, want to hear ADA stories, share your own American with Disabilities Act stories, understand how the ADA become the law that protects and provides opportunities for us as individuals with disabilities or participate in a discussion about the what future of disability civil rights looks like to youth and young adults you won't want to miss this #ADA25 event. 

Register today at, http://yodisabledproud.org/ada25/

For questions related to the event please contact Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org or 1(866)296-9753. We look forward to seeing you next Friday! 
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What are you doing for Disability History Week? October 9th, 2015

August 6th, 2010 was an exciting day for many YO! Disabled and Proud members. They had been working tirelessly to get the California Legislature to pass Disability History Week. Their hard work paid off, and California became the twenty-fourth state in the country to pass Disability History legislation. The first state to pass legislation was lead by youth with disabilities in West Virginia. 

Although the legislation has been around for five years, many teachers and administrators do not know that it exists. If they are familiar, chances are that don’t know where to go to get disability history resources and curriculum to use in their schools and classrooms. That is one of the reasons why YO! Disabled & Proud has continued to work towards engaging schools by creating new activities and materials that can be used by teachers to effectively teach disability history to K - 12 students with and without disabilities. 

Disability History Week was intended to be a time during the year (the second full week of October) that schools and communities would take the time to learn about the history of the disability community and civil rights movement. It is not intended to be a day or week where we discuss disability awareness. Those sorts of activities can be done at other times during the year. 

Disability History Week is October 12 - 16, 2015. Through our online registration we've heard from a number of schools who plan to engage in Disability History Week activities in the upcoming weeks. We hope that more registrations come in throughout the month. If you're a student, parent, or community member we encourage you to ask your schools how they plan to honor Disability History Week, and invite them to checkout the long list of resources that YO! Disabled & Proud has organized and put online. They can visit: http://yodisabledproud.org/organize/disability-history.php, to view the resources and register their school. 

Since the inception of Disability History Week, YO! Disabled and Proud has not only provided a library of resources for teachers to use, but also a series of posters which includes a different disability history theme that is developed by YO! Members annually. This year's theme is centered on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the youth who have lived the ADA, the #ADAGeneration. The poster looks amazing and can be ordered now at:  https://yodisabledproud.org/yo-store/cart.php?id=381. 

We hope you find our online resources and tools to be helpful. Happy Disability History Week! 

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EdSource: Governor signs bill allowing diplomas for students who failed exit exam October 8th, 2015

Many students with disabilities have been negatively impacted by California's High School Exit Exam requirement, but some of those students will now be able to get their high school diploma retroactive. The High School Exit Exam is currently suspended until 2018. Here's the EdSource article with the details, http://edsource.org/2015/governor-signs-bill-allowing-diplomas-for-students-who-failed-exit-exam/88698. 
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Are you a techie youth? August 18th, 2015

YO! Disabled and Proud is seeking youth with disabilities between the ages of 16 - 25 who use everyday technology (smart phone, tablet, etc.) to take a short survey. We are planning an upcoming event and want to highlight the variety of ways youth with disabilities use their technology to assist them with their disability needs. 

Please complete the survey by Friday, September 5, 2015. Feel free to also pass the survey link onto youth who may be interested in participating. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/techieyouth. 

For additional information contact Kirk Aranda at 1(866)296-9753 or kirk@cfilc.org. 
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YO! is Hosting an #ADA25 Forum in San Jose August 12th, 2015

Since late May YO! Disabled & Proud has been organizing and co-hosting #ADA25 Forums for youth with disabilities and adult allies across the state. Our next stop is in San Jose! YO! Volunteer, Jake A. has put a lot of work into organizing this week's event at his local Independent Living Center, SVILC. Please join us for an intergenerational conversation on the Americans with Disabilities Act. Come hear stories about disability rights and listen to youth share their perspective on what the future of disability rights looks like to them. This is an opportunity to mingle with youth with disabilities, connect with your local Independent Living Center, share your advocacy stories and get involved in the disability community.

Date: Friday, August 14, 2015
Time: 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: SVILC, 2202 N. First Street San Jose, CA 95131

People of all ages are invited to attend. ASL Interpreters will provided. Please register to attend, http://www.yodisabledproud.org/ada25/

If you have questions about the event or a future #ADA25 Forum please contact Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org or call (866)296-9753.
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Free Webinar: Youth Achieving CareerAccess on Thursday, 8/6/15 August 3rd, 2015

Disabled & Proud, The National Council on Independent Living, World Institute on Disability and Policyworks invite you to join us for a discussion on advocating for a better Supplemental Security Income, (SSI) for working people with disabilities.

If you are someone with a disability who uses benefits like SSI or Medi-Cal, and you want to have a job, it can be hard and stressful because of the complicated rules and lack of help available to understand it all. Without the right support you could lose your benefit or health care. The way the system is setup doesn’t make sense. It limits us from reaching our career goals. CareerAccess is here to help. Join our webinar and discuss with us the issues and solutions. Together we can work to make the system more meaningful for all of us who want to go to work and earn money.

 Moderator: Emily Ladau: CareerACCESS/abilicorp intern
 Panelist: Justin Harford
 Panelist: Andy Arias
 Panelist: Kristin Ansel or TBD

Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 3 - 4:30pm

Register today! http://yodisabledproud.org/education/yo-webinar-training-series.php#registration

Questions or Comments, contact Youth Organizer, Kirk Aranda at kirk@cfilc.org
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YO! Disabled & Proud Volunteers Travel to Washington for ADA Anniversary Activities including NCIL Conference July 24th, 2015

“Generation ADA: Rise Up!" is the theme of this year's annual National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Conference in Washington, DC. The conference begins on the date of 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this Sunday, July 26th and will continue until Friday, July 31, 2015. YO! Disabled and Proud is excited about the conference for many reasons. Long time YO! Member and former YO! Volunteer, Allie Cannington, who did her service at Marin Center for Independent Living, has been working hard to make this year's NCIL Conference fun and engaging for the many youth with disabilities who will be attending. For nearly a year, Allie has been serving as NCIL's Youth Transition Fellow and has spent countless hours assisting with the planning of the "Generation ADA" Conference. 

Allie has worked closely with the NCIL Youth Caucus, who has also been dedicated to making this year's conference a memorable one for all youth in attendance. The Youth Caucus is chaired by former YO! Disabled & Proud Youth Advisory Council Member, Maddy Ruvolo. Maddy is the Systems Change Advocate for the Marin Center for Independent Living and is known as a youth leader in the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement. 

For several months the Youth Caucus has been working on a fundraising campaign for youth. They started a #ADAYouthPledge campaign to mobilize as many #GenreationADA youth to the national conference. Several Independent Living Centers in California contributed to the campaign, and as a result of their hard work, YO! Disabled & Proud and the NCIL Youth Scholarship Fund are supporting two YO! Volunteer Corps members in attending this year's "Generation ADA: Rise Up!" NCIL Conference. 

YO! Volunteer, Jessica Jimenez, from the Independent Living Center in Claremont, California, Service Center for Independent and Life, and YO! Volunteer, Tangikina Moimoi from the Independent Living Center in Long Beach California, Disability Resource Center are both looking forward to traveling to the annual NCIL Conference and connecting with other youth with disabilities around the country who are also passionate about the Disability Rights Movement. Both young women will take part in a number of historical Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary events while in Washington, DC. They are honored and excited to be representing YO! Disabled and Proud in this unique capacity.
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You're Invited! The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at SFSU Patient No More Exhibit Opens Sunday in Berkeley July 23rd, 2015

Come Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 
at the Ed Roberts Campus on Sunday, July 26th, 2015.

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University is pleased to invite you to the launch of our exhibit, Patient No More: People with disabilities securing civil rights. After nearly three years of work, we cannot wait to share this great Bay Area story with you. The celebration will be particularly exciting as it will reunite many of the protesters from the 1977 Section 504 Occupation (the focus of our exhibit). You won't want to miss this historic opportunity coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To add to the celebration, please consider coming in your best 1970s attire: go deep into that back closet or neighborhood thrift to find those brightly colored bell bottoms and wide collars…you'll blend right in with the people pictured in our exhibit!

When: Sunday, July 26, 2015, 2:00 - 4:30 with a brief program starting at 2pm.
Where: The Ed Roberts Campus above Ashby BART, 3075 Adeline
Details: Free and open to the public. Event program will include ASL and captioning. Please refrain from wearing scented products.

LEARN how the course of disability history and a nation were changed over 26 days in 1977. 
EXPLORE a landmark moment in civil rights.
DISCOVER untold stories from protesters in the longest occupation of a federal building in US history. 
REFLECT on the grassroots origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. 
RECORD your own protest slogan. 

Can't make it to the opening? Don't worry! The exhibit will remain at the Ed Roberts Campus until December 18, 2015 and a traveling exhibit will also bring this story to the greater Bay Area, August - December 2015. For additional upcoming events and information, visit: PatientNoMore.org 
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#ADA25 Forum for Youth in Grass Valley July 17th, 2015

You're invited! YO! Disabled & Proud and FREED Center for Independent Living will be hosting an Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Forum for youth and adult allies. Come participate in an intergenerational conversation on disability rights and hear what youth with disabilities think about the future of the disability rights movement. 

When: Saturday, August 8, 2015
           1:00PM - 2:30PM

Where: FREED Center for Independent Living 
             2059 Nevada City Hwy, Suite 102
             Grass Valley, CA. 95945

To request an accommodation or learn more please visit our website, YoDisabledProud.org/ada25. 
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Sign the Petition to eliminate Freeburg Community High School Board of Education from using "Midget" as a mascot June 30th, 2015

 There are several high schools across the country that have coined "midgets" as their school mascot, including Freeburg High School in Freeburg, Illinois. Freeburg, Illinois, is near St. Louis, Missouri, where Little People of America will be hosting its national conference in July of this year. Please support us in urging Freeburg High School, "Home of the Midgets," to rename their school mascot. Further, we would also like them to stop all sales of the school's "midgetwear" merchandise.

Little People of America (LPA), a national, membership-based organization for short-statured individuals, aims to educate and raise awareness about the terminology preferred by members of its community. The term "midget" dehumanizes and objectifies people of short stature. The word was first coined in reference to people of short stature who were on public display for curiosity and sport, and the word evolved into a negative connotation. The preferred terminology is "dwarf," "little person," or "person of short stature."  

In the case of Freeburg, Illinois, while the term is not intended to do harm, any word that creates a hostile and unwelcoming environment with any potential student has no place as a school mascot. We want to ensure that Freeburg is creating a safe environment for all people, including those of short stature, that are in the area. We believe these changes can only have a positive impact upon the community and will only further support Freeburg High School's mission to, "enable all students to become productive and responsible citizens by providing them opportunities... in a safe, caring, learning environment."
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YLF Luncheon Tickets Now Available June 30th, 2015

California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF) 
Community Networking Luncheon 

"YLF - Living the ADA" 
Celebrating Emerging Young Leaders with Disabilities and the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

This year's luncheon will be emceed by YLF Alumna Jenny Roberts and will include two additional YLF keynote speakers. 

Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA
Thursday, July 30, 2015 
Noon - 2:00pm 

Tickets to the luncheon directly support youth with disabilities attending future Youth Leadership Forums and other youth leadership opportunities.  

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Take the YO! YouthACT Survey on Transition June 29th, 2015

YO! Disabled and Proud is working to build opportunities for youth with disabilities who are transitioning and working towards reaching their independent living goals.  Last year, YO! was selected to be a part of a national effort lead by the National Collaborative on Workforce & Disability for Youth to create a meaningful campaign that would support transitioning age youth in becoming more independent.
The YO! YouthACT Team has decided that our campaign would be focused on building relationships and networking opportunities between youth and their local Independent Living Center.  The campaign is in its early stages of gathering information. We want to learn about what youth with disabilities know or don't know about their local Independent Living Center.  

Please take a few minutes to answer the survey now, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NWHJMP3. If you have questions in regards to the survey or the YO! YouthACT Campaign, please contact Kirk Aranda at Kirk@cfilc.org. 
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Comedian Nina G. is Raising Funds for YO! Disabled & Proud June 29th, 2015

She's at it again!  Nina G, America’s only female stuttering stand up comedian, author and professional speaker. is happy to announce her new collaboration with YO! Disabled and Proud, a project of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. 

Nina’s relationship started with YO! Disabled & Proud started many years ago when she was the keynote speaker at the YO! Anti-Bullying, "Own My Power Freedom from Bullying" Community Organizing Summit.  She was impressed by the emphasis on fostering activism and giving youth with disabilities a voice and tools to build their leadership skills.  Since then she has continued to collaborate with YO! and is now doing a 6 month stretch to raise funds for the program. 

Every six months Nina will be choosing a new organization to donate a portion of her professional speaking fees as well as CD and book online sales to worthy nonprofit organizations.  The organizations Nina chooses will also be featured on her social media outlets to increase their visibility .  The first organization selected is YO! Disabled and Proud.  YO! connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities ages 16-28 throughout California. It provides leadership opportunities, training for community organizing, peer networks, internships and resource referrals for youth in transition. 

To learn more about the great work Nina G. is doing for the disability community check out her blog, ninagcomedian.wordpress.com/. 
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Save the Date: Disability Unity Festival & Conference June 26th, 2015

Disability Unity Festival Logo

YO! Disabled & Proud is excited to announce the upcoming Disability Unity Festival and Conference; Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) and an Inclusive Community Where All People are Welcome. 

Date: Friday & Saturday, September 25 - 26, 2015
Where: The Conference will be held on Friday at UC Hastings Law Center in San Francisco from 10am - 5pm and Saturday morning from 8:30am - 10am.  
The Festival and Disability Unity Parade will be held the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza from 11am - 3pm.
Participants may chose to attend one day or both days. 

Additional details about the event will be made available as we get closer to the date. Please contact Christina Mills at christina@cfilc.org or (916)737-5333.  
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Online webinar: The ADA & Disability Identity May 27th, 2015

The Institute for Educational Leadership is hosting The ADA & Disability Identity webinar on Friday, May 29th at 4:00 PM ET. Alex Miller (YouthACT Thundercats) and Sara Moussavian (YouthACT YO! Disabled & Proud) will be presenting with Marrisa Johnson.Please share the description and registration link below with your networks!
In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 2015, the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) is hosting a series of webinars aimed at ADA Generation youth (individuals with disabilities who have come of age since the passage of the ADA) and their allies. As youth with disabilities transition into adulthood, a core competency is gaining an understanding of disability history, culture, and disability public policy issues as well as their rights and responsibilities. This youth-driven webinar will provide youth and their adult allies with an understanding of the rights provided under the ADA and its impact on youth disability identities.

If you have not connected to a webinar before and think you might need assistance please contact the YO! Disabled and Proud office for support. 
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2015 Annual NCIL Conference Scholarship for Youth May 1st, 2015

July 27-30, 2015; Grand Hyatt, Washington DC

NCIL 2015 Annual Conference Youth Scholarship Application
Thanks to the tremendous support of The HSC Foundation and the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation through the Youth Transitions National Support Fund, Walmart, and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability, NCIL is proud to release the NCIL 2015 Youth Scholarship Application. We are prioritizing applicants who are working directly with a CIL, SILC, a school, and other disability and / or social justice organizations to find additional funding. Please share this opportunity with your networks and with the Deaf and Disabled young people in your community!​  
Since the passage of the ADA, an entire generation of young people with disabilities has grown up: #GenerationADA. These young people and advocates are here; ready to be included and supported to lead. In honor of the ADA 25th anniversary, the 2015 NCIL Conference is committed to engaging and supporting #GenerationADA. As Deaf and Disabled young people, your attendance is integral to the Conference and your existence and advocacy is crucial to the Independent Living and Disability Rights Movement. Therefore, NCIL invites you to apply for this Youth Scholarship.  

The only requirements to apply are:
identifying as a Deaf person and / or a person with a disability or disabilities; and 
being 26 years old or younger (NCIL categorizes “youth” as 26 years old or younger).  Additionally, we would like to have as many youth as possible attend, thus we are more likely to grant funding to applicants who are working with Centers for Independent Living, Statewide Independent Living Councils, other disability and social justice organizations, and / or schools to gain additional funding. However, please apply even if you do not have other sources of funding! 

As we are committed to bringing a diverse group of youth with disabilities to the NCIL Conference, we encourage low income youth, youth of color, LGBTQIA youth, English Language Learners, returning citizens, and other multiply marginalized youth to apply.  
Please note: Due to limited funds, the scholarships will most likely not cover all costs. NCIL’s Youth Caucus will be soon releasing resource guides and tips for finding other funding streams. The scholarship deadline is rolling, so we will be accepting applicants until funding is fully committed. Please contact Allie Cannington, Youth Transition Fellow, and Maddy Ruvolo, NCIL Youth Caucus Chair, with any questions and / or comments at allie@ncil.org and mcilmaddy@gmail.com. 
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