Applications due soon! Dinah F.B. Cohen DREAM Fellowship December 7th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Youth Leadership Forum Deadline Extended! November 14th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Profile photos of our two new staff members.

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

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

  • is about self-advocacy.

  • and helps solve problems that many people have.


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


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

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

  • Ages 14-24 who identify as having any disability

  • Who live in the following counties:

    • Colusa

    • Nevada

    • Sierra

    • Sutter

    • Yuba




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

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


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

  1. Email: socialmedia@cfilc.org

  2. Directly onto the Ability Tools Facebook post.)

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


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

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

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

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

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

OUTDOOR Superfest Showcase

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

Deadline to Apply: October 1, 2018


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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

 
✎ MEET OUR ROOTED IN WRITING FELLOWS! ✎


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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Santa Barbara: Youth Transition Workshop June 14th, 2018


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

  • Independence/Independent Living Skills

  • Employment

  • Advocacy

  • Mentorship

  • Community

  • Systems Change

  • Housing 

  • Post-Secondary Education 


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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

  • Youth with some leadership experience

  • Youth who are enthusiastic about leadership and advocacy

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

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

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



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

 
Participation


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

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

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

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

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


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Rooted in Writing Fellowship May 4th, 2018


✎ARE YOU ROOTED IN WRITING?✎

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

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

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



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

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

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

ONE LAST WEEKEND!!!

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

  • Cerritos, CA

  • Denver, CO

  • Wallingford, CT

  • Washington, DC

  • Chicago, IL

  • Indianapolis, IN

  • Cincinnati, OH

  • Richmond, VA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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



  • Build your leadership skills

  • Network with other youth

  • Meet with role models from the disability community



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


 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

All types of AT are welcome! AT can be:


  • Low-tech (pencil holders, utensils)

  • High-tech 

  • Hardware

  • Computer hardware/software

  • Inclusive or specialized learning materials/curriculum aids

  • Electronic devices (eye-gaze and head trackers)

  • Medical Devices (wheelchairs, walkers, braces)

  • Power lifts (vehicle and home)  

  • And much more!


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

The Youth Advisory Council includes:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Photo of diverse youth with disabilities and mentors at the 2016 Family Voices of California event

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

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

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

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

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

ASAN - Autistic Self Advocacy Network logo
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Sex-Ability Survey: Disability Community Feedback Needed August 21st, 2017

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

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


About the NCIL Youth Caucus

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

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

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


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



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


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

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

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Disability Film Festival Seeking Independent Contractor July 28th, 2017

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


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

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

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

Qualifications:

  • Experience organizing accessible events.

  • Confidence with public speaking.

  • Basic understanding of disability representations in media.

  • Strong writing and editing skills to develop promotional materials.

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

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

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

  • Located in Greater Bay Area.



Preferred Qualifications:


  • Personal experience with disability.

  • Background in disability studies and/or film studies.

  • Graphic design skills.


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

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

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

Applications will be received until the contract is filled with a goal to start on this project as soon as possible. This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Neda Nobari Foundation.
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Applications Are Now Being Accepted - YO! Youth Advisory Council July 14th, 2017

YO! Disabled and Proud connects, organizes and educates youth with disabilities. The statewide program gives youth with disabilities the opportunity to develop or enhance their leadership skills, learn about educational and employment related resources, become self-advocates and take part in taking disability community activities and events.

The YO! YAC is made up of 7 – 9 youth from across California. Members range in age from 16 – 28 and should be familiar with the YO! program, when they apply to join the Youth Advisory Council.  

The YO! YAC is assists with prioritizing YO! Community Organizing Campaigns, overall program goals and provides input and feedback on policies impacting youth with disabilities on a local, statewide and national level.

YO! YAC Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Must identify as a youth with a disability between the ages of 16 – 28.

  • Must live in the California.  

  • Willing to participate in quarterly teleconference meetings during evening and weekend hours.

  • Participate in YO! Disabled & Proud events or activities both in-person and virtually.

  • Promote the YO! Disabled & Proud program.

  • Assist in recruiting new members.

  • Participate in YO! community organizing campaigns.

  • Provide peer support to other youth in the YO! Disabled & Proud program.

  • Serve a two year term on the YAC.

  • Ability to participate in teleconference and/or online meetings.

  • YAC members should expect to do between 2 – 6 hours of work per month.


A small stipend is provided on a quarterly basis to council members.  Youth interested in applying should complete the online application on the YO! Disabled & Proud website, http://yodisabledproud.org/volunteer/yo-yac-application.php. The deadline to apply is August 18, 2017.

If you have additional questions about the YO! Youth Advisory Council please email youthorganizing@cfilc.org or call the YO! hotline at 1(866)296-9753. 
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APRIL Youth Conference and T-Shirt Design Contest July 7th, 2017


The Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) is a national grassroots, consumer controlled, nonprofit membership organization, and for more than two decades this organization holds a conference to address the issues that people with disabilities that live in rural areas experience.
 
This year, October 20th-23rd, 2017 the 23rd Annual APRIL Conference and Youth Conference will take place in Spokane, Washington at the Davenport Grand. The main conference theme will be "Indivisible with Liberty and Justice for All ". And on October 21st-23rd the Youth Conference which has embraced the same "Team Work Makes the Dream Work". For those interested in attending the youth conference a scholarship is available for people under the age of 30.
 
You can also enter a T-shirt design contest. The winning designer will receive a full scholarship (including lodging and conference registration with a free shirt) to the 2017 APRIL Youth Conference and APRIL Conference in Spokane, WA on October 20 – 22!
 
 
For more information about the conferences, scholarships and the T-shirt design contest go to the APRIL website
https://www.aprilrural.org/index.php/new-annual-conference
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Scholarship Applications for Students with LD/ADHD Now Open for the Class of 2018 July 5th, 2017

 
The Anne Ford Scholarship and the Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship applications are now officially open! High school seniors who are part of the class of 2018 and have an identified learning disability and/or ADHD are welcome to apply.

The Allegra Ford Thomas Scholarship is a $2,500 one-time scholarship awarded to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a two-year community college, a vocational or technical training program, or a specialized program for students with learning and attention issues in the fall of 2018.
The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship ($2,500/year over four years) granted to a graduating high school senior with a documented learning disability and/or ADHD who will be enrolled in a full-time bachelor’s degree program in the fall of 2018.

Students can submit applications beginning July 5th. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by November 6th.

Information about eligibility requirements and how to apply can be found at ncld.org/scholarships
 

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Deadline Extended: Apply for the 2017 Youth Transitions Fellowship by May 29! May 24th, 2017


Deadline Extended: Apply for the 2017 Youth Transitions Fellowship by May 29!

 
The HSC Foundation, in partnership with the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL), is now accepting applications for a paid fellowship position with the organizations’ disability youth transition and collaboration work. This fellowship is ideal for a person with a disability who has an interest in youth career transitions and employment solutions. The fellowship starts in June 2017, and continues for 12 months. Under the supervision of NCIL’s Operations Director, the Youth Transitions Fellow (YTF) will gain exposure to youth programs serving people with disabilities and will have the opportunity to facilitate collaboration among internship, fellowship, and apprenticeship programs based in the Greater Washington, DC area.
 
Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

 


  • Ability to facilitate collaboration among large groups

  • Ability to work with people in all levels of an organization, including young people with a variety of disabilities

  • Strong communication skills and strong organizational skills

  • Creative and innovative personality

  • Familiarity with technology and social networking tools

  • Strong interest in youth transition for people with disabilities and organizing. 



Eligibility:
College graduate 26-or-younger who self-identifies as an individual with any type of disability is invited to apply. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability. Please Note: This fellowship is specifically for people with disabilities.
 
Please Provide the Following to apply:


  • Please attach your resume in Microsoft Word format.

  • Please provide the contact information for four (4) references who are familiar with your qualifications relevant to this fellowship and your personal character.

  • Please attach in Microsoft Word format two (2) letters of recommendation from two (2) of the above-mentioned references. 


What Happens Next:
Completed applications received by NCIL before 11:59 PM EDT, Monday, May 29, 2017 will be collected and reviewed by our team.
Semi-Finalists will be contacted for short, preliminary telephone interviews.
Finalists will be contacted for formal telephone interviews. 
 
The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center
The HSC Foundation’s National Youth Transitions Center is a collaborative learning community to benefit youth with disabilities and returning wounded veterans. The National Youth Transitions Center, developed by The HSC Foundation, will bring together the resources of multiple organizations to provide much needed transitions related services, research, public policy, best practices, pilot projects, and evaluation so that youth with disabilities can achieve their greatest level of independence. The Center will create a forum to enhance the ability of young people and veterans with disabilities to enter and reenter the workforce, participate in and contribute to community life, and become productive members of society.
 
The National Council on Independent Living
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. Founded in 1982, NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: individuals with disabilities, Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States.
 
An outcome of the national Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements, NCIL was founded to embody the values of disability culture and Independent Living philosophy, which creates a new social paradigm and emphasizes that people with disabilities are the best experts on their own needs, that they have crucial and valuable perspective to contribute to society, and are deserving of equal opportunity to decide how to live, work, and take part in their communities.
 
TO APPLY:
Applications must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) on or before Monday, May 29, 2017.
Via Email: kings@ncil.org

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Disability Capitol Action Day April 19th, 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Join WebEx meeting:
Meeting number (access code): 922 480 544
Join by phone 
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Can't join the meeting?  
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that this WebEx service allows audio and other information sent during the session to be recorded, which may be discoverable in a legal matter. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to being recorded, discuss your concerns with the host or do not join the session.
 
Teresa Moore
SARTAC Director
Mooreadvoacy@hotmail.com        
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YLF Student Applicant Deadline Extended! March 17th, 2017


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

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


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

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

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


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

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



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


 


YLF has several on-site staff positions available, with the priority given to YLF alumni. If you are interested in applying to serve as a volunteer, or paid onsite staff during YLF week, please see the application and documents located at www.dor.ca.gov/YLF
Staff applications are due Friday, March 24th.

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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