AAPD Disability Advocacy Certificate Program June 29th, 2020

AAPD Announces the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program Class of 2020!   
 
WASHINGTON, DC – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce the Disability Advocacy Certificate Program Class of 2020.

Due to the current pandemic and many unknowns associated with COVID-19, AAPD has postponed the in-person Summer Internship to 2021. Despite this postponement, we remain committed to providing young leaders with an opportunity to gain meaningful employment and leadership opportunities for the 2020 cohort.

In partnership with American University, AAPD is providing a credit-optional Disability Advocacy Certificate Program. The 10-week virtual Certificate Program prepares participants to be knowledgeable and effective advocates and representatives for the disability community. The focus will be on preparing participants to advocate in their home universities, home states, and on the national level.

During this course, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with the history of the disability rights movement through a variety of topics such as disability legislation, healthcare, employment, and more. Through conversations with issue experts, participants will apply their learning to advocate effectively to influence policy change. Participants will complete a government visit, learn how to communicate across multiple platforms to engage with diverse stakeholders, and understand their role as an advocate and in the disability rights movement. In addition to the Certificate Program, all participants are paired with a virtual mentor.
 
 
Below are the 2020 Disability Advocacy Certificate Program Participants. See their full bios through this site (https://www.aapd.com/summer-internship-program/2020-dac/) 

Matthew Arnold
Year: Rising Senior
Major: ESE/Elementary ED
College/University: University of West Florida
 
Kyra Beckish
Year: Rising Junior
Major: Public Relations/Digital Media Engagement
College/University: Temple University
 
Fanisee Bias
Year: Rising Junior
Major: Sociology, Change-making
College/University: University of San Diego
 
Hana Gabrielle Bidon
Year: Rising Senior
Major: Information Science, Systems, and Technology
College/University: Cornell University
 
Nadia Bon
Year: Recent Graduate
Major: History/Science and Technology Studies
College/University: Cornell University
 
Kaitlyn Brennan
Year: Rising Sophomore
Major: Political Science and Human Rights
College/University: Columbia University
 
Jonas Bryson
Year: Rising Senior
Major: Political Science/Minor, History
College/University: North Carolina State University
 
Shirley Carrillo-Acevedo
Year: Recent Graduate
Major: Communication Studies, opt. PR/Advertising & French
College/University: California State University-Los Angeles
 
Daniel Charney
Year: Rising Junior
Major: Politics/Communications
College/University: University of Puget Sound
 
Courtney Felle
Year: Rising Senior
Major: American Studies / English and Public Policy
College/University: Kenyon College
 
Naomi Hess
Year: Rising Junior
Major: Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs intended major, Journalism intended minor
College/University: Princeton University
 
Jake Linn
Year: Rising Senior
Major: Film and Public Policy
College/University: School of the Art Institute of Chicago
 
Osler Moore
Year: PhD Student
Major: Computer Science
College/University: Mississippi State University
 
Louis Paniccioli
Year: Recent Graduate
Major: Political Science with a dual minor in legal studies and philosophy
College/University: College of Staten Island
 
Alma Silver
Year: Recent Graduate
Major: Communications and Journalism / Psychology
College/University: St. Catherine University
 
Verlencia Somuah
Year: Master’s Student
Major: Masters in Social Work, Policy Practice
College/University: Columbia University
 
Jesica Weaver
Year: Rising Senior
Major: Political Science/History and Russian
College/University: SUNY at Binghamton
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ACTION ALERT: Sign up! Virtual Crip Camp Experience May 11th, 2020

The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is proud to announce Crip Camp: The Official Virtual Experience! In these unprecedented times, there is no one better to think outside of the box and deliver community building right to your home. They are inviting all grassroots activists and advocates to join them this summer for a virtual camp experience featuring trailblazing speakers from the disability community. All are welcome, you do not need any activism experience to participate.

When: Every Sunday at 2 pm PST/5 pm EST from May 17th to August 30th for one and a half hours each.

Please note all times on the Zoom link will appear in your local timezone. Online workshops will occur via Zoom and are ASL interpreted with Deaf Interpreters plus captioning. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. We encourage you to attend all, or as many sessions as possible. They will send Crip Camp 2020 swag materials to everyone who attends 14 out of 16 sessions.

Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_96VjUdB0T92Es9y4q1Vdvg

Access to Exchange Externship April 30th, 2020

Access to Exchange Externship 
Application Deadline: May 15, 2020


The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) has just launched its first-ever “Access to Exchange” Externship, which is a remote internship opportunity for those interested in disability inclusion in international exchange.

The NCDE is offering 5 externship opportunities to individuals who share and implement an innovative idea for a virtual outreach activity to carry out over the summer to educate more people with disabilities about access to international exchange opportunities and the benefits of participating!

Projects could include a webinar, a written guide, and accessibility analysis of a specific country or the like. Each extern will receive $500 honorarium for their work. The externship also includes group trainings from NCDE staff on strategies for conducting effective and accessible outreach.
Applicants must reside in the U.S. and possess valid authorization to receive the honorarium payment.
Learn more and apply soon! Applications will be accepted until; Friday, May 15th.  
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University of California Suspends SAT/ACT requirements for 2021 April 1st, 2020

University of California suspends SAT/ACT requirements for 2021 applicants


The University of California is drastically relaxing its fall 2021 admissions standards for applicants who are currently high school juniors, including suspending the requirement that they take standardized tests and allowing pass/fail grades for this spring’s classes affected by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a university announcement Wednesday.

The dramatic action came in response to the cancellation of testing by the SAT and ACT this spring and to the widespread disruption at high schools in California and nationwide during the health crisis. However, UC officials emphasized that the dropping of standardized tests for this upcoming year does not imply a permanent change and said the UC, which has nine undergraduate campuses, will continue to debate that contentious matter in the future.

The one-year change about testing “is intended to reassure students and families who have to make decisions in the coming weeks about fall 2021 applications, and is consistent with actions taken by other colleges and universities. It is intended as an accommodation and not a permanent policy shift, and does not foreclose future (UC Regents) Board policy actions with respect to the use of standardized tests in University admissions for fall 2022 applicants and beyond,” a university policy statement approved by the UC regents said.

Critics of standardized testing hope the steps could be a trial run for a more permanent end to the use of SAT and ACT scores in admissions. The UC regents were expected in May to vote on whether to keep the tests as requirements, drop them or possibly reduce their weight in admissions decisions.

Students applying for fall 2021 can still take tests and send scores to UC if they are able. Doing so can support their  UC eligibility and help fulfill some university graduation requirements. But campuses must ensure that “no student is harmed in admissions selection should they not submit a test score,” according to the UC statement.

The 23-campus California State University system is reviewing whether to follow UC and drop its own testing requirement for 2021 admissions. “A final decision on how CSU will adapt its admissions process” is expected in the near future, according to a CSU statement Wednesday.

Given the chaos surrounding online education in high schools, both UC and CSU will not require a letter grade for the mandatory so-called A-G courses taken in high school this year in winter, spring or summer. That affects current high school seniors as well. Seniors already have received their acceptance or rejection letters from UC and CSU campuses but in normal years acceptances can be revoked in the summer if students’ grades significantly drop in the spring.

“We want to help alleviate the tremendous disruption and anxiety that is already overwhelming prospective students due to COVID-19,” said John A. Pérez, chair of the Board of Regents, the governing board for UC. “By removing artificial barriers and decreasing stressors – including suspending the use of the SAT – for this unprecedented moment in time, we hope there will be less worry for our future students.” The regents’ action was authorized under special procedures allowed for emergencies between regular meetings.

The A-G courses are the set of 15 year-long high school classes that applicants have to complete with at least a 2.0 or C grade in each to even be eligible for the UC and California State University systems. In normal years, California residents must earn at least a 3.0 grade point average across those classes to be considered. Then students’  academic records must put them in the top 9 percent of students statewide or in their own high school.

However, that does not guarantee them a spot at the most competitive UC campuses, such as UCLA or Berkeley, but will get them a place somewhere in the system. In some cases, they might be offered UC Merced, the youngest UC campus, even if they did not originally apply there.

A faculty report released in February said UC should continue to require that applicants for undergraduate admission take standardized college admissions tests like the SAT and ACT.  That report says that standardized exams remain good predictors of students’ success at UC at a time when grade inflation in high schools makes it harder to choose potential university freshmen. In fact, the report insists that test results actually help identify many talented Latino, black and low-income students who otherwise might be rejected because their high school grades alone were not high enough.

But opponents say they will continue fighting the testing mandate both in court and at the UC Board of Regents. And they appear to have won at least temporarily due to the coronavirus.  Critics say that the exams are biased against Latino and black applicants and hurt their admissions chances at UC’s nine undergraduate campuses, in part because they may not have access to expensive test preparation coaching.  Civil rights and education advocacy organizations filed a lawsuit against UC in late 2019 in Alameda County Superior Court, seeking an end to the testing mandate.

Audrey Dow, senior vice president of the Campaign for College Opportunity, an advocacy and policy group that seeks a permanent end to testing requirements, praised UC’s  moves for 2021. “The decision to go test-optional for the Fall 2020 application cycle positions the UC as a national leader in protecting college opportunity. The UC is moving with rightful urgency to meet the moment and to ensure no student is denied their rightful seat because of limited testing opportunities, instruction, or guidance resulting from the COVID-19 crisis,” she said in an email.

The CSU joined UC in accepting grades of “credit” or “pass” as fulfilling “A-G” requirements for high school courses completed during winter, spring or summer 2020 terms. But CSU officials warned that all previous coursework must be graded and a grade of C- or better must be earned for the course to satisfy that system’s requirements.

The UC deadline to accept an offer of admission and send a deposit for enrollment will remain May 1 for freshmen and June 1 for transfers. But now students who need additional time, or who need a deferment of a deposit, will be allow to seek a delay and UC campuses will be expected to offer flexibility, under the new policy. Eight of CSU’s 23 campuses have extended those deposit deadlines from May 1 to June 1 so far.

Transfer students received some other relief in the UC and CSU announcements. UC will temporarily suspend the cap on the number of transferable units with Pass/No Pass grading applied to their community college courses.  CSU will allow transfer students to submit Pass/Fail grades in the required community college courses in English, math and other general education requirements taken this winter and spring. Transfer students do not have to submit standardized test scores at either university system.

UC and CSU application numbers are enormous.

UC received 172,099 freshmen applicants for fall 2020.  Each of those applicants likely applied to several UC campuses. However, with demographic changes, the numbers have been declining somewhat- a 5.4 percent dip since 2018, according to UC statistics.

CSU says it has not finished compiling its 2020 application numbers. In 2019, the CSU system received applications from 363,478 students, a 2.3 percent decline from the year before.
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Apply Now! Tony Coelho Media Scholarship April 1st, 2020

2020 NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship
 


DEADLINE:  May 21, 2020


 

Thanks to a generous contribution from NBCUniversal, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud offer eight (8) NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships for the fall semester of 2020.

The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are pursuing an interest in the media, entertainment, or communications fields. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education.

This scholarship has been named in honor of Tony Coelho, a former United States Representative from California and the primary author and sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

For more information please visit the AAPD website: https://www.aapd.com/nbcuniversal-tony-coelho-media-scholarship-program/?preview=true&_thumbnail_id=470

 
DEADLINE:  May 21, 2020
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Apply Now! AAPD: Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program March 30th, 2020

 
AAPD Announces the Launch of the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program



WASHINGTON, DC – The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is proud to announce its new initiative, the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program. This program is designed for young (ages 18 – 30) Black disabled advocates who are committed to boosting voter registration and civic engagement across Black communities leading up to the 2020 elections.

Since 2016, AAPD has worked alongside local and state partners through its REV UP Campaign to foster civic engagement and advance voting rights of Americans with disabilities. Despite advancements in civil rights protections, youth, people of color, seniors, and people with disabilities experience higher levels of voter suppression and inaccessibility. The United States’ voting population in 2018 was the most racially and ethnically diverse ever for a midterm election. The 2018 midterm election saw major upticks in voter participation across all marginalized communities, with the disability and Black communities leading the way at 14.2 million ballots cast and 15.3 million ballots cast respectively. AAPD recognizes that in order to continue building the power of the disability vote, it is critical to support initiatives that develop the leadership of multiply-marginalized voters.
 
“In the 2018 midterm elections the disability vote surged by 8.5 points. There will be over 30 million eligible voters across the Black and disability community in the 2020 elections, and we are pushing for an even higher increase of voter participation come November” says Keri Gray, AAPD’s Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement and Strategic Communications. “Still, there are far too many who face barriers to the polls. It is our responsibility to continue Fannie Lou Hamer’s work in fighting for the rights of underrepresented voters,” continued Gray.
 
Fannie Lou Hamer is a well-recognized civil rights activist and organizer for voting rights. Her work centered on elevating the rights of Black voters and women, particularly across the state of Mississippi. Hamer had polio as a child and later became physically disabled due to a severe beating in a Mississippi jail. In honor of her legacy and sacrifice, AAPD is proud to launch the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program.
 
Participants will receive a $1,500 stipend and have the opportunity to create a national nonpartisan campaign that promotes voter registration and participation. The program is scheduled to launch in May of 2020 and has three phases:


Political Educations- Participants will engage in 3 trainings with experts across the civil rights community to learn about key political issues and gain guidance on building a voting campaign.
Campaign Preparation- Participants will work creatively as a cohort to build nonpartisan material (ie- flyers, blogs, think pieces, social media content, videos) that can be used online to educate communities on the issues for 2020 and promote voter participation.
Campaign Execution- Leading up to the November 2020 elections, participants will launch their campaign across online and social media platforms.

Applications for the Fannie Lou Hamer Leadership Program are open through April 20, 2020.
Apply here: https://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/hamerprogram/

 
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Anthem Lex Frieden Internship -- Seeking Interns! February 20th, 2020

Your Talent. Our Vision.
As one of the nation's leading health benefits companies, Anthem seeks to attract the best talent to help us achieve our mission to improve lives and communities with innovative solutions to simplify the healthcare experience. Diversity matters at Anthem—we foster 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.

The Lex Frieden Internship is an opportunity for Anthem to further develop a pipeline of talent that is inclusive of individuals with disabilities. Named for disability advocate and pioneer Lex Frieden, one of the architects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Internship offers a 10 week paid experience that includes a connection with a designated mentor, and a developmental series on office culture, soft skills, disability rights, and accommodations. A wide array of work experience opportunities are available for applicants currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate level programs. The experience offers opportunities for the next generation of Anthem Associates to gain valuable work experiences, and for Anthem to continue to advance our inclusion and diversity goals.

We are seeking diverse & qualified interns to join our teams.
Our 2020 summer interns will be an integral part of our team in a variety of roles. Interns should be prepared for a fast-paced, team environment in an internship providing a robust developmental experience and exposure to various areas of healthcare including: policy, advocacy, sales, administrative and management support, communications, outreach and marketing. As part of this paid internship experience, interns are responsible for supporting their respective teams and contributing towards Anthem’s broader goals. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Possible roles may include: Data Use Governance – Support Anthem’s team that focuses on the regulation of data usage and analytical consultation across the company.

Disability Policy Engagement 
Support Anthem’s team in ensuring people with disabilities and older adults are included in healthcare and essential life discussions that affect independence and access to care and services. Includes research, policy, participation and coordination of community events and conferences, and engagement with disability stakeholders.

Possible roles may include

  • 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 partnerships within and outside of Anthem with the management of data and client reporting essential to our mission of strategic engagement.

  • Health Plan – Join one of Anthem’s leading health plans in their mission through areas such as Marketing and Communications.

  • Customer Care — Engage directly with members to maintain positive customer relations and ensures customer requests and questions are handled appropriately and in a timely manner. 


This job is for participants of an approved internship program for undergraduate college students. Specific work assignments will vary by department. C29 Assignments must meet the definition of meaningful work. Must be part of an approved academic course of study, and that course of study must be applicable to the company's operations or the support of those operations. Skills and ability requirements vary based on assignment.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

The Internship Program Sponsors are tireless champions of diversity and disability inclusion, both internally and externally in the communities we serve This program is facilitated by a cross functional team led by Inclusion & Diversity Disability Policy Engagement with the support of Talent Acquisition.

We are excited to engage students who are currently enrolled in, or completing undergraduate & graduate degrees for a PAID internship opportunity with flexible hours in more than 14 different states.

To apply, please visit: https://careers.antheminc.com/student-programs/jobs/lex-frieden-internship-49395
For questions about specific positions and how to apply, reach out to Yvette.Booker@anthem.com
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NBC seeking to cast real child actor with spinal muscular atrophy! February 10th, 2020

NBC casting a real child actor with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA)!
We are searching for children from the SMA community to play a character with Spinal Muscular Atrophy in an upcoming TV pilot. We are committed to seeing children from the community who could be right for role. The character is 9 years old, so children who can realistically appear that age are welcome to apply (likely age 7-12). The show will be filming in Chicago between March 11th and March 30th, so the child and a parent/guardian would need to be able to travel to Chicago during that time (not the entire time but exact schedule is TBD). Both boys and girls are welcome…

TO APPLY
Simply take a video, on your phone is fine. Have the young actor read the CHRISTOPHER lines (again, boys or girls are welcome) - with someone reading the other characters’ lines off camera. When you’re done and happy with the performance, please email the video to kargerosssubmissions@gmail.com.

Link to script:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/bkunxx8mmn7x6nu/AAB5aukuZQQl7NGjqjR7RaaRa?dl=0&preview=CHRISTOPHER+SIDES.pdf
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Youth Scholarships for 2020 NCIL Conference in DC! February 7th, 2020

2020 NCIL Youth Scholarship Applications Now Open!

 
The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) is proud to announce the 2020 Youth Scholarship Fund. For the sixth year in a row, we will be offering scholarships to our Annual Conference for 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, 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 from outside the United States. If you are under 18 years old and would like to apply, please contact Cara Liebowitz directly at cara@ncil.org.
 
For the second year in a row, we are also offering the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship. Emet Tauber was a former Youth Scholarship recipient and NCIL board member who sadly passed away in 2019. Emet’s life was changed by the Youth Scholarship Fund and he was passionate about enabling others to have the same opportunities. Therefore, the Emet Tauber Youth Scholarship will be awarded each year to at least one 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 by April 24th, 2020. This is a highly competitive process and no applications will be considered after the deadline. Applicants will be notified if they received a scholarship within two weeks of the application deadline.
 
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.
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Webinar: Learn about Tax-Free CalABLE Accounts! February 7th, 2020

3 photos of various people with disabilities. 2 Asian women walking outdoors, one blind, holding a cane; 1 young man with down syndrome wearing a necktie and formal shirt; man in a wheelchair with a backpack outdoors in a city. Text: Dream. Plan. Achieve. Plan for the future. Protect your benefits with CalABLE.
Take charge of your finances! Learn more about CalABLE Accounts.
CalABLE is a savings and investment plan offered by the state of California to individuals with disabilities.
Individuals, family, friends and employers who qualify can contribute up to $15,000 a year without affecting your current benefits.

Learn more during the CalABLE 101 Webinar
Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Presenters: 
Dante Allen, Executive Director
Anne Osborne, Program Manager

Topics will include:

  • How to open a CalABLE Account

  • Features of a CalABLE

  • Account Contribution Limits

  • Fees        


Here is the registration link:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/974566829623911938
If you have any questions, please contact us at calable@treasurer.ca.gov.   
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#DisabilityCounts2020 Twitter Chat: All About the 2020 Census January 29th, 2020












 



#DisabilityCounts2020 Twitter Chat:
How an Accurate Census Count Benefits Disabled People

February 5, 2020
3-4 PM Pacific


In partnership with the Disability Organizing (DO) Network, the Disability Visibility Project will host a Twitter chat on the 2020 Census and what it means for the disability community with co-host Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF). While all participants are welcome to join us, we will focus on the Census in California and how the Disability community can benefit from being counted in the U.S. Census. We look forward to learning about your interest and advocacy with the Census!  
 
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Annual Tools for Inclusion Resource Fair January 24th, 2020



February-11-2020 from 6:00 PM-8:30 PM UC Davis Mind Institute is hosting their Annual Tools for Inclusion Resource Fair.
The resource fair will include:


  • Panel discussion on using AT for disaster and emergency preparation.

  • Resource tables giving out information from agencies and organizations that support individuals in our disability communities

  • Demonstrations and make-and-take workshops

  • Networking and Meeting self-advocates

  • Raffle and door prizes

  • Light refreshments will be served​


​Event Location: 2825 50th St. Sacramento, CA
Parking:

Parking in Lot 25 is $6.00. Street parking is FREE
For questions please contact: 916-703-0439


 
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5 Leaders Continuing the Legacy Ed Roberts Started January 23rd, 2020





Thanks to Ed Roberts and many Civil Rights activists' work, Independent Living as we know it has evolved into a program, a movement, and a culture. We have chosen to highlight 5 disabled leaders who continue to shape Independent Living today.

To Read More: http://yodisabledproud.org/blog/the-5-leaders-continuing-the-legacy-ed-roberts-started/


 
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Scholarships: Cal-TASH Conference January 10th, 2020


Cal-TASH is the California chapter of TASH, the international leader in disability advocacy. Founded in 1975, TASH advocates for human rights and inclusion for people with significant disabilities and support needs – those most vulnerable to segregation, abuse, neglect, and institutionalization.
37th Annual Cal-TASH Conference 
Focus on the Future: Fulfilling the Promise of Inclusive Lives 
March 6-7, 2020 in Sacramento, CA

 


Jose Perez Self-Advocate Scholarship
 Cal-TASH is proud to offer the Jose Perez Self-Advocate Scholarship. Jose was an ongoing presence at Cal-TASH. He loved to help out anyone and was a volunteer for the Cal-TASH opportunity drawings for more than 20 years. To help memorialize the passion that Jose brought to and shared at Cal-TASH conferences, part of the proceeds from each opportunity drawing will fund scholarships for self-advocates to attend future conferences.

To apply for the Jose Perez Self-Advocate Scholarship, click on the following link:
  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhKJPxkA7WIiCWhyyIQi0TD3f43oocOH-YcjLsxU1cn8EzLg/viewform 

Parent Scholarships
Cal-TASH is looking for parents of children or adults with disabilities who are:

 
-Committed to the values of inclusion
-Interested in attending the two-day conference
-Willing to bring what they learn back to their communities or parent groups to help spread their mission of inclusive communities for all. 

These scholarships are open to those in the greater Sacramento area who have never attended a Cal-TASH conference. Cal-TASH is looking for individuals with the capacity to share their message with others due to their roles within parent organizations, schools, or their community. Scholarship recipients may be asked to comment on their experience or talk to future scholarship recipients. Preference will be given to individuals who represent historically underserved communities or who are affiliated with community groups that do.


To apply for a Parent Scholarship, click on the following linkhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdME7UbrabQ3D1klNXUxzqSLwUf5wpi4_DnlIY-iAkpYCy5-w/viewform
 



 

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Apply for YLF 2020 November 4th, 2019

The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities (CCEPD) is now accepting applications from students to participate in the 2020 Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities (YLF)!

 
When: July 12th-17th 2020 (date subject to change)
Where: Sacramento State University
Cost: Free!
Deadline: December 6th 2019


YLF is a five- or six-day summer self-advocacy and leadership development program for students with disabilities. The 2020 YLF will take place (tentatively) on July 12 –17 at California State University, Sacramento. There is no program or travel cost for parents to pay. All selected delegate’s expenses are sponsored through a public-private partnership.
 
Students must complete an application, write an essay and provide letters of recommendations. Students will also be interviewed by a team in their local communities. This is a competitive process and not all students will be selected. YLF applications must be completed electronically and emailed to ylf@dor.ca.gov. The deadline to apply is December 6, 2019.
 
Develop your leadership skills and learn how to reach your academic, career and independence goals!
Live on the California State University, Sacramento campus for a week and make new lifetime friends!
Talk with policymakers and educate them on ways they can improve the lives of young people with disabilities! 

To apply, click on this link: https://www.dor.ca.gov/Home/YLF
 
For other questions, please call the CCEPD office at 855-894-3436 or email us at YLF@dor.ca.gov.
Dial 711 for California Relay Service.

 
 
 
 
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AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship October 30th, 2019

AAHD FREDERICK J. KRAUSE SCHOLARSHIP
ON HEALTH AND DISABILITY (2019-2020)
 

The American Association on Health and Disability (www.aahd.us) is accepting applications for the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship for undergraduate (sophomore standing and above) and graduate students with disabilities who are majoring in a field related to disability and health

Deadline: November 15, 2019 

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM CRITERIA: The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to deserving students with a disability, pursuing undergraduate/ graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Sophomore in college) in an accredited college or university. Preference is given to students majoring in a field related to disability and health, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education, occupational therapy, physical therapy and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.
 
Applicant must have a disability and enrolled FULL TIME as an undergraduate student (sophomore standing and above) or enrolled PART TIME or FULL TIME in a graduate school. Applicant must be a US citizen or legal resident living in the US and enrolled in an accredited US university. Funds are limited to under $1,000.
 
FUNDING INFORMATION: Funds are limited to under $1,000. The AAHD Board of Directors Scholarship Committee will evaluate each of the applicants and make a decision in December of each calendar year. The 2019-2020 Scholarship Award will be awarded January 2020. It is the discretion of the Scholarship Committee to determine how many scholarships will be awarded each year and the amount of each scholarship.
 
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicant must provide a Personal Statement, including brief personal history, educational/career goals, extra-curricular activities, and reasons why they should be selected by the AAHD Scholarship Committee. This statement must be written solely by the applicant.
 
Applicant must provide two (2) Letters of Recommendation (One must be from a faculty member or academic advisor). Letters may be sent by U. S. mail or by email attachment as pdf and should include the signature of the faculty member or advisor, and the name of student should appear in the subject line of the email.
Applicant must provide an official copy of college transcript, which should be mailed
to AAHD in a sealed envelope.
 
Applicant must agree to allow AAHD to use their name, picture and/or story in future
scholarship materials.
 
APPLICATION WEBSITE:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScHl4_GQSH8qs8hLZmL5FJd_HxyzCAhKiGx1CYqj8fQvxy_Mg/viewform
 
If you prefer, you may download and complete this application form and mail it along with all of your supporting materials, in one envelope, to:
Scholarship Committee
American Association on Health and Disability
110 N. Washington Street, Suite 328-J
Rockville, MD 20850


PDF Form: https://www.aahd.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/AAHDScholarship2019-20._fillable.pdf
 


Only completed applications will be considered and must be postmarked and/or received by email no later than November 15, 2019.





 








 
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Deadline Approaching: Grants for Disabled Photographers October 21st, 2019

From New Mobility Magazine:

Calling all disabled photographers — if you’re looking for a way to influence how the public sees disability, there may not be a more powerful amplifier for your photography than a new grant opportunity from Getty Images and Verizon Media. The Disability Stories grant will award a total of $40,000 in funding to five winners to create authentic representations of disability.

The grant follows a larger collaboration between Getty, Verizon Media and the National Disability Leadership Alliance, called The Disability Collection, which seeks to change media representations of disability by integrating photos of disabled people in everyday situations into the Getty Images stock photo service. In a recent survey, Getty found that only 2% of stock photos depicted disability. Those that do often conform to harmful stereotypes. “This project is an honest effort to better represent people with disabilities,” says New Mobility editor Ian Ruder, who helped vet images for the first round of The Disability Collection. “Getty is committed to making sure the photos don’t reinforce outdated notions of pity and inspiration. Changing longstanding media practice isn’t an overnight project though.”

Disabled photographers are specifically encouraged to apply for the grant program. In addition to the monetary award, winners will also receive guidance and mentorship from one of Getty’s art directors, promotion through their social media channels and the chance to license their qualifying work on Getty Images at a 100% royalty rate. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges that includes those in the creative industries and disability activists, such as Lawrence Carter Long, the communications director for the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, and Sulaiman Kahn, the founder of ThisAbility UK.

Applications are due by November 1, and winners will be announced on December 3, the United Nations International Day of Persons With Disabilities. For more information on how to apply, click here.
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Free Event: Hearts of Glass Screening October 17th, 2019

FREE Event Alert: Hearts of Glass screening and panel discussion hosted by WarmLine Family Resource Center THIS SATURDAY, 10/19 – 4-7 PM – FREE, but please register here: http://bit.ly/HeartsofGlassSac
 
The new award-winning documentary is about an audacious social venture in Wyoming that combines high-tech local food production and meaningful employment for community members with disabilities. It’s a story of innovation, inclusion and opportunity. You can watch the film trailer at: http://bit.ly/HeartsOfGlassTrailer
 
WarmLine Family Resource Center is hosting the screening and panel discussion on 10/9 in Sacramento. The event is FREE and open to the public, but please register through the above-mentioned link. We hope you’ll join us! 
 
Location: Sierra 2 Theater, 2791 24th Street, Sacramento 95822
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Time: 4:30 – 7pm 

4:00 – 4:30 Seating (doors close at 4:30)
4:30 – 4:45 Introductions
4:45 –  6:00 Film
6:00 –  7:00 Panel discussion
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Kaiser and Your Medical Equipment October 14th, 2019


Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) is seeking information about Kaiser and whether Kaiser pays for
your medical equipment.


Your medical equipment/durable medical equipment (DME) is a part of long-term services and supports (LTSS) which paves the way for people  with disabilities and older adults to live and age in our homes and communities. 

DREDF seeks individuals and/or organizations who have faced exclusions, monetary caps, or high cost-sharing on the coverage of needed medical equipment (e.g., wheelchairs, ventilators, or transfer lifts) in an individual or small group Kaiser health insurance plan. If this applies to you, contact Hongyu Min at info@dredf.org or (510) 644-2555 for more information.

Help DREDF understand this issue by sharing your story and sharing this with people you know! 


 

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Chabot College: DisAbility Awareness Day October 3rd, 2019



Chabot College: DisAbility Awareness Day
Thursday, October 17th 2019 11:00am to 1:00pm
Cesar Chavez Courtyard (in front of Building 2400)


Come learn about amazing people, incredible history, available services and future possibilities that YOU can be a part of at Chabot College and beyond!

FREE food, fun, entertainment, games, prize and a demonstration by the Golden State Road Warriors Basketball team! Come be a part of it!

For more information, or to request accommodations, contact the DSRC at (510) 723-6725.

Check out Chabot's event page here: https://www.chabotcollege.edu/events/#/?i=2

 
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NCIL Introduces "Sex Ed for Individuals with I/DD" October 2nd, 2019

The National Council on Independent Living’s new project helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) learn about sex.

Some of the things we talk about in this project are:

  • What sex is

  • What gender is

  • What a healthy relationship looks like

  • How someone can get pregnant

  • How to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases and infections


This project is important because people with I/DD can use the videos and guide by themselves. You can ask someone to help you if you want. But the videos and guide were made for people with I/DD to use even if they don’t have someone to help them. If you work at a Center for Independent Living, you can use this project with your consumers with I/DD.
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Registration Extended: 10 Years of Youth Advocacy and Leadership September 12th, 2019

Join us October 10th 2019 in celebrating 10 years of Youth Organizing (YO!) Disabled and Proud by participating in a Southern California conference for youth (between the ages of 16 – 28) and allies with disabilities to celebrate 10 Years of Advocacy and Leadership from YO! Disabled and Proud. Connect with peers, grow your network, share your disability experience and learn about YO! Disabled and Proud's mentorship program. 
We are still seeking mentors and youth participants! The event is FREE, but space is limited. Registration closes September 27,2019 Please be sure to apply online:http://yodisabledproud.org/events/disability-mentoring.php 

For any questions contact: Raelyn Keys at Raelyn@cfilc.org

 
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University of Nevada, Reno College Fair for Students with Disabilities August 27th, 2019

Attention, students and families: The Choice is yours! 
 
Are you interested in exploring your college options for inclusive higher education? Join us for our first annual inclusive college fair, at the State of the Art Conference on Inclusive Postsecondary Education and Individuals with Intellectual Disability. 
 

November 12, 2019 5pm-7pm at the University of Nevada, Reno
Joe Crowley Student Union in the Milt Glick Ballroom

 
The College Fair is free for all registered State of the Art and Student Leadership Conference Attendees, and free for all families interested in learning about inclusive higher education programs.
To RSVP, email coordinator@sotaconference.com. 
 
If you are interested in exhibiting, visit www.sotaconference.com. The cost to exhibit at the College Fair is $50 for programs without a representative registered for the State of the Art Conference, and free for programs already attending the conference. The deadline to register for a booth is October 18, 2019. 
 
Be sure to follow the hashtag #SOTA2019 to stay connected with the conference on social media! 
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Get Your Free Back-to-School Toolkit for the 2019-2020 School Year! August 26th, 2019

From: Mental Health America (MHA)

As children and teens head back to school, many are often experiencing stress and loneliness. While it is normal to deal with some degree of stress or loneliness, if a young person continues to feel overwhelmed, unable to cope and feels as though their stress or loneliness is affecting how they function every day, they may be experiencing the first signs of a mental health condition, like depression or anxiety.
It’s important for parents, caregivers, and school personnel to know the signs that a young person is struggling with his or her mental health and be prepared to help.
Our 2019 Back to School Toolkit helps increase understanding of stress and loneliness in children and teens and provides materials on the topic for parents, school personnel, and young people.

This year’s toolkit includes:

  • Fact sheets for parents/teachers

  • Fact sheets for children/teens

  • Poster for use in schools

  • Key messages and statistics

  • Sample newsletter article; and

  • Sample social media post language and images.


[Download Toolkit]
No one has to suffer in silence. Teens can take the youth screen at www.mhascreening.org to see if they may be at risk. Parents who are concerned can take the parent survey. Once you get the results, MHA will provide you with more information and help you to figure out next steps.
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SURVEY ON BARRIERS TO RECEIVING SUPPORTS TO COMMUNICATE August 19th, 2019

Please share:

  • Are you a person with a developmental disability who needs support to communicate?

  • Are you a family member of a person who is non-speaking, minimally speaking, or unreliably speaking?

  • Are you a professional working with people with disabilities who need support to communicate?


This email is for you!

SURVEY ON BARRIERS TO RECEIVING SUPPORTS TO COMMUNICATE
Disability Voices United and Disability Rights California are leading a project called the Communication Disabilities Access Network (CDAN). The project explores the various problems that people with developmental disabilities face when trying to access communication supports. We want to know the problems you are facing so that we can develop informational materials and advocacy efforts to break down the barriers.
For this survey, "communication supports" means all aspects of a communications system that helps a person with a disability communicate. This could include Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and assistive technologies (AT).
Communication supports could be equipment, such as a letterboard, iPad, smart phone, DynaVox, JAWS, and PECs. It also consists of services, such as sign language interpreters and communication partners. It can also include communication methods, such as gestures, facilitated communication, Rapid Prompting Method, sign language, braille, and others. This survey also covers the need for assessments, training, and ongoing supervision.

There are three versions of this survey: 
1) For people with developmental disabilities who need communication supports
2) For family members of a person with a developmental disability who need communication supports , and
3) For professionals (direct care providers, agency service providers, speech therapists, educators, etc.) who serve people with disabilities who need communication supports
Click on the correct link below to find the survey.

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY FOR PEOPLE WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES/ SELF-ADVOCATES

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY FOR FAMILY MEMBERS

CLICK HERE FOR SURVEY FOR PROFESSIONALS

Feel free to forward this survey to others!

Disability Voices United is a statewide advocacy organization directed by and for individuals with developmental disabilities and family members.
We advocate for:

Choice and control over our lives,
Meaningful outcomes that matter to us, and
Systems that are equitable and accountable to us.

www.disabilityvoicesunited.org

DONATE JOIN
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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.   
 
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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!
 


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

🚌 $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)🚌

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

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

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

 [🙌] $500 can make a huge difference in a program of your choice [🙌]
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

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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
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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

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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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