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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Monday May 23, 2016
We'll be participating in the editorial advisory committee for the publication, Frontline Initiative. Our upcoming publication for the Direct Support Professionals across the country will focus on person centered services. Click to subscribe or view past editions of Frontline Initiative.
 
We'll be participating in the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE) Steering Committee chaired by Tim Hornbecker. Members are busy working on a variety of professional development initiatives including the upcoming Summer Leadership in Palm Springs (July 18-20 - early bird registration ends May 31, 2016) and the NCE Disney Institute executive leadership training just prior to the national convention. This meeting will be followed will a steering committee board development committee who is working hard to recruit the next leadership team for NCE.
 
We'll be participating in lobbying efforts to discuss the impact the minimum wage increase will have on the community providers supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families. While we are grateful the administration is proposing to pay the minimum wage increase the concern centers on the cost of related expenses associated with exempt status employees, and local ordinances.
 
Tuesday May 24, 2016
The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services chaired by Assembly member Tony Thurmond, will be meeting from 1:30 pm in the state capitol room 444. The committee will vote on items from the departments of Rehabilitation and Developmental Services during part I and II of the agenda. The committee will also take up items on Managed Health Care, Public Health, Mental Health, Health and Human Services Agency, and more in part III of the agenda.
 
The DOnetwork's 2016 #VoteDisability Get-Out-The-Vote campaign will be hosting a webinar, National Disability Voter Registration (NDVRW) Organizing and Training from12:00pm to 1:30pm. "The goal of NDVRW is to build disability community political and electoral power by increasing registration of voters with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community. The webinar will aid organizers from across the country to hold their own voter registration events, both in person and online. Participants will learn the best practices for growing the capacity of your own local voter registration effort from professional campaign organizers and disability policy advocates. It is our hope that communities across America will take part in week of civic engagement during July 11-15, 2016 which will ultimately prepare the disability community to increase our voter turnout for the November 2016 General Election. NDRVW partners include the American Association of People with Disabilities, ADAPT, California Foundation for Independent Living Centers, DOnetwork, National Disability Rights Network, National Council on Independent Living, Disability Law Center, the REV UP Texas & Massachusetts campaigns, #CripTheVote Social media campaign and the #VoteDisability campaign. 2016 is our year to increase the disability vote and begin building electoral power and hold our elected officials accountable - everyone is welcome to join us!"
 
Wednesday May 25, 2016
We'll be participating in the Self-Determination program (SDP) stakeholder group coordinated by Jim Knight of the Department of Developmental Services from 10 am to 3 pm in Sacramento. The SDP gives participants (or their parents or legal representatives) a specific budget to purchase the services and supports that they need to make their person centered plan work and may choose their services and pick which providers deliver those services. Participants are responsible for staying within their annual budget. Visit the SDP webpage to learn more about Self-Determination in California.
 
The following were announced in the Capitol Insider from The Arc US...
 
Rights/Education - Webinar on Supported Decision Making in Education
The National Resource Center on Supported Decision Making is sponsoring a webinar series, From Theory to Practice. On Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 pm, EDT, the topic will be Supported Decision-Making in Education. Recent studies have found that educational professionals are the most common source of referrals for guardianship. This webinar will feature attorneys and advocates who have worked to include Supported Decision-Making and self-determination into school curriculums. They will tell stories of triumph and struggle that are applicable to professionals across the country. The presenters are Morgan K. Whitlatch, Legal Director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Project Director of the National Resource Center of Supported Decision-Making and Laura Smith Butler, Research Policy Administrator of National Core Indicators at the Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky. Register here.
 
Prevention/Health - Webinar Launching Drive to Eliminate Lead Poisoning
The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is holding a webinar to launch Find It, Fix It, Fund It: a Lead Elimination Action Drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm, EDT. The drive has four components: a National Roundtable to develop new policies and promote legislation and administrative advocacy; a Policy Workgroup focused on federal funding; a Grassroots Workgroup; and a Media Outreach Workgroup. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input and sign up for the drive's components. Register here.
 
Family Support - Webinar on TimeBanking for Respite Services
The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is sponsoring a webinar, TimeBanking for Respite: An Innovative and Socially Just Approach to Supporting Family Caregivers on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm, EDT. This webinar will describe the history and philosophy of TimeBanking and describe how TimeBanks can be applied to the offering of respite care to family caregivers. Timebanking is based on the idea is that those receiving help can "pay" for the services they receive from others, not with money but time credits which they have earned by helping others. Edgar Cahn, CEO of TimeBanks USA, will provide an overview of the content, philosophy and functions of TimeBanks. Chris Gray, TimeBanks Special Projects Coordinator, will provide more details on how these principles can be applied to delivery of respite services. Register here.
 
Thursday May 26, 2016
The Arc US will be hosting a webinar, the Attorney Client Relationship: Bridging the Gap Between Attorneys, Clients with I/DD, and Their Families, from 10:30 am - 12:00 pm (PDT).  "Join National Center Criminal Justice and Disability as we help attorneys, clients, and their families understand each other's needs and obligations during a criminal case, and how they can work together to ensure the best representation possible for people with I/DD. Mr. Gordo will speak about his son, Paul, who has autism and was charged with assault after experiencing sensory overload at a library. Hear how the Gordo family was able to work with their defense attorney to get the charges reduced from a major felony to a misdemeanor. Ms. Kelley will discuss the ethics of representing someone with I/DD and the perspective of the attorney in cases where the client has I/DD. Ashley Brompton will discuss how the worlds of clients/families and attorneys can come together and help each other. Register here.
 
Friday May 27, 2016 - Last day for fiscal committees to hear and report to the Floor
The California Collaborative for Long Term Supports and Services (CCLTSS) will be meeting today from 9 am to 10:30 am. The collaborative works on a variety issues impacting people with disabilities and seniors and the LTSS programs they use to remain in their communities. Click to learn more about the CCLTSS.
 
We'll be participating in the stakeholder group with the Department of Developmental Services from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at DDS. The purpose of the group is to "provide DDS an opportunity to gather input from stakeholders toward the establishment of a paid internship program and the implementation of the newly authorized competitive integrated employment incentive payments.

THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION:  Public Policy Reports 

State
 
Want to vote in the June 7th election? If you're not registered yet today is the last day.
 
We found out again this year that our elected representatives are the key to meeting - or not meeting - the needs of Californians with intellectual and all developmental disabilities.
 
And guess what? Elected representatives pay attention to registered voters. Why do you think they have given themselves easy access to the voter registration rolls from their office computers? When you write or call them, they look you up.
 
Midnight tonight (Monday) is the deadline to register to vote in the June 7 election, -- when half of our state senators and all of our state assemblymembers will be on the ballot, along the candidates for President and a lot of other offices.
 
If you aren't registered (or aren't registered where you live now), click here NOW to register or re-register. If you aren't sure if you're registered at your current address, click here to check .
 
Most people with developmental disabilities can register and vote . If a court hasn't officially found you to be "mentally incompetent," your disability is no bar to voting. An yes, it's OK to ask someone you trust to help you register and vote.
 
If you're already registered and want to vote by mail, click here for instructions and the form, which you'll have to return by next Tuesday (May 31).
 
Thank you for you advocacy.

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Department of Labor (DOL) Releases New Overtime Final Rule - Including Non-Enforcement for Some Medicaid Providers
 
The DOL released the much anticipated final Overtime rule on May 18, 2016, with an effective date of December 1, 2016. Along with the rule, DOL announced a non-enforcement policy for providers of Medicaid-funded services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in residential homes and facilities with 15 or fewer beds. The full policy will be published in the Federal Register on May 23, 2016.
 
The non-enforcement policy will be in effect from December 1, 2016 (when the final rule goes into effect,) until March, 2019. This non-enforcement timeframe is intended to align with the implementation timeline of the Home and Community Based Settings final rule. This will allow Medicaid Home and Community Based Services providers who qualify to prepare for the implementation.
 
The Arc staff is in the midst of analyzing the rule and the non-enforcement policy more closely. The Arc staff anticipates, based on its review and the thoughtful questions received from chapters, seeking some further clarification from DOL in the very near future.
 
DOL has also released several documents for non-profits including guidance and a shorter fact sheet. Additional resources can be found on DOL's website. DOL will also be hosting several webinars to provide additional information: register here.

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Greg deGiere, Director of Public Policy The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
Bill File: The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaborative
 
May 23, 2016
SEN - APPROPRIATIONS
LARA, Chair 10 a.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
  • SB 879   (Beall D)   Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2016. , Position: Support, Subject: Housing & Homelessness.
  • SB 1073   (Monning D)   Residential housing: lead-based paint. Position: Support, Subject: Prevention & FASD.
 
May 25, 2016
ASM - APPROPRIATIONS
GONZALEZ, Chair 9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202
  • AB 2395   (Low D)   Telecommunications: replacement of public switched telephone network. Position: Support, Subject: misc.
  • AB 2817   (Chiu D)   Taxes: credits: low-income housing: allocation increase. Position:       Support, Subject: Housing & Homelessness.
 
May 27, 2016
SEN - APPROPRIATIONS SUSPENSE
LARA, Chair Upon adjournment of Session - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)
  • SB 873   (Beall D)   Income taxes: insurance taxes: credits: low-income housing: sale of credit. Position: Support, Subject: Housing & Homelessness.
  • SB 933   (Allen D)   Teachers: California Teacher Corps Act of 2016: teacher residency programs. Position: Support, Subject: Special Education.
  • SB 996   (Hill D)   Property taxation: welfare exemption. Position: Support, Subject: Housing & Homelessness.
  • SB 1016   (Monning D)   Sentencing. Position: Support, Subject: Criminal Justice, Safety & Civil Rights.
  • SB 1024   (Hancock D)   Developmental services: supported employment. Position: Support, Subject: Budget & Program Costs.
  • SB 1034   (Mitchell D)   Health care coverage: autism. Position: Support, Subject: Autism, Health & Medical.
  • SB 1053   (Leno D)   Housing discrimination: applications. Position: Support, Subject: Criminal Justice, Safety & Civil Rights, Housing & Homelessness.
  • SB 1380  (Mitchell D)   Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. Position: Support, Subject: Housing & Homelessness.
  • SB 1427   (Pavley D)   Workforce development: developmentally disabled individuals. Position:       Support, Subject: Work.
 
Click on a schedule for details or the full file for a complete look at our legislative workload:
 
  1. Bill File Committee Schedule
  2. Bill File Floor Schedule
  3. The Arc United Cerebral Palsy Bill File. 
Greg

Thank you for your advocacy.
Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
Community Organizing
 
Advocacy and Community Organizing
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
Report

Last weekend The Arc California was honored and recognized by Genesis, a civil rights Gamaliel affiliate in Alameda County, with the 2016 Genesis Carl Anthony Equity award presented to Tony Anderson, our state executive director.
The leaders of Genesis, including over 100 community members and leaders, met in 2015 to set their vision for community equity issues. These issues were prioritized and we are excited to report that through listening, discernment and research, the following issues have risen:
  • The School to Prison Pipeline: This group has two subgroups: a. In School issues and b. Post School issues.
  • Justice for the Disabled: This group is focused on funding for services for people with intellectual disabilities. 
  • Genesis will continue to work on our Justice for Youth Transit campaign:  This group is focused on implementation and monitoring of the Free Youth Bus Pass in Alameda County.
 
We all have an interest in breaking out of our silos to join forces with other community leaders for the good of all. We have a statewide partnership with Gamaliel and The Arc California and local partnerships between local chapters of The Arc (like The Arc Alameda County) to fight for justice and community for all.
 
Tim Hornbecker, Director
Advocacy and Community Organizing tim@thearcca.org


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Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
PREVENTION ACTIVITIES
Memorial Day Weekend is just around the corner. This holiday is great time when family and friends come together in the warm weather and communities everywhere honor those who died in military service to our country. It also is known as the holiday that kicks off the summer season.
 
Later this week we'll send out our annual water safety announcement including the governor's message and safety tips. This year Assemblymember Kansen Chu has introduce AB 470 to help improve water safety and prevent drowning deaths and severe disabilities caused by near drowning accidents. Today over 700 people with developmental disabilities are served by the Department of Developmental Services because of disabilities caused by near drowning accidents, accidents that could be prevented. Assemblymember Chu's bill simply increases the compliance of safety features for swimming pools from one feature to two features.
 
We believe this bill represents a reasonable additional safety measure for children and others at risk of drowning, it's not worth it to risk the safety of our loved ones, please tell your representatives about the need for more safety and support AB 470 (Kansen Chu):
The Swimming Pool Safety Act requires when a building permit is issued for construction of a new swimming pool or spa, or there modeling of an existing pool or spa, at a private, single-family home, that the pool or spa be equipped with at least 1 of 7 drowning prevention safety features. The act requires the local building code official to inspect and approve the drowning safety prevention devices before the issuance of a final approval for the completion of permitted construction or remodeling work. This bill would instead require, when a building permit is issued or the home is sold, that the pool or spa be equipped with at least 2 of the7 drowning prevention safety features. By imposing additional duties on local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
 
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
Prevention Coordinator
teresa@thearcca.org
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UPCOMING EVENTS
 
June 7-8, 2016
Registration Open for AAIDD Annual Meeting. The AAIDD Annual Meeting is two full days of educational sessions, exhibits, poster presentations, and networking events.  There are also optional half-day pre and post conference sessions.  Our Annual Meeting provides researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives.
 
July 31-August 2, 2016
Registration Open for Reinventing Quality
. The 2016 Reinventing Quality conference, Assuring Quality Lives for Everyone: Moving from the Why to the How, will be held July 31-August 2, 2016 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harbour place Hotel, in Baltimore, Maryland. The 2016 Reinventing Quality Conference is jointly hosted by the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, Human Services Research Institute (HSRI), University of Delaware National Leadership Consortium, American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), TASH, and American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
 
July 18-20, 2016
Summer Leadership Institute for the National Conference of Executives of The Arc annually hosts the Summer Leadership Institute (SLI), at different sites around the country. NCE strives to provide our attendees with educational materials that will help our members develop and hone their professional skills so that we can all work better and smarter towards our shared purpose - realization of The Arc's Core Values. This years' SLI will be in California at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel, Palm Springs.
 
October 21 and 22, 2016 
Consortium for the Educational Advancement of Travel Instruction will be hosting. "Takin' It to the Streets: Skills to Further Enhance Your Practice of Travel Instruction ". ACVREP Credits Available, at RTC of Southern Nevada, 600 S. Grand Central Parkway, Suite 350, Las Vegas, NV 89106 (Space is limited to 100 attendees!). A few of the keynote sessions include: "The American with Disabilities Act - 25+ Years of Providing Freedom". Anthony A. Anderson, JD; "Boots on the Ground: 13,140 days as a career Travel Instructor and Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist or Why my Hair Turned White at 30".Lydia Barden Peterson, MS; "Influencing Drivers and Reducing Street Crossing Risk: What Research Tell Us". Conference Registration: Early Bird (by 7/31) - $125, Advanced (8/1-10/14) - $150, On-Site (after 10/14) - $175. To register by mail or email, please use PDF form. Available here >>>. Online registration form and payment option using PayPal here >>>. Dates/deadlines and cancellation policy appear on the PDF form. HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: The Orleans
4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89103
, Group Name: CEATI     Reservation ID: A6RTC10, Questions? Email pfurlong831@gmail.com.
 
October 27-29, 2016
2016 National Convention & International Forum "Shaping the Future" will be in Orlando, FL this year and will be a joint disability event with The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International. "Join the global conversation as people from all over the world share best practices, struggles, successes, and hopes for the future. Our collective work is toward a common goal-to protect and promote the human and civil rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. Attendees can expect to make enduring personal and professional connections while learning how to shape the future for the better.
 

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RECENTLY RELEASED REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.
 
By Michael J. Kendrick PhD December, 2003
 
... The intent of this paper is not to discourage the use of person centered planning methods, nor is it intended to convey any sense that people might not derive appreciable benefits from their involvement with such exercises. Rather, it is a brief attempt to surround person centered practices with some context, as to what are some of the inherent limits and risks in its use. This might not be so needed, were it not for the fact that person centered planning is so often uncritically embraced as a panacea. The cultivation by any person or organization of a mystique that any of its methods or systems somehow easily transcends fundamental issues is misleading, and eventually disillusioning. Unfortunately, despite the sincerity and intentions of many of its founders and practitioners, person centered planning has now become used by many as one of those "magic bullets" we need to be wary of. The "magic", if any, in person centered approaches is in the values and ethics it can help uphold about people. These have preceded person centered planning, and can exist quite well without it.

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NEWS ARTICLES
 
PRWEB May 20, 2016 San Francisco, CA
By The Arc San Francisco
 
The Arc San Francisco, a nonprofit education and workforce development center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), announced today that it has received a $250,000 grant from Salesforce to help accelerate its education and employment initiative, Arc SF Path to College. The funds from Salesforce will support the enrollment and success of 100 adults with I/DD at City College of San Francisco and other postsecondary institutions. As part of the program, student cohorts will obtain certifications and degrees to improve their employment opportunities and gain assistance to access noncredit courses. All program participants will benefit from an enriching college experience at a choice of inclusive campuses.
 
The Arc will train and deploy education navigators who will assist students in vocation development, course registration and classroom accommodations using principles of universal design for learning (UDL).
 
The initiative is a collaboration between City College of San Francisco (CCSF), San Francisco Unified School District, California, University of Massachusetts, Boston-Think College and Special Olympics Northern CA/Nevada. Other participants include Skyline College, College of Marin and San Francisco State University. Additionally, The Arc is partnering with University of California San Francisco (UCSF) to capture metrics and provide a foundation for scaling the program nationally.
 
"Many individuals with disabilities wish to go to college just like their non-disabled peers. With this award, we can provide a clear path to postsecondary education and career opportunities for this population, creating a springboard for their personal growth and independence. Salesforce shares our vision of providing equal and authentic opportunities for all individuals to interact, collaborate, learn and achieve their dreams," said Dr. Glenn Motola, CEO, The Arc San Francisco.
 
"We have employed individuals from The Arc for more than 16 years at Salesforce. They are some of our most dedicated team members and an important part of the Salesforce family," said Suzanne DiBianca, EVP of corporate relations and chief philanthropy officer, Salesforce. "We are thrilled to support The Arc as they provide even more incredible opportunities to people with disabilities through the Path to College program."
 
About The Arc San Francisco
The Arc San Francisco is a nonprofit education, advocacy and workforce development center for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. For over 60 years The Arc SF has been widely recognized for its innovation in education and career programs as well as independent living services, health advocacy and a broad range of arts and recreation. The Arc SF supports individuals with autism, Down syndrome and other disabilities to meet the challenges of adulthood while achieving personal goals and lifelong success. Affiliations with local and national business, education and health partners help The Arc SF to provide successful internships and employment opportunities while offering a more diverse, enriching life experience.
 
 
Jewish Journal May 19, 2016
by Michelle K. Wolf
Even though there are close to 80,000 children and adults in Los Angeles County who have been formally diagnosed with developmental disabilities (DD) such as autism, intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy and epilepsy, there are very few medical clinics and offices that are have the specialized equipment and trained medical personnel to meet the needs of this growing population, which is expected to grow by 20% in the next two decades. For children with complex health issues and a DD diagnosis, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles does a great job of serving that population, and there's some very kind and compassionate pediatricians in LA County who have welcomed children with special needs into their practice, but kids eventually grow up and become adults. And who will take care of their health needs then?
 
As our own son with DD turned 21, we were gently asked by his kind, long-time pediatrician (who is retiring soon) to seek out new medical care. And we aren't alone; there's a huge gap out there in medical care for adults with DD since most doctors received little or no training while in medical school in how to communicate and treat adults with autism and other developmental disabilities. Disability Scoop reported in 2015 that researchers with Kaiser Permanente Northern California polled 922 providers of adult primary care, mental health and obstetrics and gynecology services through the insurer's network, and found that the vast majority, 77%, self-rated their ability to treat patients on the spectrum as "poor or fair." Lucky for us, we are now able to take our son to The Achievable Health Center, housed in the same building as the Westside Regional center in Culver City. Created by the Achievable Foundation, The Center is the first Federally Qualified Health Center California devoted to meeting the health needs of the DD population (and also their family members). All of the staff members are comfortable treating adults with DD. They have the right equipment, such as an adjustable, fully accessible examination table with grab bars on the sides. For people who can't stand independently on a scale, there's a special sling contraption that can hoist up a sitting person and accurately get their weight. And an on-site lab can quickly process many blood and urine tests. . .
 
East Bay Times May 20, 2016
By Dan Lawton, dlawton@bayareanewsgroup.com
 
MARTINEZ -- The mother of a girl with cerebral palsy has filed a federal lawsuit against the Martinez Unified School District, alleging her daughter was physically and verbally abused by a teacher and her aides while attending preschool. According to the lawsuit filed Thursday, the abuse occurred during the 2013-2014 school year and involved a teacher, Louise Dombrowski, and two unnamed aides. It was alleged to have happened at the Martinez Early Intervention Preschool Program. This newspaper is not naming the girl or her mother, per its policy of not identifying juvenile victims of violence. The complaint states the girl, who was between 4 and 5 years old during the alleged abuse, was hit and at times dragged by staff members when she did not move as quickly as the teacher desired.
 
The girl has minimal use of the right side of her body, according to the complaint. An attempt to reach Dombrowski at phone numbers listed in public records were unsuccessful. The complaint alleges that Martinez police opened an investigation into Dombrowski in May 2014, after a school bus driver heard the girl cry out in pain when Dombrowski grabbed her arm. The Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for information about the findings of that investigation. C.J. Cammack, deputy superintendent with the district, declined to comment on the allegations because of the pending litigation. According to the complaint, Dombrowski was briefly put on administrative leave and then returned to work. . .
 
HealthNewsLine May 20, 2016
By Neelam
 
People with impaired intellectual abilities are already at higher risk of being abused and exploited and their likelihood of abuse and exploitation increases if they use social media platforms more frequently, suggests a new study. According to the study, adults with Williams syndrome, a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with mild to moderate intellectual disability, who frequently use social networking sites, such as Facebook, are especially vulnerable to online victimisation. Besides having intellectual disability and learning problems, those suffering from Williams syndrome tend to be excessively social, friendly and endearing. "You have this very social group of people who are vulnerable in real life and now they are seeking a social outlet through the internet, communicating with people they know and do not know," said Marisa Fisher, assistant professor of special education at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US. "They do not have the training or the knowledge to know how to determine what is risky behaviour," said Fisher.
 
In one-of-its-kind study, Fisher and co-researcher Emma Lough, a doctoral student at Durham University in the United Kingdom, tried to determine the online risk of victimization for adults with Williams syndrome. They found that nearly 86 percent of adults with Williams syndrome use social networking platforms like Facebook nearly every day, typically without supervision, and nearly a third of them said they would send their photo to a stranger, go to meet a person they met online and keep online relationships from their parents. Adult participants with the syndrome also reveal personal information on their social network profiles and are prone to engage in socially risky behaviors. Debunking the past studies that pointed out sociability is a compelling characteristic in people with Williams syndrome, the recent research suggests people with this syndrome can learn to say no to an unknown person. . .


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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

 
The California State Council on Developmental Disabilities Announces:
Deadline for Applications: Must be mailed or hand delivered to headquarters at: SCDD 1507 21st Street, Suite 210, Sacramento, CA 95811 by 5:00 p.m. on May 31, 2016.
 
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration for Children & Families - ACYF/FYSB National Human Trafficking Hotline Program Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284007
 
DOI - Department of the Interior National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284031
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Serious Adverse Drug Reaction Research (R01)Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283992
 
HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Community Compass Technical Assistance and Capacity Building ProgramGranthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283996
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=284005
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services HHS - Office of the Secretary Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation Poverty Research Center Modification 1http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283914
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Reducing the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in the United States (R01)Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283883
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families Administration for Children and Families - OPRE Self-Sufficiency Research ClearinghouseGranthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283911
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services HHS - Office of the SecretaryAssistant Secretary for Planning and EvaluationPoverty Research Center Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283914
 
ED - Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Investing in Innovation (I3) Fund: Validation Grants CFDA Number 84.411BGranthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283869
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R21)Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283874
 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01)Granthttp://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=283875


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CAREER LADDER
The Arc of California posts job announcements in the Career Ladder section every week because we would like to contribute to steering quality candidates to professional positions that support people with disabilities and we are trying to communicate to Direct Support Professionals that there is a real "career ladder" in their chosen profession.
 
Jobs Page Links: Click Here

Under the general direction of the Deputy Director, Developmental Centers Division (Division), the incumbent provides executive-level leadership; assists the Deputy Director with statewide clinical and program administration, policy formulation and implementation, program evaluation, and quality management for the Division, consisting of 24-hour State-operated developmental centers (DC) and community facility (CF), and the headquarters (HQ) support services operation. Routine communications and work with Executive Management at each of the 24-hour/7 day facilities managed by the Department of Developmental Services.
 
County of Ventura's Human Services Agency, is currently seeking a Chief Deputy Director. The ideal candidate will possess excellent organizational, budgeting, administrative/ management, supervisory skills and extensive leadership experience in in a large, complex, multi-disciplinary public human service delivery system. The ideal candidate will further be a highly motivated executive with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a passion for providing the highest quality of services to the community. The individual will also have a successful track record of establishing and maintaining successful collaborative relationships among a variety of stakeholders in a comprehensive public human service system.
 
The executive search firm of Saenger Associates has been exclusively retained to conduct a search for an Executive Director for our client, a pioneer in providing services to Seniors and their families for more than 40 years. Our client provides comprehensive services for more than 10,000 seniors annually, including 500 daily meals; 200 home delivered. Additionally, the organization oversees 3 contracts for affordable senior only communities. Our client plans to open a new central facility in late 2017 that is triple the size of their present facility. Position responsibilities: Reporting to the Board of Directors, provide overall leadership for the agencies' continuing evolution and significant growth, Successfully lead, manage and execute a continued transition to balance business needs and expanded programs, Continue the company's partnering with other 501 (c) (3) organizations, Act as the FACE of the organization. . . We would welcome your comments and appreciate any thoughts you have on this truly unique and outstanding growth opportunity. Interested candidates, please send your resume to jobs@saengerassociates.com.  
 
The Chief Executive Officer will lead PRRC to an increased sense of community engagement, both inside and out. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to set the agenda and lead PRRC, together with the Board of Directors, to achieve its strategic vision. The CEO directs and oversees all aspects of the agency, including strategic planning and achievement of the mission and goals. In addition, the CEO is responsible for fiscal and budgetary management, program and service development, community relations and fundraising, operations, and the development of a skilled workforce. The CEO manages the resources of a $6.5 million annual operating budget, a staff of approximately 120, $10 million in assets and the provision of services to over 420 clients in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. Scott E. Miller, Direct: (415) 613-1354, Scott@ScottMillerExecutiveSearch.com, Scott Miller Executive Search, 1231 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA 94123.
 
Under the direction of the Deputy Director, Developmental Centers Division (DCD), the Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC) and is delegated responsibility for all clients and staff within SDC. The Executive Director is responsible for providing the leadership necessary to assist SDC in maintaining certification and the ongoing relationships with the local community; works as member of the DCD management team to achieve organizational goal sand works to support the DDS in fulfilling the Department's vision, "Building Partnerships, Supporting Choices." The Executive Director has twenty-four hour overall responsibility for the management and oversight of all DC operations and programs, including the health and safety of residents and staff.
 
The Assistant Executive Director for Employment and Day Services (AED) is a senior level position that reports directly to the Executive Director. The AED is responsible for planning and oversight of all operations in the Employment and Day Services division, the agency's largest division. The AED seeks to fulfill The Arc Baltimore's commitment to maximizing employment outcomes for all people supported by leading and managing The Arc Baltimore's strategic efforts to best align its supports to enable each individual's desired employment outcome. The position is also responsible for ensuring access to innovative, meaningful and integrated (i.e. community-based) activities for those who choose not to work (e.g. are retired).
 
The Arc of Mercer County Pennsylvania is located in western Pennsylvania 60 miles north of Pittsburgh and 70 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio. The Arc/MCAR serves Individuals with Intellectual and autism related disabilities residing in Mercer County with Day, Residential, Community Employment and Habilitation Aid programs. The Arc/MCAR Is seeking a CEO who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion, development and execution of its mission. An integral function of the position Is advocacy at the local, state and federal levels to improve the lives of those whom we serve.
 
Creative Living Options, Inc., located in West Sacramento, is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Director. This is a rewarding leadership opportunity to work with a stable organization and partner with a supportive board as the organization looks to continue their success beyond the retirement of their founding CEO. Creative Living Options, Inc.'s mission is to provide persons with developmental disabilities the opportunity to create an individual and personalized lifestyle, with the supports necessary for each person to fully participate in community life, as he or she desires. The organization has a budget of approximately $3.5M, a staff of 120 and serves customers living throughout Sacramento, Placer and Yolo counties. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors. Priority review of applications will begin Friday, April 29, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please email a resume and cover letter to cloexecutivesearch@gmail.com.
 
The California Primary Care Association is looking for a Government affairs professional responsible for leading efforts related to key public policy issues impacting community health centers.
 
Executive Director
The Executive Director (The Arc Capital Area - Central Texas) will report to the board of directors, provide vision and leadership for the organization, and manage day-to-day operations. Ideal candidates will bring to the position a variety of attributes, knowledge, and skills, including: Proven record of success with government funding, as well as fundraising through individual and corporate sponsorships and from special events. Excellent communication skills as both an effective, articulate speaker and an artful, active listener. Respectful and collaborative approach to connect with clients and their families, donors and partners, and key stakeholders. Dynamic, team-focused leader with proven experience taking an organization to new levels of services excellence and demonstrated initiative to generate and try new ideas. Administrative operations fluency, well-versed in financial management, board relations, and resource management. Energetic self-starter ready to build on our strengths and the value of our mission. Demonstrated experience leading an organization through significant growth or transition. Commitment to the importance of the mission and services of The Arc of the Capital Area and sensitivity to the challenges facing people with disabilities.

The Arc California
1225 8th Street, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95814

916.552.6619

Advocates for people with intellectual and all other developmental disabilities and their families since 1950.

The Arc California, 1225 8th Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814
 
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The Arc of California, 1225 8th Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814.  Office (916) 552-6619, Fax (916) 441-3494