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The National Transition Dialogue Continues….

The “Join the Conversation for Change” online national dialogue is a two-week discussion hosted by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and Social Security Administration, May 13-27, 2013. Participants are sharing their input on federal legislative and regulatory barriers and opportunities to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. This input is important to the Departments, which encourage participation in the discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.


American Youth Policy Forum

From the American Youth Policy Forum: “Preparing for college and careers requires far more than rigorous academic content. College and career exploration and planning activities can play a beneficial role in personalizing learning, engaging students, and preparing them for life beyond school. AYPF is partnering with the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Center for Workforce Development to present the findings of the Center’s research on the use of Individualized Learning Plans (ILP), which provide middle school and high schools students with a tool to define their personal interests, goals, and course choices through postsecondary education and careers. Many states have adopted policies that require the use of ILPs and research is starting to show its benefits.

The Center on Workforce Development has conducted longitudinal research, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, to assess the effectiveness of ILPs, and it implemented a demonstration project to better understand their impact on post-school outcomes. Presenters will summarize the research findings and discuss practitioners’ and policymakers’ experiences implementing and scaling up the use of ILPs. Presenters will include Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Joan Wills, Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership, and Dr. Scott Solberg, Associate Dean for Research, University of Boston.”

Find out more… American Youth Policy Forum.


Online Course: Global Comparative Disability Policy

Enroll by Nov. 30 to learn more about this evolving employment issue.

What are the socio-economic barriers that challenge individuals with disabilities around the world? How has U.S. disability policy influenced the policy of other countries? How do countries evaluate the success of their policies in serving the needs of people with disabilities?


This winter, Professors Thomas P. Golden and Arun Karpur of Cornell University’s acclaimed Employment and Disability Institute will answer these and many other questions in an online course, Global Comparative Disability Policy (this will link to

Through lectures, discussions, and interviews, students in this intensive, four-credit course will gain:

  • an overview of international public policies on disability,
  • an analysis of disability and employment policy in specific parts of the world,
  • a framework for comparative analysis of public policy, and
  • an introduction to the evolution of country-specific disability policies.

Because this is an entire college semester offered in just a few weeks, participants should be prepared to spend about 30 hours per week on the course. Tuition for Winter Session is $1,155 per credit ($4,620 for a four-credit course). Grades and credits earned will be recorded on an official Cornell University transcript.

For more information and to register, see the course description on the Winter Session website, e-mail, or call 607.255.7259.