ACTION ALERT: 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.

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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Meet our new Youth Organizer November 17th, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.nonviolenceleadership.org/apply-now.html 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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