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Tony Anderson, Executive Director, The Arc California
Monday October 24, 2016 - Travel Day
Today is the last day to register to vote in the November 8, 2016 general election. If you already registered great but you're not done. You still have to do a couple more things. If you know of anyone who hasn't registered yet you can help them register by going online at: They have until 11:59 pm tonight. The last thing of course is to actually Vote.
Before Midnight Tonight!

Tuesday October 25, 2016
The Association of Regional Center Agencies (ARCA) Forensic Task Force will be meeting in Sacramento today at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, from 10 am - 2 pm. The task for will review their grant proposals, the Statewide Forensic Forum 2017, Incompetent to Stand Trial issues, Resources to be developed or are developed, Accessing generic resources.
We'll be attending the Board of Directors meeting for Inclusion International at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL in the Kahili/Lily - 2nd Floor from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Wednesday October 26, 2016
The Special Education Commission chaired by Gina Plate will be meeting on Wednesday October 26 and Thursday October 27, 2016 at California Department of Education, 1430 N Street, Room 1101, Sacramento, California. The commission also includes Kristin Wright, Director, Special Education Division, California Department of Education and Senator Carol Liu and Assemblymember Tony Thurmond. For more information on the details of this meeting: Wednesday October 26, 2016 or Thursday October 27, 2016.
The Department of Developmental Services Self Determination Workgroup will be meeting by teleconference from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. To learn more about Self-Determination, click here.
We'll be participating in the steering committee for the National Conference of Executives of The Arc which will be meeting from 9 am to 12 noon prior to the national convention. This will be President Tim Hornbecker's last meeting as president (in-person). Congratulations to Tim and thank you for your tremendous service and leadership for professionals serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
We'll be participating in Board of Directors meeting for The Arc of the United States, chaired by President Ron Brown from Texas. This will be President Ron Brown's last convention as president and The Arc California thanks Mr. Brown for his tremendous leadership in our national association.
Thursday October 27, 2016
We'll be participating in a panel presentation at the national convention in an Aging and Family Caregiver Workshop from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm. In Orlando Fl.
The USC University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities (UCED) will be hosting a webinar, Navigating the Criminal Justice System For People with Intellectual/ Developmental Disabilities featuring Peggie Webb, MA, Manager, Forensic & Behavioral Health Services at San Diego Regional Center from 10:00-11:00 a.m. "This FREE webinar is designed for family members, people with developmental disabilities, and advocates. It will include a presentation and Q & A session. Professionals are welcome to attend; however, questions from people with disabilities and family members will be given priority.  Please register by October 26, 2016 at:  Any questions? Contact Michelle Rojas-Soto at or (323) 361-461. Note: You will need a computer with internet access to view the presentation. You may listen using a phone or your computer speakers.
Friday October 28, 2016
We'll be participating in the State Executive Directors Networking Breakfast at Convention Azalea & Begonia - 2nd Floor at 8 am. State executive director use this time to connect with one another on the policy issues they are working on as advocates and lobbyists across the country for people with IDD.
Saturday October 29, 2016
We'll be participating in a panel discussion and workshop "Assisted Dying Laws: Can They Be Stopped? Can Safeguards Be Effective?" As many countries are dealing with the issue of doctor assisted death we will be joining an international panel including expert advocates from Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, etc.
Sunday October 30, 2016
Travel Day to return from national convention.


Virtual Candidates' Forum
Monday October 31, 2016 through Friday November 4, 2016
We are building up to organizing a statewide candidates' forum using social media online starting Monday October 31, 2016 and ending Friday Night November 4, 2016. Here's how it works: Every day during that week advocates will tweet, Facebook post, and email, or call candidates and ask candidates questions relevant to our community and how they intend to keep the promise of The Lanterman Act. We will all share this information by Retweeting, Sharing, and along their responses to inform our community of how these candidates plan to support our community.
Use this list below to ask the candidates in your district how they feel about issues important to our community. Issues like support for caregivers, jobs for people with disabilities, quality schools and special education, affordable and accessible housing, restoring SSI/SSA, improving quality and capacity in developmental services, etc. Then share and retweet their answers for our community to see and learn and make informed voting decisions in our best interest
(Includes Websites, Facebook, and Twitter Addresses)

If you're looking for a list of all candidates including all your local government races, the best thing to do is google search the words "Final Qualified Candidate List" and add your county name in the search.   
"Final Qualified Candidate List (your county name)"
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The Arc Launches Voter Support Service for People with Disabilities to Report Voting Problems
Washington, DC - In advance of this crucial election, The Arc has launched a new Voter Support Service to help people with disabilities report any barriers they experience when voting, and get help to resolve their issue to ensure their vote is counted.
"People with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be a force in our election process. But we know that in 2012, one in five voters with disabilities experienced a barrier at the polls. This is unacceptable, and to help resolve this problem, we have created a tool at your fingertips to get help with casting your ballot. This site needs to be saved to your phone so that when you go to exercise your right to vote, you can get the help you may need to make your vote count," said Peter Berns, CEO of The Arc.
The impact of the disability vote could be staggering - according to a report put out by Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations, titled "Projecting the Number of Eligible Voters with Disabilities in the November 2016 Elections", in this election cycle there will be 62.7 million eligible voters who either have a disability or have a household member with a disability, more than one-fourth of the total electorate. A projected 35.4 million people with disabilities will be eligible to vote this year, representing close to one-sixth of the total electorate. And the number of eligible voters with disabilities has increased 10.8% since 2008, compared to an increase of 8.5% among eligible voters without disabilities.
The Arc is dedicated to helping resolve voting access problems in real-time, and has partnered with Election Protection's national network of support. Election Protection is a nonpartisan service formed by a coalition of more than 100 local, state and national partner organizations that have a national response infrastructure to handle intake of complaints and problems with access to voting.
The Voter Support Service is a simple, mobile-friendly site for people with disabilities to ensure that their vote counts, and they are included in the democratic process. The Voter Support Service allows a voter on Election Day waiting to cast their ballot a way to ask for help or report a problem at a polling place; find a polling place; join The Arc's national Disability Advocacy Network; and more.
"We at The Arc are dedicated to an inclusive society for people with disabilities that encompass all aspects of life, including the right to civic engagement. Voting is a fundamental form of expression that helps shape the future of our country. It's incredibly important that people with disabilities vote. In the words of a disability rights legend Justin Dart, Jr., 'vote as if your life depended on it, because it does'," said Berns.  You can save the site to the home screen of your iPhone or Android by following these instructions.
The Arc advocates for and serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), including Down syndrome, autism, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, cerebral palsy and other diagnoses. The Arc has a network of more than 650 chapters across the country promoting and protecting the human rights of people with I/DD and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes and without regard to diagnosis.
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Tim Hornbecker, Director of Advocacy and Community Organizing

Self-Advocacy Matters!
Two self-advocates from the East Bay believe their voice matters so much that they are attending the Gamaliel of California Leadership Training. Victor and Shira have both spoken to their elected officials in Sacramento and locally. Shira spoke at an Issues Assembly of Genesis where over 100 attendees voted that 'Justice for People with Disabilities' would be one of the top priorities of these human rights organizations. Victor was a key spokesperson for passage of Ballot Measure BB, providing better public transportation for youth, seniors and people with disabilities.
In order to increase their advocacy skills, they will be attending the 3 Day Community Leadership Training in Santa Rosa, November 17-19, sponsored by Gamaliel of California. The classes taught by Gamaliel have become not only more inclusive and accessible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, but have focused on their civil rights along with helping them tell their stories. Gamaliel is a diverse, multi-issue organization that believes that participation of their members is essential for the survival of democracy. For more information and registration contact: Susan Shaw, (707) 481-2970.
Are Advocates Informed? Will They Vote?
The Arc of the United States emphasizes the importance of this next election. The future of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income programs are in jeopardy. The Arc offers talking points for people with I/DD, family members and advocates to understand some of the issues that that they have addressed in Congress for years. Go to and download The Arc's Social Security and SSI Factsheet to see an overview of these vital programs.
Election Day (Nov. 8, Tues.) is just 16 days away, so also check the Know Your Right to Vote campaign on The Arc's website.
Your Voice and Vote Matter!
Tim Hornbecker, Director
Advocacy and Community Organizing

Teresa Anderson, Prevention Coordinator
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 23 - 29, 2016, in observance of Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the CDPH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch (CLPPB) will issue program-specific messages via social media. The preventive health message being delivered in California is, "Is your child at risk for lead poisoning? Check for lead in and around your home." CLPPB will disseminate a media kit to local lead prevention programs, which provides a variety of tools, including sample public service announcements and news releases, which can help raise awareness about childhood lead poisoning and the importance of prevention. For more information, visit the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Branch website.
Teresa Anderson, MPH
The Arc California
Prevention Coordinator

October 27-29, 2016
2016 National Convention & International Forum "Shaping the Future" will be in Orlando, FL this year and will be a joint disability event with The Arc of the United States and Inclusion International. "Join the global conversation as people from all over the world share best practices, struggles, successes, and hopes for the future. Our collective work is toward a common goal-to protect and promote the human and civil rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. Attendees can expect to make enduring personal and professional connections while learning how to shape the future for the better.
November 1st and 2nd 2016
APSE's 2nd Annual Regional Institute: From Workshops to Workplaces in Sacramento, CA.  "APSE offers a variety of programs and events throughout the year. One of our newest, and most popular is the Regional Institute: a two-day intensive technical assistance opportunity for disability services providers who are transitioning, or are starting to transition their services, to and individualized, integrated competitive employment model.  The 2016 Regional Institute will be held on the West Coast, in Sacramento CA on November 1st and 2nd, with an opening evening reception on the 31st of October. Keynote Announced:  Aaron Carruthers is the Executive Director of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities. He has also been the Chief Deputy Director of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, California Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission, and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Division of Correctional Health Care Services... Michael Morris is the Executive Director of National Disability Institute (NDI). He has over 30 years of experience in and outside of government pioneering new strategies to improve the lives of people with disabilities.
December 3, 2016
Registration Now Open for Our Annual Conference, "Into the Future: An Adult Autism/DD Planning Workshop" Saturday, December 3, 8am-5pm at Stanford University, LKS Center, tickets are $50, includes coffee and lunch. Registration: Here Event details: MONEY MATTERS: Maximizing public benefits, optimizing private resources, with Stephen Dale, attorney, and Jon Elfin, financial planner. IPP INTENSIVE: How to get the most out of the regional center IPP process, with Jim Huyck, former Alta Regional Center director and Louise Katz, attorney; or TRANSITION PLANNING, for non regional center clients: Jan Johnston Tyler, EvoLibri featuring lunch keynote CUONG DO, technological innovator, IDENTIFOR. Afternoon mainstage sessions:
  • AFTER YOU'RE GONE: Who Cares for Your Adult Child After You Die or Become Incapacitated? With Lorna Drope, attorney, Stephen Dale, attorney, Jim Huyck, former Alta Regional Center director, Nina Herndon, case manager, and Jeff Darling, SARC
  • INNOVATING NEW SUPPORTED LIVING SOLUTIONS PANEL:       With Alex Krem and Peter Jezek, Living Unlimited, Larry Grotte, Rident Park, Jerry Horton, Down Home Ranch, Mark Jackson, Sweetwater Spectrum, and Desiree Kameka, Madison House Autism Foundation
  • ACCESSING HEALTH CARE FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM PANEL: Lawrence Fung, MD, PhD, and Linda Lotspeich, MD, moderators. Panelists: Lisa Croen, PhD, Kaiser, on the experience of providers in caring for adults with autism; Clarissa Kripke, MD on the AASPIRE toolkit; and Karen Fessel on the Autism Insurance Project.
This conference is sponsored by Autism Society San Francisco Bay Area, in partnership with the Stanford Autism Center Parent Advisory Board.

Publisher: Education Next (published online ahead of print)
Mathematica Policy Research Oct 05, 2016
BY Matthew P. Steinberg and Johanna Lacoe
Key Findings:
In general, we find that the evidence for critiques of exclusionary discipline and in support of alternative strategies is relatively thin. In part, this is because many discipline reforms at the state and local levels have only been implemented in the last few years. While disparities in school discipline by race and disability status have been well documented, the evidence is inconclusive as to whether or not these disparate practices involve racial bias and discrimination. Further, the evidence on alternative strategies is mainly correlational, suggesting that more research is necessary to uncover how alternative approaches to suspensions affect school safety and student outcomes.
In recent years, many policymakers and educators have called for the adoption of alternatives to exclusionary discipline that allow students to stay in school and not miss valuable learning time. Currently, discipline reform efforts are underway at the federal, state and school-district levels. In this article, we summarize the critiques of exclusionary discipline and examine the research base on which discipline policy reform rests. We also describe the alternative approaches that are gaining traction in America's schools and present the evidence on their efficacy. Throughout, we consider what we know (and don't yet know) about the effect of reducing suspensions on a variety of important outcomes, such as school safety, school climate, and student achievement.
Associated Press Oct. 18, 2016
By Stephen Ohlemacher
WASHINGTON (AP) - Millions of Social Security recipients and federal retirees will get a 0.3 percent increase in monthly benefits next year, the fifth year in a row that older Americans will have to settle for historically low raises. The adjustment adds up to a monthly increase of less than $4 a month for an average recipient. The cost-of-living adjustment, announced by the government Tuesday, will affect more than 70 million people - about 1 in 5 Americans. For recipients, the average monthly Social Security payment now is $1,238. Unfortunately for some seniors, even the small increase will probably be wiped out by an expected increase in Medicare Part B premiums, which are usually deducted from Social Security payments. By law, rising premiums for most Medicare recipients cannot exceed their Social Security cost-of-living increase. That's known as the "hold harmless" provision. However, new enrollees and high-income retirees are not covered by that provision, so they could face higher Medicare premiums, which will be announced later this year. There was no Social Security benefit increase this year, and next year's will be small because inflation is low, driven in part by cheaper fuel prices. The low inflation rate should help keep some older folks' bills from rising very rapidly.
Don't tell that to Millicent Graves, a retired veterinary technician, who says Medicare and supplemental insurance premiums eat up nearly a third of her $929 monthly Social Security payment. The 72-year-old from Williamsburg, Virginia, says her insurance premiums went up by $46.50 this year, and her cable TV, internet and phone bill went up, too. "I just lose and lose and lose and lose," Graves said. More than 60 million retirees, disabled workers, spouses and children get Social Security benefits. The COLA also affects benefits for about 4 million disabled veterans, 2.5 million federal retirees and their survivors, and more than 8 million people who get Supplemental Security Income, the disability program for the poor. Many people who get SSI also receive Social Security.
Since 2008, the COLA has been above 2 percent only once, in 2011. It's been zero three times. "This loss of anticipated retirement income compounds every year, causing people to spend through retirement savings far more quickly than planned," said Mary Johnson of the Senior Citizens League. "Over the course of a 25- or 30-year retirement, it reduces anticipated Social Security income by tens of thousands of dollars." The cost-of-living adjustment is based on a broad measure of prices generated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It measures price changes for food, housing, clothing, transportation, energy, medical care, recreation and education. If prices go up, benefits go up. If prices drop or stay flat, benefits stay the same. Gasoline prices have fallen by more than 6 percent over the past year, according to the September inflation report, while the cost of medical care has gone up by more than 5 percent.
For seniors who don't drive much, they don't get the full benefit of low gas prices, said Max Gulker, a senior research fellow at the American Institute for Economic Research. Many seniors spend more of their income on health care. Graves said she appreciates lower gas prices, but the higher medical costs are a problem. "I just have to rely more each month on cashing in investments," Graves said. "I'm lucky I can do that."
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has embraced the idea of expanded benefits for certain low-income retirees. She says the nation would pay for it by raising taxes on "the highest-income Americans." Breaking with other Republicans, GOP nominee Donald Trump has pledged not to cut benefits. However, he has offered few specifics on how he would address Social Security's long-term financial problems. Social Security is financed by a 12.4 percent tax on the first $118,500 of a person's annual wages, with the worker paying half and the employer paying the other half. The amount of wages subject to the payroll tax will go up to $127,200 next year, the Social Security Administration said. About 173 million workers will pay Social Security taxes next year - about 12 million of them will face higher taxes because of the higher cap, the agency said.
Kansas Health Institute October 13, 2016
By Alex Smith, Heartland Health Monitor
Need disability help in Kansas? Thousands wait an average of seven years. At his apartment in Olathe, 42-year-old Nick Fugate catches up on washing dishes and remembers the 22 years he spent doing that at a local hotel, trying to stay on top of a never-ending stream of plates, glasses and silverware. Nick recalled minor annoyances like the long days, the hot kitchen and his fingers pruning in the water. It could be tedious, but he said he didn't really mind. "Just as long as I got the job done, it was fine," Nick said. The job wasn't glamorous, but Nick's father Ron Fugate said it was the key to the self-reliance he wanted for his son since Nick was born with an intellectual disability. "From our perspective, having a job, being independent, participating in the community, paying taxes, being a good citizen - that's a dream parents have for their children in general," Ron said.
But all of that changed last year when Nick lost his job and did something he'd never done before: He enrolled in Medicaid. That landed him in a state of limbo, along with thousands of other Kansans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Savings up in smoke
Not far from Nick's home, 30-year-old David Lee Hunter and a handful of men at Lakemary Center in Olathe take apart computers and other electronics for recycling. Hunter thinks of each piece that passes across his workbench as a unique puzzle. "I like to improvise, and I like to ask my co-workers for assistance," Hunter said. Elsewhere in the building, other individuals with disabilities shred medical documents or get job coaching. Lakemary also offers services like transportation or help buying groceries. A few decades ago, many of Lakemary's clients might have received Medicaid care as residents of an institution. But in the early 1980s, states began shifting their strategies to allow people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live at home.
Advocates said this was not only much cheaper - about a third of the cost of institutional care - but it provided a vast improvement in the clients' quality of life.
In many states, however, the first step toward getting these services is signing on to a long waiting list. That's what happened when Nick applied for Medicaid. In the months since, he's had to pay around $1,000 a month out of pocket for Lakemary's services. It's quickly burning through his life savings. Like many Kansans in similar situations, the Fugates have been speaking out about the waiting list and other Medicaid problems at public forums like one in May in Kansas City, Kan.
Waiting for improvement
In a basement meeting room of the Jack Reardon Convention Center, hundreds of people with disabilities, their families and caseworkers railed against KanCare. Some even heckled the moderator. The state has been gathering feedback because it needs federal government permission to continue running KanCare, Kansas' privatized Medicaid program. In 2013 Republican Gov. Sam Brownback put Medicaid under the management of three private insurance companies, promising managed care would improve services, cut waste and save enough money to end the lists for the kind of services Nick Fugate needs. But families of Kansans with developmental disability didn't trust the companies to provide the complicated help their loved ones needed. They managed to get the federal government to delay the switchover, but in February 2014 federal officials gave their approval and the KanCare experiment began for them. More than two years later, many families say they've seen few signs of improvement, particularly in the waiting list. Not only is there still a waiting list, it has grown by a few hundred to about 3,500 people. Except in emergency situations, the average wait is seven years.
Complicated cases
An end to the list remains in view, according to Brandt Haehn, commissioner for home and community-based services in the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. "I think everybody in the system is doing the best job they can do to provide the people services," Haehn said. In August, the department announced it had eliminated a different waiting list: the one for physical disability services. Although that claim has been challenged by advocates, state officials said it shows KanCare can get results. Haehn, however, acknowledges that developmental disability cases are more expensive and complicated, and it will take time to come up with the state's share of the total cost of $2.6 billion - about $1.5 billion - needed to eliminate the waiting list through 2025. "Nothing would make me happier than to write a check and give all these people services, but that's just not reality," Haehn said. "So I have to deal with what reality is and try to use the money that I have to effect positive change in the most amount of people."
Still waiting
Ron Fugate thinks KanCare had its chance. "We're not treading water; we're drowning," Fugate said. "And it's not getting any better. We've got to start taking some serious action on this and get it addressed. We've kicked the can down the road too long." The Department of Justice is investigating the waiting lists, although it declined to comment for this story. The state's ability to act may be limited. Brownback's tax cuts, which were supposed to boost the economy, have blown a huge hole in the state's budget, leaving little money to apply to something like a Medicaid waiting list.
Meanwhile, Nick Fugate is still waiting.
His parents are in their 70s, and they say they're now watching their carefully laid plans for their son's future slip away. "After 22 years, it looked like he was going to be able to complete a career, and it didn't happen that way. And so all of this comes at a time in our lives where we're in the waning seasons of our life, and we did not anticipate this kind of a challenge at this point."


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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.
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The Assistant Director of Human Services position is focused on planning, organizing, and overseeing department-wide operations and services; ensuring operational compliance with state and federal laws and regulations; seeking grant and other funding opportunities by promoting departmental and county initiatives; and representing the Director in the community including managing outreach campaigns to inform the public of available services, attending community meetings, and actively recruiting community members for advisory committees.
The Executive Director, as the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for the management and operation of all programs and services provided by Contra Costa ARC, for implementing all policy decisions of the governing Board, and for employing and supervising a staff whose dedication and high morale creates a healthy working environment and produces quality of service more than adequate to achieve Board objectives. S/he oversees the administrative and fiduciary functions of the agency. S/he represents the agency to the community, and builds strong relationships with key stakeholders, agency staff, and the Board. S/he partners with the Board in fundraising to support Contra Costa ARC programs. . .
The Human Services Department Director sets policy and leads staff effectively by being a dynamic, service oriented leader. The position reports directly to the County Administrative Officer and is responsible for the resource development and administration of all programs, services and staff of the Human Services Department (HSD). The HSD Director manages a budget of approximately $91 million dollars and oversees a staff of 550 serving the community through one of four divisions: Adult and Long Term Care Services Division; Employment and Benefit Services Division; Family and Children's Services Division and Administrative Services Division. The Department provides safety net services to meet the basic needs of individuals and families, ensures the protection of children, the elderly and dependent adults, and also provides job search assistance and job training opportunities to help job seekers become self-sufficient. The Department is founded on the values of excellent service, compassion, integrity, partnerships and effective practice. The Human Services Department is dedicated to making a difference!
Executive Director, First 5 Commission San Diego County
The Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) of the County of San Diego is seeking online applications and resumes from highly qualified individuals to lead and direct the activities of First 5 San Diego as their Executive Director. First 5 San Diego promotes the health and well-being of young children during their most critical years of development, from the prenatal stage through five years of age. Our goal is to help ensure that every child in San Diego County enters school ready to succeed. Salary: $150,000 - 159,000
The position of Program Director (Continuing Educator II) is charged with internal and external leadership as well as overall management responsibility of program, operations and personnel for the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice. The Program Directors is an academic leader within the Center for Human Services and serves as the principal investigator for all work conducted by the Resource Center-providing important administrative review and oversight for this work. The position has the support of seven direct reports (including a team supervisor, a project manager and five subject matter experts) and a total of 14 team members. Calling on expertise in a broad array of issues confronting human services professionals and public agency officials, the position develops partnerships with a variety of clients to conduct professional needs assessments; create educational programs and training; conduct applied research; and provide other professional and organizational development services. The position is also responsible for developing and fostering strong and positive working relationships with partners and clients, including state and county social services program leaders, professional associations, instructors and campus faculty. Salary $59,028-104,148. Placement within salary range commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) is recruiting for one Legislative Analyst in the Government Finance and Administration policy area. The Legislative Analyst is responsible for tracking and analyzing legislative and budget proposals; drafting language for proposed bill amendments; preparing research documents; preparing agendas for and participating as a resource in CSAC policy committee meetings; and, writing letters, reports and articles concerning proposed legislation and the state budget.
The State Director, The Arc Wisconsin will build and lead a growing, vibrant and effective movement of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), their parents, siblings and family members, and the professionals and organizations that serve them, to promote and protect the civil rights of people with I/DD and to actively support their inclusion and participation in their communities throughout their lifetimes. The State Director will build a new State Office of The Arc Wisconsin that will advance the vision, goals and strategies set forth in Strategic Framework for the Future of The Arc, 2010-2019. The State Office is charged to influence public policy developments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government which affect people with I/DD, promote public awareness about their needs, issues and concerns, and encourage, assist and support local chapters of The Arc.

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