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Webinar on Employment First

December 14, 2015

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Brought to you by APSE, NACDD, and AUCD

 Driving Forward: ADA & DD Act

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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and 52nd Anniversary of the Developmental Disabilities Act (DD Act).

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"Learn More" about the National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Side-by-Side Campaign:March 2016

 Click Here to learn more about the Side-by-Side Social Media Campaign and obtain information on how you and your organization can participate.  

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Photo: Teacher in classroomREGISTER NOW - WEBINAR  "Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: What It Means for Students with Disabilities"

Wednesday, January 13, 2016    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm EST

To register, click on this link. 

This webinar was developed to update the SCDD, and other DD Partners, and support collaboration among the state partners under the DD Act in working on implementation.


President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, P.L. 114-95) on December 10, 2015. This bill reauthorizes and amends the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (otherwise known as the No Child Left Behind Act). While AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD had advocated for a stronger federal role in the accountability system, the DD Act partners supported the compromise measure and believe the final bill is stronger than the outdated No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the current waivers that are in effect today in most states. Indeed, using data and new knowledge about how to most effectively teach students with disabilities, the newly reauthorized law goes farther than the original 2002 NCLB to provide assistance to these students with disabilities to successfully graduate and become college and/or career-ready.

This webinar, sponsored by AUCD, NDRN, and NACDD, will provide a summary of the major provisions of the new law that most directly impact students with disabilities, including those with the most significant disabilities. Presenters will also provide concrete action steps for State Councils on Developmental Disabilities, Protection and Advocacy agencies, and University Centers to become actively involved in ensuring the successful implementation of the law. Presenters include staff of the sponsoring organizations as well as congressional staff that took the lead in drafting and moving this bill to successful enactment.

Please Note:

  • There is NO cost for this webinar, but you must register
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar
  • For disability accommodations email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.

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Employment First Webinar Series 

Session #1 was held December 14. Watch Archived Webinar here.
  • History and context of the Employment First initiative 
  • How it fits into the goals of people with disabilities and their families
  • Allison Wohl, Executive Director, APSE (Moderator) 
  • David Mank, Director, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University 
  • Derek Nord, Associate Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota 
  • David Hoff, Program Director, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts-Boston
Dates for more webinars to be announced.  Future sessions will cover:
  • How Employment First is being implemented around the country
  • Legislation, regulations, and executive orders that are enabling Employment First policies
  • Addressing the challenges of successful Employment First implementation
  • Advocating for Employment First
  • How an Employment First initiative fits into the full spectrum of services and supports for people with disabilities 

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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of IDEA!

The White House event celebrated the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).   Watch the November 17, 2015 panel discussion from the White House here.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

Learn more about IDEA at http://idea.ed.gov/

Press Release...NACDD and DC DD Council send Letter to the Editor of The Washington Post about 11/5/15 article, A Shop Geared for Learning.”    

"...Just as important is being paid a fair wage.  This is required under the law in DC as an EmploymentFirst state.  Sadly, this is not the case in many states where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are legally paid a sub-minimum rather than living wage.

We hope telling Lavelle’s and Jessica’s story opens your readers eyes to the potential that exists within everyone to dream and grow as engaged members of society."

To Read More:    The Washington Post Article                         

Photo: Students meeting with member of CongressNEW: NACDD & CLOSE UP Washington DC Create Partnership to Inspire High School Students

Students with and without Developmental Disabilities to Learn about Disability Policy, and connect to NACDD Councils Back Home

Read partnership announcement click here

Graphic: Art of Impact coverNACDD Gives Self-Advocates New Tools with E-Publication & Web Site

NACDD recently released “The Art of Impact: A Handbook for Self-Determined Living”. Written by Dr. Scott Michael Robertson in conjunction with the Self-Advocate Leadership Circle of the NACDD, this publication is filled with resources, information and tips for successful advocacy. The accessible publication is available in multiple formats including PDF, e-reader and straight text and is available at http://startyourjourney.org/


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Calling Much-Needed Attention to Issues for Older Adults with I/DD

This joint webinar presented by United Healthcare & NACDD provided an overview of aging and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD), as well as health care considerations for aging and I/DD.  It featured a case study from Maine Developmental Disabilities Council Study of Aging and Developmental Disabilities, as well as Q&A. 


Presenters include Dr. Matthew Janicki of the University of Illinois-Chicago, who serves as co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices; Stephanie Gibbs, J.D., Director of Advocacy United Healthcare Community and State; and Donna Meltzer,CEO of NACDD.                                                                           

Learn More:  PDF of Powerpoint Slides


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