Disabled and Proud Conference 2014 | Syracuse University

Dare to Dream, Syracuse University Campus

October 18-19, 2014

A FREE conference for current and future students with disabilities and their families – the next generation of leaders on campus and beyond!

Disabled and Proud will provide opportunities for students to connect, educate, and motivate each other to pursue their academic and social goals with intention and direction. Attendees will be encouraged to build more inclusive environments in their schools and on their campuses

Learn more about this event via Disabled and Proud Conference 2014 | The Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University.


Families and College and Career Readiness: What Schools Can Do to Engage Families in the Individualized Learning Plan Process | NCWD/Youth

From NCWD-Youth: “Families play an important role in helping their youth become college and career ready. Based on a number of research studies, literature reviews, and program evaluations, one can conclude that active family engagement supports the positive academic, career and life outcomes for youth with and without disabilities. Families’ aspirations and expectations have been shown to directly affect students’ aspirations and expectations of themselves and their actual achievements. High parental expectations for student success and achievement have been found to be the most significant influence on high school seniors’ achievement, including completion of high school credits needed for graduation. Included among the positive outcomes linked to family involvement are improved achievement test results, decreased risk of dropping out, improved attendance, improved student behavior, higher grades, higher grade point average, greater commitment to schoolwork, and improved attitude toward school. Further, studies have shown that family involvement is linked to higher rates of college enrollment.

Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) are a relatively new strategy being used by schools in a number of states to enable students to document their course taking and post-secondary plans and ensure these plans are aligned to their career goals. ILPs are also used to document the college and career readiness skills that the student has developed, and are more generally understood as a career development strategy that enables youth to develop self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management skills. As a result of engaging in these processes, ILPs are believed to result in youth understanding the relevance of how their school and out-of-school learning opportunities prepare them to pursue post-secondary degree training and degree programs as well as enter desired careers and occupations. Family engagement is a critical part to the success of ILPs.

This brief discusses families’ perceptions of whether and how they were engaged in schools’ implementation of ILPs, and describes suggestions from families of youth with and without disabilities about actions schools can take to improve family engagement in the ILP process. The information was derived from a web-based review of relevant literature as well as focus groups and surveys involving 1,400 parents of youth with and without disabilities and 526 school personnel in ten schools across four states as part of a larger five year study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The overall purpose of this larger study was to examine whether ILPs were a promising college and career readiness practice for all youth and whether and how youth with disabilities are participating in these efforts.”

Learn more via Families and College and Career Readiness: What Schools Can Do to Engage Families in the Individualized Learning Plan ILP Process | NCWD/Youth.


2014 Autism Institute — Transition to Employment on October 2nd

Presented by The Kelberman Center and The University of Rochester Medical Center’s Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities: “Join us at the 2014 Autism Institute, where attendees will leave with a expanded knowledge of national best practices related to transition to adulthood and employment. National experts will present on their highly successfully employment programs and higher education models. This is a rare opportunity to hear from multiple national experts from: Virginia Commonwealth University, Syracuse University, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and leadership from New York’s Offi ce of Person’s with Developmental Disabilities. Each presenter will showcase highly successful employment and higher education models for persons with developmental disabilities including autism. This conference is for parents, family members, individuals with autism, teachers, job coaches and other professionals.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 8:00am – 4:00pm Vernon Downs Conference Center, 4229 Stuhlman Road, Vernon, NY

Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, attendance is limited; please visit to register.

See the flier: Autism Institute


Understanding the New Vision for Career Development: The Role of Family | NCWD/Youth

From NCWD-Youth: “The world of work has changed. A high school diploma alone no longer guarantees a decent living wage. A typical career path today does not necessarily follow the traditional course of high school, college, and long-term employment. Rather, according to the most recent available data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average worker today stays at each of his or her jobs for 4.4 years, with the workforce’s youngest employees staying less than 3 years. That means that they will have 15 to 20 jobs over their working lives. One reality of today’s workforce, however, that has remained the same is that youth need to develop skills to be employed. To be able to acquire these skills and effectively change jobs, and plan and manage multiple careers over one’s life time, career development skills are important. The process by which youth get to know their strengths and interests, learn how different jobs connect with those interests, and build these career planning and management skills is called career development.”

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Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH): A Four-Part Webinar Series

From The Advocacy Center: Parents as Transition Helpers (PATH) is a four part series which will provide information to help students with disabilities and their families plan and prepare for life after high school. Topics to be covered include:

Session 1 ~ May 6 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Developing a Vision
~ Getting and Keeping the First Job

Session 2 – May 13 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Pathways to Graduation – Understanding Diploma and Credential Options

Session 3 – May 20 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Transition on the IEP

Session 4 – May 27 ~ 12:00-1:00pm
~ Overview of Services and Eligibility for the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)
~ Overview of 17 A Guardianship for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

This series is being presented online only.

Use this link to register for the entire series:

Presented by: The Advocacy Center and LDA Life and Learning Services, in collaboration with Future Care Planning Services, and Midwest Regional Special Education Technical Assistance Support Center (RSE-TASC).