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November 17, 2014
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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California

Monday November 17, 2014

We'll be providing a 3 hour session at Bakersfield Arc for local providers covering the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) final rules for Home and Community Based Settings (HCBS), the California Transition for Compliance, the Reauthorization of the Workforce Innovations and Opportunities Act (WIOA), and the Rhode Island and Oregon settlement agreements and how these major issues impact our community.

 

We'll be participating in a conference call with the Los Angeles Provider's group to provide an update from the Lanterman Coalition on the statewide strategy for budget year 2015.

 

Tuesday November 18, 2014

We'll be meeting with a variety of provider groups in the Fresno area to provide an update from the Lanterman Coalition on the statewide strategy for budget year 2015. Watch for the campaign rollout on December 1, 2014. The Lanterman Coalition is a coalition of the 19 statewide organizations advocating for the preservation of the Lanterman Act for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families. The membership for 2015 consists of: The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration, Association of Regional Center Agencies, Autism Society of California, Cal-TASH, California Disability Services Association, California Respite Association, California Supported Living Network, Disability Rights California, California Easter Seals affiliates, Family Resource Center Network California, EducateAdvocate, Infant Development Association, People First California, ResCoalition, State Council on Developmental Services, Service Employees International Union, California Association of Health Facilities, The Alliance for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

 

The Direct Service Workforce (DSW) will be hosting a webinar, Evidence-Based Practices to Promote Self-Determination, from 9 am to 10am (PST). "This webinar will describe findings from several recent large-scale group randomized control trails documenting a causal relationship between interventions to promote self-determination and school and post-school outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It will also highlight ongoing trials in schools and community settings. In addition to presenting data on the research findings, practical examples of how instruction was delivered using the Self-Determined Learning Model of Instruction will be provided." Presenter Karrie A. Shogren, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Special Education with research focused on self-determination and systems of support for students with disabilities and she has a specific interest in the multiple, nested contextual factors that impact student outcomes.  

 

Wednesday November 19, 2014

We'll be participating in a session with Karen Flippo, Program Director Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts, "Employment First Transformation Institute: A Tale of Two Organizations" from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Alta California Regional Center * 2241 Harvard Street, Sacramento CA 95815 (deadline for RSVP has passed). "Self-determination, changing State and Federal guidelines and legislation, judicial rulings, and support from the business community are propelling movement from traditional settings and services to community integrated competitive employment and non-work options. The event is sponsored by the Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) and the California Employment Consortium for Youth with I/DD (CECY).

 

Thursday November 20, 2014

The Self-Determination program stakeholder group will be working all day on the final phase of the preliminary work to get a proposal ready for submitting to CMS for approval.

 

The Early Start Interagency Coordinating Committee (ICC), Executive Committee will be meeting from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon and will discuss the ICC By-Laws and Develop a Strategic Plan. Next the ICC Committee of the Whole will meet from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm to develop their strategic plan. The meeting will be held at the Department of Social Services (DSS) at 744 P Street (at the corner of 8th Street and P Street) Telephone 916-654-2133. Click here to connect to the ICC Web Conference (Setup Webinar) or dial in by phone only at Toll Free Number (in USA): 888-251-2909, when prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 507301.

 

Friday November 21, 2014

The CCLTSS will be meeting in Sacramento from 9 am to 10:30 am at the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). 

 

We'll be participating in the ICC 8:30 am to 1:30 pm in the general meeting to vote on the ICC meeting dates for 2015, By-Laws Changes, and continued work on the Strategic plan for the ICC. The meeting will be held at the Department of Social Services (DSS) at 744 P Street (at the corner of 8th Street and P Street) Telephone 916-654-2133. Click here to connect to the ICC Web Conference (Setup Webinar) or dial in by phone only at Toll Free Number (in USA): 888-251-2909, when prompted, enter the Meeting Access Code: 507301.


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THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION  
Public Policy Reports 
                     

The Arc and UCP in California (Greg deGiere, Public Policy Director)

 

There were a couple more stories this week on abuse in our California schools against students with disabilities one in Rocklin, California and another in Fresno (see the article from Associated Press). It occurred to me this might be a good time to remind us all of the message from California Department of Education on mandated reporting:

 

MANDATORY REPORTING OF CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT

As educators, our most important duty is the protection of the children in our care. Given recent events, I am writing with a reminder that California Penal Code includes requirements concerning the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. For your convenience, I have attached a copy of the California Penal Code section for your information. California Penal Code Section 11165.7(a) defines who qualifies as a "mandated reporter." California Penal Code Section 11165.7(d) states that "School districts that do not train their employees specified in subdivision (a) in the duties of mandated reporters under the child abuse reporting laws shall report to the State Department of Education the reasons why this training is not provided." For the convenience of school districts, I have also attached a form that can be used to provide this notification to the California Department of Education (CDE).

 

In addition to these requirements, I have asked CDE staff to complete a review of the kinds of training school districts may be providing pursuant to California Penal Code section 11165.7(c). For your convenience, an example of such a training module is on the California Department of Social Services Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training Web page at http://mandatedreporterca.com/training/educators.htm. I would appreciate your sharing information about the training you offer with Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, by e-mail at ccheslog@cde.ca.gov by February 28, 2013. I have also asked Mr. Cheslog to coordinate a review of state laws and regulations to see if any changes to statute are warranted. If you would like to share your thoughts about possible changes to existing statute or if you have any questions about this subject, you may contact him by e-mail at the above address or by phone at 916-319-0554. 

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

 

 

Rocklin schools hit with student abuse claims

The Sacramento Bee October 30, 2014

By Loretta Kalb

The claim filed Thursday by Jennifer and Patrick Hugunin said their son, who has multiple disabilities, was picked up by McDaniel in March. The teacher allegedly folded the boy's knees to his chest and "aggressively threw him out of the classroom" and locked him out. He banged on the door and screamed to be let back in. On another occasion, the claim said, McDaniel "pulled him down the stairs" and allowed him to fall down the stairwell. The other claim, filed by Nicole Hill and Keith Caldwell, said McDaniel on 10 to 15 occasions in September 2013 put their 10-year-old "nonverbal" son on the floor when he made noises and "lay on top of him" and yelled "shut up" and "be quiet" with her body weight on him.  When he was bouncing on a large exercise ball, the claim said, McDaniel reportedly kicked the ball out from under him and caused him to fall on his back and buttocks. When the boy stood up, he swung his arms at the teacher. She grabbed him, swept his legs out from under him and pinned him face down on the ground with her full body weight on top of him. In November, the claim said, McDaniel "dragged" the boy into a "sensory room," shut the door and antagonized him by yelling at him for about two hours while a teacher's aide held the door shut.

 

In another instance, the boy had wiggled part of his body through an opening in the back of a plastic chair and asked for help in extricating himself. McDaniel would not allow a teacher's aide to help, the claim said. Instead, she pulled him through the opening, causing physical injuries and bruising, the claim said. The parents, who are black, also said in the claim that witnesses have reported saying in front of their child that teaching him "is like training with a monkey." Caldwell was appointed by the school board to represent the interests of parents who have special-needs children. He was emotional and mortified when he explained Thursday that he did not know what was happening to his own son at the school. He said both he and Hill realized the boy was, for some unclear reason, acting out through aggression and bed-wetting. "The whole time I am meeting with the district on a monthly basis, no one said a word to me," Caldwell said. "I feel like I failed my son because my job was to protect him, and I didn't."

 

Mother's fury after finding that teachers had locked her disabled daughter, 7, in makeshift CAGE at elementary school

Daily Mail,, UK November 10, 2014

By Associated Press

The mother of a developmentally disabled girl has filed a legal claim against her daughter's former special education teacher for allegedly putting the child in a gated enclosure that the mother said amounted to a cage. Ledelldra Brooks told The Fresno Bee she found her 7-year-old daughter wearing a dirty diaper inside the pen made from a toddler gate and a crib gate attached to bookshelves when she showed up unannounced at the girl's first grade classroom at Viking Elementary School in Fresno in May. Brooks called the police, who dismantled the unit and referred the results of their investigation to the district attorney as a possible case of misdemeanor child abuse. 'I honestly want the public to know what's going on behind special education, what went on in my daughter's class,' she told The Bee.

 

Teacher's aides told police the girl was one of seven students in the class and that children were put in the gated enclosure when they were out of control or posed a risk to themselves or their classmates, according to records obtained by Brooks' lawyer and reviewed by the newspaper.... Joseph Bowling, executive director of the board that oversees the San Joaquin Valley on behalf of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, said he was extremely troubled to learn about Brooks' allegations. Isolating disabled children is never appropriate and there are more effective ways of soothing them, he said. This is not something I would put a child into and claim this is for their own protection. It's a cage, this is what you would put a wild animal in,' he said. 'I can't believe that somebody, an administrator walking in that room and seeing it, would allow that.'...

 

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THE ARC OF THE UNITED STATES UPDATES

 

Health Care - New Public Service Announcement on the Affordable Care Act and People With Disabilities

 

On November 14, the White House released a new public service announcement on the Affordable Care Act and people with disabilities.  It explains how individuals with disabilities can no longer be denied health coverage because of health history.  The public service announcement was released to coincide with open enrollment, which began on Saturday, November 15, and ends on February 15.  This time period will be a chance for individuals already enrolled in healthcare to re-enroll and for individuals not yet enrolled to sign up to begin receiving healthcare.  To view the new announcement click here.  For additional information on coverage, please visit www.healthcare.gov       

 

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Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
PROJECT STATUS REPORT

     

Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...

 

Dear President Barack Obama, when we met with and your leadership a couple years ago you told us you had our backs. Well please read and heed the call by Barbara Merrill, ANCOR, to you and your colleagues over in Congress it is a very important message for supporting the very people who support the seniors and people with disabilities throughout society. We need a thoughtful and intelligent approach for ensuring the community providers are able to remain in our communities and provide the quality workforce and services from Direct Support Professionals that are critically needed by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and so many others in this country...

 

Mr. President, Congress: People with disabilities need your help

By Barbara Merrill

November 10, 2014, 11:00 am

The historically underfunded system of services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and the direct support workforce that is the backbone of home and community services are rarely mentioned in current policy debates in Washington, D.C.  But recent changes in federal and state government policies to expand health insurance coverage and address income inequality are increasingly resulting in a Hobson's Choice between quality services for the people with disabilities or doing right by our workforce.  This can be and should be addressed by the president and Congress.

 

Direct support workers are the cornerstone of our nation's long-term care system, and the quality and stability of this workforce is of fundamental importance to the well-being of the millions with disabilities that rely on them for essential care, services and support. Unfortunately, insufficient Medicaid funding to providers across the country result in employee turnover rates currently ranging from 30 percent to 80 percent.  Furthermore, with demand for quality services only accelerating with an aging baby boomer population, meeting this need will be extremely difficult to achieve without a committed, stable and well-compensated direct support workforce-and elected officials who recognize this need. 

 

For nearly 15 years, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) under its National Advocacy Campaign has pushed to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by fighting to expand access to the resources needed to recruit, train and retain a highly qualified and sustainable workforce. We will not have a complete solution until Congress and the president acts.  Medicaid is essentially the sole source of funding for services for people with intellectual disabilities and the workforce that enables people to live and work in their communities. Commercial insurance is virtually unavailable and private payment is rare. Therefore Mr. President, Congress, we urge you to work with us to find solutions, and to take immediate action to revise federal Medicaid rules to ensure that payments to providers are sufficient to absorb the additional employer costs associated with the ACA, minimum wage increases, and other actions that increase compensation, benefits and training requirements for direct support workers.

By working together, your actions can lift up thousands of direct support workers across the country without diminishing or compromising essential community services for people with disabilities.

 

Merrill is vice president for Policy, and CEO-elect, of the American Network of Community Options and Resources, based in Alexandria, Virginia.

 

Thank you

Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing,

The Arc CA tim@thearcca.org (415) 850-8037


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Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
PREVENTION ACTIVITIES

 

A message from Fia Jampolsky, Michelle Stewart, Kathryn Kelly, Project Director FASD Legal Issues Resource Center, University of Washington, Fetal Alcohol and Drug Unit (FADU)...

 

FASD and the Law Day, 2015/Tuesday, March 3, 2015

 

(We) would like to invite you to join us for the 2nd FASD and the Law Day, to be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, the day before the opening  of the 6th International Conference on FASD Research: Results and Relevance 2015  Integrating Research, Policy and Promising Practice.  The FASD and the Law Day 2015 is, as in 2013, a day of conversation about the work we are all doing with an opportunity for all who would wish to do so, to speak.  There is no charge for the day, thanks to Conference Organizers Jan Lutke, Jo Nam and Kristina Heimstra who have arranged for the donation of a room and AV services at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, B.C.  We will advise everyone of the specific room, once that has been determined.  Be sure to bring your own coffee and snacks.  For those of you who would like to bring your lunch back to the Law Day room, you will have plenty of company.

 

As we say in the Conference brochure, "Recent events in legal arenas in the U.S., U.K. and Canada hold promise for new approaches to FASD in the legal system but also raise ethical questions.  At the local level there are collaborations between police, courts, probation and community groups to help facilitate better justice outcomes for those living with FASD.  At the national level, in 2010-2012, the Canadian and American Bar Associations passed resolutions on FASD.  In 2013 and 2014 both Canada and the U.S. government took up FASD through particular legislation and proposals to amend the Criminal Code.  In the past year, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority in the U.K. has begun to consider FASD through criminal cases.

 

As these moves are afoot, we are presented with a myriad of examples of FASD in the context of law-practices that are both promising but also deeply challenging.  This session will bring together those who are engaged in these practices and, also, those who are interested in learning more.  This session will facilitate a space for justice professionals and community workers to share ideas while also discussing a path forward on the difficult issues surrounding justice for those with FASD.

 

This session welcomes presentations from those who have been researching, practicing and are engaged in FASD and Justice efforts.  If you'd like to talk about the work you are doing on FASD and the law, please, email Kay at faslaw@uw.edu with a brief description of the topic on which you would like to give a 10 minute presentation and your name, job title, work address and telephone number.  And, if you'd like to attend without giving a talk, also email Kay at faslaw@uw.edu providing the same information."

 

We look forward to welcoming both those who attended in 2013 and those who are new to the gathering.


Teresa Anderson, MPH

The Arc California

Prevention Coordinator

teresa@thearcca.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

 

March 8-10, 2015

Save the Date: The 8th Annual Developmental Disabilities Public Policy Conference by The Arc and United Cerebral Palsy in California at the Holiday Inn - Sacramento Capitol Plaza, 300 J St, Sacramento, CA 95814 (NEW SITE), Phone:(916) 446-0100. Every year we host a public policy conference featuring legislators, lobbyist, advocates, policymakers, and other speakers who deal with issues impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Attendees include family members, self-advocates, direct support professionals, attorneys, and executive/ professional staff from community agencies and regional centers. Topics Covered: National Public Policy, State Budget Overview, Advocacy, Healthcare, New and Proposed Legislation, IHSS, Mental Health, LTSS and Olmstead Related Issues, Work, Education, Trusts, Conservatorship, Crime and Abuse of People with Disabilities, and more. Visit our webpage to see last years' program (all documents and PowerPoints are on this site) and eventually the 2015 conference: click here.

 

April 13-15, 2015

Save the Date: The 2015 Disability Policy Seminar will be at a new location, the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001. The annual Disability Policy Seminar brings together advocates for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with public policy experts and the staff of a variety of hosting organizations who serve people with I/DD to go in-depth on pressing policy issues and other topics of importance to the I/DD movement during two full-day sessions in Washington, D.C. The Seminar culminates with a third day spent on Capitol Hill where attendees have the opportunity to meet with their elected officials. Each year approximately 700 people take advantage of this chance to learn, discuss, network and advocate for change. Hosted by: The Arc, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP), Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD), and Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE). Disability Policy Seminar

 

June 1-4, 2015

The AAIDD Annual Meeting will be held in Louisville, KY, 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. Conference Hotel: The Galt House of Louisville.

 

October 3 - 5, 2015

The Arc's 2015 National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana


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RECENTLY RELEASED REPORTS, STUDIES, ETC.

 

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools

By The U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Education

After a brief overview, this document outlines the factors applicable to the IDEA analysis and the Title II effective communication analysis in a series of questions and answers and provides additional information I two appendices. Appendix A contains hypothetical case studies that consider whether a student who is receiving special education services under the IDEA also needs different or additional auxiliary aids and services in order to meet the effective communication requirements of Title II. Appendix B provides additional clarification of IDEA terminology and requirements addressing the communication needs of IDEA-eligible students with disabilities. Title II and Section 504 also apply to individuals with disabilities who are not students, such as family members and members of the public seeking information from, or access to, the services, programs, and activities of the public school. These individuals also have a right to effective communication. This document briefly addresses those obligations as well.

 

Trends in Employment Outcomes of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 2004-2012

Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

By:John Butterworth,Alberto Migliore, Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski & Agnieszka Zalewska

 

This report summarizes the employment and economic outcomes for young adults with intellectual disabilities between 2004 and 2012 in the nation's 50 states and the District of Columbia (DC). Data are reported separately for two age groups: 16 to 21 years old, and 22 to 30 years old. The first age group includes young adults who may still be eligible for school services (through age 21), whereas the second age group includes young adults who have left the education system. Data are drawn from three sources: the American Community Survey (ACS), the Rehabilitation Services Administration 911 (RSA-911), and the National Core Indicators (NCI). (California data is on pages 19 and 20).


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NEWS ARTICLES

 

Scotts Valley home for developmentally disabled youth to close

Lockewood House: Home for disabled youth to close because of budget cuts

Santa Cruz Sentinel November 12, 2014

By Samantha Clark

 

SCOTTS VALLEY >> Sixteen-year-old Cole Lawson was diagnosed with autism when he was 2. For the past year and a half, he has lived in the Lockewood House, a Scotts Valley group home for five children who are developmentally disabled.He shops for groceries, works out at the gym and attends the Bay School in Santa Cruz for young people with autism.  His life now is a far cry better than before, when he lived with his family who feared his outbursts of aggressive behavior. "His mood is generally happy," said Christine Kiebert-Boss, Cole's mom and a single working mother who splits her time between the East and West coast working as a freelance home product designer. "But he has broken windshields and gone after me. He's just a wildcard. It just colors your whole life. If he falls apart, everything falls apart."

 

Seventy percent of Californians with autism live with their families. But not living at home may be best, especially if they need around-the-clock care like Cole. "If you're an aging parent and your son or daughter is getting older, your ability to take care of them at the family home becomes more difficult," said Eileen Richey, director of the Association of Regional Center Agencies, which represents California's 21 nonprofit agencies funded by the state to provide housing, treatment and habilitation services to people with developmental disabilities. But with two weeks notice to families, Lockewood is closing Saturday after 20 years due to financial reasons. The provider managing the house, NorCal Vocational Inc., is shuttering all of its programs, which serve more than 150 people with developmental disabilities in the Bay Area. NorCal has not returned calls seeking comment.

 

"The rug has been pulled out from under us, and we're really scrambling," Kiebert-Boss said. "I'm in such a panic during the weekdays on the phone, trying and trying to figure it out.  "Her efforts and those of the state to find Cole a new home have been fruitless. Even if she finds a place by Saturday, the long process can take weeks, and Cole, like the other Lockewood residents, will move back with his family and a caregiver provided by the state. His mother often travels to New York City for work, which would leave Cole potentially alone with his 84-year-old grandmother, physically no match for the nearly 6-foot-tall teenager. "I'm scared to be alone with him. I really don't want him to be alone with my mom," Kiebert-Boss said. Cole cannot move back to chaotic New York City, where he grew up, and his mother does not want him to change schools. His father is out of the picture.  "He's got to stay here because he's doing so well," she said. "Cole doesn't speak and is cognitively at the level of a 3-year-old. He can't be placed anywhere."

 

Kiebert-Boss and other parents are rallying to keep the house open until all of Lockewood's five residents find new homes. But waiting lists at other facilities run long. Programs serving the developmentally disabled statewide are closing due to shrinking budgets amid exploding demand for lifelong care. Cole, who turns 17 next month, is part of the wave of children diagnosed with autism in the 1990s starting to move out of the school system into the adult system. The number of people with severe autism eligible for state services grew from 3,900 in 1982 to 72,000 in 2014.  At the same time, the $5.2 billion budget for state developmental services has been cut more than $1 billion since 2009. "We are facing ever-increasing numbers of disabled, very dependent adults who cannot take care of themselves," said Jill Esher, president of Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area. "Hardly any new group homes are opening. Many that are opening are in the constant threat of closure due to lack of funding."...

 

Twitter helps job seekers with developmental disabilities

San Francisco Gate November 8, 2014

By Kristen V. Brown

Job interviews are generally tough. But they're often even tougher for the young men and women seeking employment through the Arc, a nonprofit that helps adults with developmental disabilities find jobs. To help prepare them for such a challenge, on Friday Twitter paired up with the Arc to help coach 18 Arc clients on their interviewing skills.  The Arc has placed 246 adults with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders and Down syndrome, at more than 80 companies in San Francisco. Tech companies have become a growing client base, with Twitter, Salesforce, Zendesk and others hiring through the Arc. For Arc clients, the organization said, exposure to the employment process is key to helping them eventually land jobs. The mock interviews will help prepare job seekers for "real-world" interviews, giving them experience and confidence to help ace the process. "It's a win-win partnership," Arc spokeswoman Meredith Manning said.  It's "an opportunity to help clients develop professionally, while giving Twitter staff an insight into the potential and challenges of people with disabilities."

 

Self-Determination: A Game Changer for People with Developmental Disabilities

Jewish Journal November 9, 2014

by Michelle K. Wolf

For the first time in California, people with developmental disabilities and their families will soon have more control and flexibility over the services and supports they need under a new program called, "Self-Determination". A two-day conference last week in Culver City titled, "Respecting Choice, Creating Innovation and Fulfilling Dreams" was the first step in inviting that community to actively participate in the new law's implementation and in the words of Rio "Soulshocka" Wyles, a rapper and self-advocate with autism, to "think big y'all". This new Self-Determination legislation, signed into law in 2013 by Governor Jerry Brown creates a statewide Self-Determination Program that offers a voluntary alternative to the traditional way children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities who are Regional Center consumers have received services. It incorporates the key principles of the Self-Determination movement, which are freedom, self-authority, support, responsibility, and confirmation of the critical role of participants and their families making decisions about their own lives.

 

...Over 450 parents, professionals and people with developmental disabilities attended this groundbreaking conference, sponsored by the Autism Society of Los Angeles, Disability Rights California and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and coordinated by Judy Mark, a true force of nature and one of the key parent advocates who got this bill passed, and who also co-chaired with me the Special Needs Study Mission to Israel in 2012.

There was a very electric, positive buzz to the conference, as we all started to digest all the technicalities of the new law, but also some concerns that the budgets allocated to consumers aren't growing, and that expenses connected with the program, such as the fiscal managers, are paid out of each individual's budgeted amount. One mother said they haven't received services for years from their local Regional Center (there are 21 in California), even with two adult children, ages 48 and 50 with Fragile X syndrome, which is a is a genetic condition that causes significant intellectual disability, behavioral and learning challenges.  I co-facilitated two workshops on Quality of Life: Social and Recreational Opportunities, and was impressed by the depth of questions and ideas from young and older adults with developmental disabilities, along with their parents. For example, there was a mother of a 13-year-old who is struggling to find typical peers who want to be friends, and a handsome 25-year old with Down syndrome who is a regular cast member of "Glee" and wants to break into scriptwriting... 


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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Updated: November 17, 2014

 

DOC - Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration Accelerating Industry-Led Regional Partnerships for Talent Development Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269568

 

HUD - Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program Modification 2 http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269424

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration Rural Assistance Center for ORHP Cooperative Agreement Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269574

 

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32) Grant http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269553



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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 

 

Executive Director

The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD) is seeking an Executive Director (ED) with strong management skills to provide vision and leadership in advocacy, planning and systems change on behalf of people with developmental disabilities. The ED will lead NJCDD in its mission to ensure that people with developmental disabilities participate as full citizens in all aspects of self-directed lives in their neighborhoods and communities. The ED is the Chief Executive Officer of the Council. As such, this position is a highly advanced senior level managerial position overseeing the daily operations, public policy, planning, advocacy, and grant/contact activities. The ED is selected by the Council and works under the administrative direction of the full Council and its Executive Committee. This position is located in Trenton, NJ and requires moderate travel. This is a full-time, benefit-eligible position. Learn more about the NJCDD at https://www.njcdd.org.

 

Chief Executive Officer

MARC: Community Resources, a $6M not for profit agency headquartered in Middletown, CT, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of CEO. Since its establishment in 1955 MARC's mission has been to empower people with disabilities to realize their dreams. The CEO manages the service system and financial assets of the organization, supervises staff and works in conjunction with the Board of Directors to set policy and direction. The CEO is hired by and reports to the Board of Directors.

 

Deputy Director, Best Buddies Jobs - California

The deputy director, jobs is responsible for overseeing the statewide jobs program. They work with state leadership team to hire and manage the jobs staff and are responsible for oversight of the contractual agreements for the jobs program. They serve as the point of contact for all contractors, manage all timelines for reporting to contractors, and support the jobs staff as required. The deputy director is responsible for creating awareness of the jobs program statewide including leveraging current business relationships across regions as well as attending networking opportunities to establish new relationships.

 

Executive Director

APSE Executive Director APSE, the Association for People Supporting EmploymentFirst, is seeking a dynamic manager and leader to become its next Executive Director. APSE, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Rockville, MD, is a 3,000+ national and international membership organization whose mission is to advance employment and self-sufficiency for all people with disabilities through education and advocacy. APSE is a stable, 25 year old organization, highly visible within its field, that is well-positioned for future growth. APSE has a 6 person staff and is governed by a 24 member Board of Directors. APSE currently has an annual budget of approximately $1,000,000, generated primarily via membership dues and an annual national conference, along with additional revenue sources.

 

Wraparound Facilitator for Lynn Center

The Lynn Center's mental health services include a Wraparound approach to provide intensive support for families of young children with severe behavioral and/or emotional problems. Wraparound services are family focused, strength based and especially designed to help parents/caregivers develop individualized plans to solve their immediate problems through a Wraparound team composed of their own friends, family and professionals involved with their child. Lynn Center's Wraparound program is looking for a Wraparound Facilitator to guide team development and oversee the process and tasks of the team in order to develop a comprehensive plan. This position will work closely with program design and Wraparound staff to increase the involvement of parents and caregivers in planning, services design and evaluation while honoring the parent/family/caregiver perspective. Minimum Qualifications: A commitment to children-centered services and a high level of enthusiasm for Contra Costa ARC's mission with a strong interest in Wraparound services to families... To apply: Forward a RESUME and LETTER of INTEREST to Fax: 925-370-2048 or Email: wrapresumes@arcofcc.org Mention "Wrap Facilitator" in subject line.

 

Psychiatrist-Outpatient Services

Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS) Schreiber Center is currently seeking a part-time, 20 hours per week, with benefits, Psychiatrist. The Schreiber Center psychiatrist provides clinical assessments; prescribes and monitors psychotropic medications; and is expected to perform differential diagnostic evaluations to determine behavioral health eligibility for individuals with developmental disabilities twenty-one years and older.  It is a terrific opportunity to take part in an important and dynamic clinical team with opportunity for ongoing training and development of expertise in responding to the behavioral health needs of individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities and experience co-occurring mental health symptoms. This position is located in Hayward, California. Contact Peter Dating, Assistant to the BHCS Medical Director, (510) 567-8110, Submit Resume and Cover Letter: Alameda County HCSA Human Resources Department, Attention: Laura Sanders, 500 Davis Street, Suite 120 San Leandro, CA 94577 Fax (510) 639 - 1290. Bilinguals & Mental Health Consumers are Strongly Encouraged to Apply. EOE. Salary $166,940 - $202,696 annually based on full-time 1.0 FTE equivalent. For more information about our behavioral health care system, please visit: www.acbhcs.org.

 

Senior Program Analyst

The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) has an opening for a Senior Program Analyst. We are particularly interested in staff with regional center experience, so your knowledge of your colleagues' (and your own) talents, professional skills, and expertise will be an invaluable part of this process. ARCA strives to be a top-notch resource for its members - and their employees. When we fill this position, in part through your assistance, we will be able to further our work and broaden the resources available to you and your colleagues. The Senior Program Analyst will be expected to provide research and analysis of major policy issues related to developmental disabilities to ARCA, its Board of Directors, and the regional centers. This individual will also be required to represent ARCA in meetings with legislators and their staff, the Department of Developmental Services, and other organizations. Applicants will be required to have a minimum of 5 years recent experience working in a California regional center in a managerial or supervisory capacity as well as extensive knowledge of regional center operations and the provision of services to people with developmental disabilities. They must also possess a solid understanding of and experience working within the developmental services system. This position may be full time or half-time or greater. Interested candidates are encouraged to send their resume and salary history to Sally Williams at swilliams@arcanet.org.


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