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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.
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.
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 Gabriel, San Joaquin Valley, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Santa 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: PlanningSurvey@dor.ca.gov. 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
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 Innovate@chhs.ca.gov andLGHC@cdph.ca.gov
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
An inspiring opening by Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Special Olympics and world-renowned activist
to connect and get inspired by top professionals in the disability
community, as well as The Arc's national network of nearly 700 chapters
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 http://convention.thearc.org 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.
Public Policy Director "On recess until the legislature returns in January"
THE ARC UNITED CEREBRAL PALSY CALIFORNIA COLLABORATION: Public Policy Reports
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
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
Public Policy Director
The Arc & United Cerebral Palsy California Collaboration
1225 Eighth Street, Suite 350, Sacramento, CA 95814 (916)
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.
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:
ensure that states require intervention in schools where any student subgroup is not meeting state-determined goals;
set a reasonable timeline of 3 years to take steps to help districts if interventions are not effective; and
ensure the participation of 95% of all enrolled students in the state accountability system.
Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing
PROJECT STATUS REPORT
Project Updates by Tim Hornbecker...
March, Rally and Follow Up!
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
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 email@example.com to see if you are eligible for a discount!http://www.therapservices.net/conferences/regional-conference-in-anaheim-california/
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, (916) 567-1974, Click here for more information, www.supportedlife.org.
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
Authors: Judith A. Cook, Jane K. Burke-Miller, and Dennis D. Grey (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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.
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
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.
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.
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."
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.
-- 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.
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 Grants.gov Find Opportunities service:
- 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
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
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.
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
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 www.thearcbaltimore.org and click on the 'Join Our Staff' tab.
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
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