ACTION ALERT: 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.

Congrats to 2018 Rooted in Writing Fellows July 10th, 2018


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 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

Reserve your spot today:

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
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ACTION ALERT: 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!

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:

  • 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:

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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 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: 
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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.
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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
Fax: 505.872.4780
 KASA National Advisory Board Member Expectations


  • 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 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

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 To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Lindsay Baran at 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


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 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
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Seeking qualified students for paid internship at Anthem April 24th, 2018


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  partnerships within and outside of Anthem with the management of Data and client reporting essential to our mission of strategic engagement.  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
Facebook: Anthem Inc. Careers
Twitter: Anthem Inc.
LinkedIn: Anthem Inc.
EOE: M/F/Disability/Veterans
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Share your workplace accommodation experience. April 9th, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of recommendation to Lindsay Baran at 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:

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 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:

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
Parent Institute registration:
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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:
Applications can be emailed to Zak Ford at 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
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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!
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Youth Training
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
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 
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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
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
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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!

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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.
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:

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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:
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:
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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 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:  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register: (select the 'Youth Track' option)
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Application open for 2018 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Summer Leadership Academy January 3rd, 2018

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

To learn more information and to apply:

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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
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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.


  • 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:
To learn more about the Longmore Institute on Disability, visit:

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,

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, The deadline to apply is August 18, 2017.

If you have additional questions about the YO! Youth Advisory Council please email 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
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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

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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. 

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.
Applications must be received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) on or before Monday, May 29, 2017.
Via Email:

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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

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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
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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        
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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 <>. Please note: applicants over the age of 18 will be subject to a background screening.
This is a competitive process and not all students will be chosen.  After receiving their application, students will be interviewed. Our goal is to make final delegate determinations by April and May 2017.  
Please work with your local DOR office to ensure that YLF applicants are either consumers or are applying to become consumers, so that they are in Plan at the time that YLF occurs. 
If you have additional questions, please call us at (855) 894-3436.
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Public Forum for Youth Seeking Subminimum Wage Employment March 15th, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


YLF has several on-site staff positions available, with the priority given to YLF alumni. If you are interested in applying to serve as a volunteer, or paid onsite staff during YLF week, please see the application and documents located at
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:

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  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 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, 
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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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