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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday September 28, 2015
The Self-Determination Stakeholder group will be meeting today to discuss the status of the Waiver application, updates from the Training subgroup, Outreach subgroup, FMS subgroup, and the new Frequently Asked Questions resource.  
We'll be meeting with high-level content expert on the transition issues for the CMS new rules and the WIOA to review the status in other states including activities from the provider and advocacy groups.
The Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) will conduct a statewide public meeting from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm regarding vocational rehabilitation and supported employment services. The meeting will be at the Department of Rehabilitation, 721 Capitol Mall, Room 242, Sacramento, CA 95814. "Remote Locations at DOR Districts include: Orange San GabrielSan Joaquin ValleyGreater Los AngelesInland EmpireSanta Barbara and Redwood Empire.  Participants may provide comments by email or U.S. Mail to: California Department of Rehabilitation, Planning Unit, 721 Capitol Mall, 3rd Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814: Teleconference is also available for those who would like to present comments but cannot attend in person: Teleconference Number: 877-929-8953, Participant Code: 3748633.
Tuesday September 29, 2015
The California Disability Services Association will be meeting in San Diego for their annual meeting today through Thursday. The association event will include numerous sessions on best practices in providing developmental services, participating in advocacy, and review and updates on the public policy issues. We'll be participating in one of the public policy panels on Wednesday after. To learn more about the California Disabiity Services Association "Like" them on Facebook and visit their upcoming new CDSA website soon.
Wednesday September 30, 2015
Today is the deadline for the applications in for the Let's Get Healthy California Innovation Challenge.  "Does your community have a great innovation to share... with Community fitness activities, Mobile apps to promote healthy choices, Health literacy campaigns, Improving the health care experience, Connecting non-traditional partners to promote health, Leveraging data to target interventions to reduce disparities, Making better care available to vulnerable communities, And much, much more!" In January the state will host a conference in Sacramento, Let's Get Healthy Innovation Conference that will cover all these topics and more. Visit the California Health and Human Services Agency Let's Get Healthy information website or email 
Thursday October 1, 2015
The LEAD Center will launch it's National Employment First Website at 12 pm (PT). "This platform, funded by ODEP and housed on the National LEAD Center's website, provides a unique comprehensive resource for policy-makers, researchers, and external stakeholders to learn about national trends and activities in Employment First..." Users will be able to download outcome data across all federally funded system (education, I/DD adult services, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, workforce investment, and others) , compare states, and more.

The Arc US announces that the application for the Marchand Internship is due today.The Paul Marchand Internship Fund provides $3,000 per semester or summer session to assist interns interested in pursuing careers in public policy advocacy for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). For 38 years, Paul Marchand was a dedicated disability policy advocate and recognized leader working on behalf of people I/DD and the larger disability community. Upon his retirement in 2011, The Arc, with substantial contributions from United Cerebral Palsy, other organizations, and individuals with whom Paul worked during his decades in Washington, established an internship to honor Paul and to continue to cultivate disability policy advocates. See application information and FAQs.
Friday October 2, 2015 - October 6, 2015
The Aging and Disability Resource Center Advisory Committee co-chaired by Darrel Keltch, C4A and Teresa Favuzzi, CFILC will be meeting from 10 am to 3 pm at hte California Department of Aging.  The committee will work on the ADRC Advisory Committee Charter, ADRC Designation Criteria, Levels of ADRC designation, Quality Assurance Measuring performance, California Community Transitions Update, and the ADRC/CCT Crosscutting Issues. To learn more about the California ADRC visit the ADRC webpage.
Friday October 2, 2015 - October 6, 2015
Beginning on Friday October 2nd we'll be participating in a variety of leadership activities including the steering committee of the National Conference of Executives of The Arc, professional development for the NCE members, national awards ceremony featuring a recognition of Karyn Gregorius, Executive Director, The Arc Amador/Calaveras County "Rising Star" and George Suess, Executive Excellence award (our highest honor). Starting in the afternoon of October 3rd we'll begin our national convention. "Unite, Inspire, and Celebrate with The Arc! You're invited to the "Amateur Sports Capital of the World" in Indianapolis with The Arc as we network, get inspired, celebrate our accomplishments, and lead the movement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into the future! The Arc's 2015 National Convention will take place October 3 - October 5 in Indianapolis, IN with more than 800 people who share your passion for disability issues. Absorb the energy of committed volunteer leaders, chapter professionals, family members, and advocates.Learn from the best and share experiences with colleagues from across the country.Add your voice to those who are shaping the future of The Arc, and then take that energy and enthusiasm back to your community and lead the way to change!"
Visit our newly redesigned Convention Program to find a little something for everyone:
  • An inspiring opening by Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics and world-renowned activist
  • Opportunities to connect and get inspired by top professionals in the disability community, as well as The Arc's national network of nearly 700 chapters
  • Focused programming for chapters, families, and individuals with I/DD, including a self-advocacy symposium, succession planning, supporting a sibling with I/DD, future planning, education advocacy, and much more!
  • Fun nightly events, including a free film festival and tailgate complete with food and games
Visit and register now to take advantage of registration discounts and Chapter and Family Passes! Special Thanks to Our Sponsors: Comcast NBCUniversal, Special Needs Alliance, Mercer, Therap, WB Mason, CARF International, Metlife, Mutual of America, and Relias Learning.*
On the last day several members will visit the site for The Arc of Indiana's Training Institute and Teaching Hotel. The Arc of Indiana is building a Training Institute and Teaching Hotel where all people with disabilities can participate in a postsecondary education opportunity in hospitality, food service or healthcare. Housed within a Courtyard by Marriott, the "teaching Hotel" concept is the first in the country. It will be located in Muncie, Indiana with a planned opening of December 2015. The training institute will train an estimated 100 people each year in any aspect of hotel and restaurant operations that they are interested in, plus six areas of healthcare.

Greg deGiere, 
Public Policy Director
"On recess until the legislature returns in January" 
This week's guest alert comes from CCS4families urging Governor Brown to sign AB 187 (The Arc UCP Collaborative has a support position for this bill).
Act Today! Ask Governor Brown to sign AB 187, extend California Children's Services California Legislature unanimously passed Assembly Bill 187 (Bonta) to extend the California Children's Services (CCS) carve out for an additional year. As Governor Brown reviews the bill, it is critical that he hears about the vital importance of CCS specialty care from families, agencies, providers, and advocates.

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) proposes ending the CCS carve out, and requiring medically fragile children to receive specialty care through Medi-Cal managed care. It is important that the CCS carve out is extended for an additional year to ensure that the needs of children with complex medical conditions are fully considered before any program changes are implemented.

NOW IS THE TIME to urge Gov. Brown to sign AB 187 and help protect California's most vulnerable children.See what others are saying.
  • FAMILIES: Tell the Governor why your child must continue to have access to CCS specialty providers.
  • PROVIDERS, ADVOCATES, and AGENCIES: Share the value of CCS "centers of excellence" for specialty care for ALL children with special health needs; and the need to take more time to build in protections and give families more of a voice in making program improvements, before making changes to this important program.
FAX your letter TODAY: 916-558-3160
CALL the Governor's office TODAY: 916-445-2841
EMAIL the Governor TODAY
MAIL your letter TODAY:
Honorable Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
California State Governor
State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA

Greg deGiere
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)  
552-6619 ext. 4
Congress plans to take up the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) in the fall.  Right now the most important thing that must be added to the legislation is greater accountability - holding schools accountable for how well their students do.  High school graduation rates and performance on assessments are the main ways to know how students are doing. 
Unfortunately, a school's overall student population can meet state-set accountability goals while its subgroups of students with disabilities do not.   In other words, students with disabilities' performance can be masked by school averages.  And if the problem remains hidden, then nothing is done to address it.
Take Action - Call your Senators and Representatives now
What to say:
  • I am a member of The Arc (or other organization you are from)
  • I am calling about the Early Secondary Education Act reauthorization.
    • Please make sure that the bill includes greater accountability for student achievement, especially subgroups of students.
  • Accountability can be improved by adding provisions to:
    1. ensure that states require intervention in schools where any student subgroup is not meeting state-determined goals;
    2. set a reasonable timeline of 3 years to take steps to help districts if interventions are not effective; and
    3. ensure the participation of 95% of all enrolled students in the state accountability system.
Thank you!

Also, sign up for: The Arc US Capitol Insider
Click on The Arc UCP California Collaborative Bill File

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...
March, Rally and Follow Up!
Shira Leeder and Alette Coble-Temple are not sitting in their wheelchairs waiting for legislators and the governor to do the right thing, approving a 10% budget increase for services to their friends with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Instead, they are following up the Speak for Justice Rally and March with action locally! In order to get more supporters, they are speaking to members of Corpus Christi Catholic Church. They will explain the over 10 years of rate freezes, cut back in services, and the recently passed "Employment First Legislation" becoming "Employment Last" because the State never approved additional funding for supported employment! Go figure!
Shira has been looking for a job so that she can be independent. She lives in the community, but wants to work like everybody else. She doesn't want to be so dependent on her family, because what is going to happen someday when she doesn't have them? She worked so hard to graduate from University of California, Berkeley.   But now as a graduate she wants work!
Alette does have a career, but also finds time to volunteer and especially to be a vocal advocate for people with disabilities and their families. Dr. Alette Coble-Temple is a professor of psychology at John F. Kennedy University. But when she is not teaching, she travels around the country as the newly selected Ms. Wheelchair United States.   She speaks very adamantly about her struggles to be a parent and have a wonderful daughter, when the State said no. Result: happily married with an incredible daughter now!
So Shira and Alette are going to ask these church members and other organizations, to join the disability movement by going with them to the local offices of their legislators. My request to all of you advocates and community organizers statewide: do the same locally! We still have a chance until the 'Special Session' ends! Keep up the pressure. Your personal stories are powerful. Lives of people with disabilities need to matter!

Speak up, speak often, and get to 'em locally!

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Community Organizing and Advocacy

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
This comes entry was forwarded by Valarie Lipow , FASD Network of Southern California:
FASD: Why get it diagnosed?
Why seek out a diagnosis on the FASD spectrum?
For many parents, professionals and individuals who already have a confirmed FASD diagnosis, this is a confusing question. Why wouldn't you want a correct medical diagnosis of an FASD? For most of us, proper and accurate diagnosis has opened doors to understanding - in our families, in ourselves, and for professionals and the support systems around us. For many of us, a diagnosis of FASD is driving care, serving as a vehicle for awareness, and gives crucial comfort and relief: there's a reason for these behaviors, and it has to do with the brain. It helps us shift our understanding (and everyone else's) from this person WON'T behave as others do to this person CAN'T behave as others do because their brain does not work the same.
Nevertheless,  this question is often asked by parents and family members who suspect an FASD but who haven't yet gotten a diagnosis, particularly in areas where there is little diagnostic capacity, support for individuals or families impacted by the disorder,or any real understanding of FASD.  Professionals who know little about FASD often discourage diagnosis, saying that 'there's nothing you can do' about it, or the WHY of behaviors doesn't matter when considering what to do about them. But parents, family members, caregivers, professionals, and individuals themselves who have been impacted by FASD know that diagnosis is crucial, and in fact, the question of WHAT to do about behaviors has everything to do with the WHY.
We asked our online parent forum, Shifting the Paradigm (on Facebook), reasons to diagnose, and here's what parents said:
  • Because the information you get at a diagnosis is very valuable. Diagnosis involves neuropsychological testing, adaptive functioning, speech, and occupational therapy evaluations. All of this helps you understand the person with FASD.
  • Understanding leads to appropriate accommodations and environmental change. Once we understand the behaviors associated with FASD as the result of brain damage acquired in utero, we can see these behaviors as symptoms of a permanent physical disability, vs. a 'choice' or evidence that the child is 'bad.' It shifts our understanding of the meaning of behaviors: from the person IS a problem, to the person HAS a problem. As our understanding changes, so does our response as caregivers, parents, professionals, and support personnel.
  • Even though there may not be many people around you who understand what FASD is, there is actually a huge body of information and research out there and having the diagnosis will lead professionals, support personnel, and all other people around you or your child to greater understanding.
  • Because if you use medications, they usually work differently in individuals with FASDs, and this provides a reason why.
  • Diagnostic rates are incredibly low and the majority of people with FASDs are either undiagnosed or diagnosed incorrectly. In order to drive increased diagnostic capacity and create accurate diagnostic rates, we need to seek out diagnosis whenever possible.
  • Having a proper diagnosis allows you to network with other families who have similar diagnoses. There is great power in community.
  • It gives you a diagnostic trail that can be used to acquire services and monies (e.g., ID/DD services or SSI) .
  • A diagnosis of one of the FASDs is increasingly being recognized as a mitigating factor in the criminal justice system. Of course, prevention of criminal acts by appropriate supervision and support is everyone's goal, but if there is justice involvement a diagnosis on the spectrum can help everyone involved understand the situation differently, and may result in more appropriate sentencing.
  • If we bury our head in the sand, people with FASDs might just think they are bad or something is wrong with them. Many individuals who have received a diagnoses report feeling better knowing it is not their fault.
Labels happen to those who are different, and by getting an accurate diagnosis we take control of that label. Labeling a person with FASD comes with a wealth of information explaining the "whys" of behavioral differences. Instead of uninformed people around him choosing labels like" stupid, willful, defiant, delinquent, incorrigible, trouble maker, bad, lazy "-people can see individuals with FASD as who they really are: sweet, eager to please, creative, bright, and disabled due to prenatal alcohol exposure.

Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
Prevention Coordinator

October 7-8, 2015
Therap's Southern California Conference in Anaheim California, Red Lion Hotel Anaheim, 1850 South Harbor Boulevard, Anaheim, CA 92802. "Come spend a day or two with the Therap West Team and see what 20,000+ Californians are doing when they log into Therap each month. Mingle with current Therap Users and the Training and Implementation Team. Therap has been supporting agencies in California since 2006! Breakout Sessions will include: Introductions for New or Potential Users, Policy and Procedural Considerations for Implementing an Electronic System, Person Centered Planning, Daily Data Collection and Communication, Behavior Support Tracking, SIR Tracking, eBilling and other Billing tracking and claims, Health Tracking, Medication Administration, Employment Tracking and Milestones, Outcome focused documentation, managing access for Audits, and Circle of Support members, and much more. Contact to see if you are eligible for a discount!
October 8-9, 2015
Supported Life Conference 2015, Supported Life Institute and SCDD - Sacramento Office present the 29th Annual Conference Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5321 Date Ave. Sacramento, CA 95841 (916) 338-5800. "Ready or Not ~ Change is Coming" this conference will include over 400 people with developmental disabilities (diagnoses such as autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, epilepsy, intellectual or cognitive disability, and other severe disabilities), their family members, and the professionals who support people to be fully engaged citizens, participating in all aspects of their communities. Please contact: Andy Faletti, Project Coordinator,, (916) 567-1974, Click here for more information,
November 18-20, 2015
The NADD 32nd Annual Conference & Exhibit Show, "Equality, Recovery, Access: Integrating Treatment & Services for Persons with IDD/MI" will be in San Francisco, California this year. The 32nd Annual NADD Conference Co-Chairpersons will be Peggie Webb, MA, San Diego Regional Center, San Diego, CA and Michael Kennedy, MFT, Behavioral Health Services, Sonoma, CA. The featured keynote speakers include: Dave Hingsburger, Vita Community Services, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, "ID and Identity: Claiming and Owning Difference" and Brian King, MD, MBA, Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington "Equality/Recovery/Access: The Future Is Now".
December 2, 2015
The California Alliance for Direct Support Professionals will be hosting a conference, Caring and Competence; A Conference for Direct Support Professionals A celebration, an educational experience and a unique event!! The event features nationally renowned speakers from National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Shift Happens and Hope House Foundation. The conference will be at the Embassy Suites LAX-South, 1440 E. Imperial Avenue El Segundo, CA 90245.  The phone number to the hotel is (310) 469-0033.  The event will begin at 9 am so be sure to be there by 8:30 am to register and check-in.
December 3, 2015
The California Alliance for Direct Support Professionals will be hosting a conference, Caring and Competence; A Conference for Direct Support Professionals A celebration, an educational experience and a unique event!! The event features nationally renowned speakers from National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals, Shift Happens and Hope House Foundation. The conference will be at the Hilton Garden Inn, Emeryville, CA. The Hilton Garden Inn is off the freeway between Oakland and San Francisco CA, 1800 Powell Street Emeryville, CA 94608.  The phone number to the hotel is (510) 658-9300. The event will begin at 9 am so be sure to be there by 8:30 am to register and check-in.


Working Paper Recap
Authors: Judith A. Cook, Jane K. Burke-Miller, and Dennis D. Grey (University of Illinois at Chicago)
In the latest DRC working paper, "The Impact of Contingent Work on Subsequent Labor Force Participation and the Wages of Workers with Psychiatric Disabilities," researchers examine the effects of contingent work (for example, temporary jobs) on later employment and on the earnings of people with psychiatric disabilities. They used data from the Employment Intervention Demonstration Program, a randomized trial across eight U.S. sites that focused on supported employment interventions for 1,648 adults with serious mental illnesses. They hypothesized that (1) participant characteristics would predict the likelihood of contingent employment, (2) holding an initial contingent job would be associated with subsequent contingent work, and (3) an initial contingent job would be associated with poorer subsequent outcomes in the labor force. The analysis included cross-sectional and longitudinal multivariable regression and random regression models. These models assessed the extent to which holding a first job that was contingent affected later outcomes related to labor force participation, controlling for worker demographics, clinical diagnoses, receipt of evidence-based supported employment services, and geographic region.
The researchers found that older workers were less likely to hold contingent jobs and that contingent labor was more likely among those who held a larger number of jobs during the study period. People who had a first job that was temporary were also significantly more likely than those with a permanent first job to have contingent employment later. In addition, people who had a contingent first job were less likely to have a competitive job later, and they had lower total and monthly earnings than those with a permanent job. The policy implications of these findings are that contingent work is typically undesirable in vocational rehabilitation, leading to more temporary work and poorer outcomes in the labor force. Supported employment and other return-to-work programs should not rely heavily on contingent jobs for aspiring workers, and funders of such programs should be aware of the potentially negative impact of these types of positions on vocational outcomes.
The San Jose Murcury News September 25, 2015
By Tracy Seipel
Whenever Misti Foletta let her son play outdoors, she made sure to tell her neighbors that he had autism, warning them that he might hit and kick their children or yank them off their bikes. "The look on their faces was, 'Oh my God, what?' " said Foletta, a San Jose mother of three children, including a younger son who also has autism. But they were quickly relieved when Foletta assured them that she would always be within arm's reach. Today, after years of behavior therapy and hard work to curb his outbursts, her 12-year-old son can play inside neighbors' homes, she said -- without her by his side. With the right therapy and supervision -- and a good dose of compassion and patience from friends and neighbors -- many children with autism can learn to interact safely with schoolmates and neighbors, say experts and parents of children with autism. Recent headlines about the Sunnyvale neighbors fighting in court over whether an 11-year-old boy with autism was a public nuisance is so unusual, they say, that it's caused a host of misconceptions about living alongside children with autism.
"If you look around, most autistic kids are very peaceful -- they're not very social," said Dr. Antonio Hardan, chief of child and adolescent psychiatry at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. "In terms of aggression towards others, it's not very common." When aggression surfaces, experts say, it's often because the children have limited verbal ability or none at all. So when these individuals with autism want something -- to walk, drink water or eat food, for example -- or just want to avoid something not pleasing to them, they may push, pull, hit or bite, though that's more often directed at adults, such as their parents, teachers and therapists, than at other children. "Their communication skill deficits put them at risk of developing these behaviors," said Bridget Taylor, a well-known national researcher in autism and co-founder and executive director of the Alpine Learning Group in New Jersey. "Because they are unable to communicate, they don't have the skills to negotiate or interact better." Experts say it's difficult to make generalizations about autistic people. "There's a saying in the autism community: If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism," Taylor said.
...As parents face the challenges of raising children with autism, many say it's important for the public to show compassion and help autistic children adjust to their community. Residents in the Sunnyvale neighborhood say they did just that, but that the boy's menacing behavior continued until they felt like they were on "red alert" every time their children and the boy were outside at the same time. When an effort to create a safety plan for the block broke down, two couples sued the boy's parents in June 2014. Even though the family moved away a year ago, the two couples -- one of whom moved from their rental home last month -- are seeking unspecified damages. Last week, the couples and the boy's parents agreed to meet with a judge next month to try to resolve their differences through mediation. San Jose resident Katie Heredia, the mother of a more verbal 7-year-old autistic boy, said trying to change her son's behaviors takes time. When he learns a process, "he has to do it over and over and over again.'' And even after he finally appears to grasp something, he may forget it and a new approach will be needed. Still, Heredia can understand how upset the Sunnyvale neighbors were that the boy would lash out at their children. "I'm not excusing the behavior," she said, "but at the same time, both sides have to understand the other and come to the table."

Los Angeles Daily News September 24, 2015
A special session to discuss funding for services for people with developmental disabilities is expected to convene in Sacramento in October to pick up where lawmakers left off when the regular session ended this month. Conference committees are expected to discuss the issue along with transportation, infrastructure and other topics. Several state senators were recommended to join the conference committees by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, including Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina. At the last special session, which was paused on Sept. 11, Hernandez introduced a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help boost by 10percent the funding for the developmentally disabled and the state's 21 regional centers. The regional centers distribute funding to service providers. Since the 2007 recession, providers estimate $1 billion in state money for services to the developmentally disabled has been cut, including funding for programs that provide job and skills training for about 280,000 Californians. Since then, state funding has stagnated while the cost of living in California has soared, providers have said.
Contra Costa Times
By Sarah Tan Correspondent
OAKLAND -- A proposal by the Oakland school district to integrate more special needs students into general education classrooms has hit a nerve with some teachers and parents. District officials said that the proposed change by Superintendent Antwan Wilson is an effort to improve all students' ability to be ready for college and to more fully comply with state and federal laws that require all students with special needs be put in the "least restrictive environment possible." But special education teachers and students disagree. "The full push toward an all-inclusive classroom is really a push to downgrade special education," said Mark Airgood, a special education teacher at Edna Brewer Middle school. Airgood said he thinks the district's plan to integrate more special education students into general education classes represents a step backward. "I think it's a very cynical sentiment. You're taking away real services with smaller classrooms in the name of inclusion," he said.
The district will bring the formal proposal to the school board in November. If approved, the program will be phased in over three to five years. Oakland Unified spokesman Troy Flint said that the district fully intends to provide appropriate support for students in integrated classrooms and that the move toward integration would actually cost the district more money because it would have to hire staff with multiple qualifications to address both the physical and academic needs of some special education students. "A lot of critics misunderstand our intent. It's not a sink-or-swim model where we take these kids with special needs and toss them into the deep end," Flint said. "This is about helping kids thrive and challenging kids and allowing them to fulfill their potential." While state and federal law mandates that all children with special needs be integrated into general education classrooms to "the greatest extent possible," many schools in the past have loosely interpreted this phrase. Some have cut costs by putting all students with special needs into specialized, separate classrooms, sometimes without first fully testing a child's ability to handle a general education classroom. About 14 percent of Oakland Unified's 5,500 special education students are classified as "mild" or "moderate" in their disabilities on their Individualized Education Programs, and the change will affect these students the most.
... Stephen Rosenbaum, a former disability rights attorney and associate law professor at UC Berkeley, said that inclusion can, overall, be better for all students involved, though the policy's execution will be important. Rosenbaum is also the father of a child with disabilities who attended a Berkeley Unified school and who was fully integrated into general education classrooms. "From a parent standpoint, I understand ... my child will be in a bigger classroom, they'll drown in there, they won't get the attention they need, all of those things come up," Rosenbaum said. "If you don't give any support to the teacher or a teacher's aide, then it is a dump and pray situation, close your eyes and hope that this works." Having paraprofessionals, classroom aides, assistive technology and assistance for the classroom teacher to offer one-on-one attention when needed would be the types of support that would help successfully implement an integrated classroom model. "The devil is in the details," Rosenbaum added. For parents of special needs students in Oakland Unified, the concern seems to be that the decision may not be fully thought out. ...


The following grant opportunity postings were made on the Find Opportunities service: 
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative: Foundations of Non-Invasive Functional Human Brain Imaging and Recording - Bridging Scales and Modalities (R01) Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Novel Approaches to Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Access of Communities to Care Through Enabling System Strengthening (ACCESS) Center for Global Health Modification 2
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Centers in Self-Management of Symptoms: Building Research Teams for the Future (P20) Grant
HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development General Section to HUD's Fiscal Year 2016 Notice[s] of Funding Availability for Discretionary Programs (General Section) Modification 1
HHS Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Centers Without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies: Developing Transformative Therapies for Modifying or Preventing Epilepsy (U54) Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Major Opportunities for Research in Epidemiology of Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Resilience (R01) Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Understanding Alzheimer's Disease in the Context of the Aging Brain (R01) Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Centers of Excellence in Self-Management of Symptoms (P30) Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration Social and Behavioral Interventions to Increase Organ Donation Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Enhancing Public Health Surveillance of Autism Spectrum Disorders and Other Developmental Disabilities through the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network 
CNCS - Corporation for National and Community Service 2016 RSVP Limited Geographical Area Competition Grant
HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health SBIR Technology Transfer (R43/R44) Grant

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 
Executive Director, DC Coalition of Disability Providers
The DC Coalition of Disability Providers is seeking a consulting Executive Director (ED) to serve its member organizations. This is a 35-40 hours per week independent contractor position, offering a competitive monthly contract fee. The ED will serve as a single-person staff initially. It is anticipated, however, that with success in member recruitment and non-dues resource development, this position would transition to full-time employee status in future. The Coalition is a nonprofit association representing over 60 community service providers that support people with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Services provided by DC Coalition members span a broad range of services, including residential, in-home supports, respite care, employment and day services. This is a dynamic opportunity for an experienced (self-directed) nonprofit professional interested in stewarding a mission-driven nonprofit toward growth, innovation, and positioning as an influential public policy stakeholder. Candidates must have a proven track record as an administrator, policy advocate and coalition-builder.
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is seeking a public policy analyst to work on government relations activities. NASDSE is a national membership organization that represents the state directors of special education. Our mission is to provide services to state agencies to facilitate their efforts to maximize educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities. The membership and staff of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education are committed to a performance-based educational system responsive to the needs of all children and youth, including those with disabilities.
The Arc Baltimore is seeking an experienced and committed leader and manager to head its Employment and Day Services division. The Assistant Executive Director (AED) for Employment and Day Services 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 with a budget of more than $27 million and providing services to more than a thousand individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (including autism) with about 350 staff. The Arc Baltimore is committed to maximizing employment outcomes for all people we support and continues on a path to align its supports and programs so that more and more individuals can enjoy competitive, integrated employment. The Assistant E.D. will share that commitment and bring new energy and leadership to The Arc Baltimore's strategic efforts to best align its supports to enable each individual's desired employment outcome. Candidates for this position shall have a Master's degree in a relevant field and a minimum of ten years' experience providing supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (or a closely related human service endeavor) at least half of which has included management and supervisory experience. To learn more about this position (and to apply if desired), visit The Arc Baltimore's website at and click on the 'Join Our Staff' tab.

Senior Associate Executive Director for Chapter Relations

The position will: * Develop best practice recommendations for Chapters to provide assistance in strengthening programming/operations, identify performance metrics with Chapter leadership, analyze results, and assist with strategies for assistance
* Initiate and coordinate collaborative efforts that will allow Chapters to provide support for each other, assisting Chapters in developing and implementing collaborative ventures and partnerships * Assist the Executive Director with strategies to support Chapters with financial and/or programmatic difficulty. When interventional strategies are identified, this role shall be the lead in coordinating the State Office response strategy, including necessary on-site Chapter leadership and coordinating the response assistance capacity of other Chapters. This senior level position will assure timely, objective, quantitative identification and resolution steps regarding Chapters that are financially troubled. The position requires experience and knowledge in the intellectual and developmental disability field and previous leadership in a NYSARC Chapter or equivalent leadership experience. Strong ability to communicate across all levels of the NYSARC organization and Chapters will be necessary, including collaboration with Chapter volunteer and professional leadership, direct line management staff, individuals served, board members and families. This position requires a strong commitment to performance improvement, achieving fiscal strength and programmatic excellence


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


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


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