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SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities

In July 2015, the Food Research and Action Center issued "SNAP Matters for People with Disabilities" Food Research and Action Center. The following is excerpted from the Executive Summary: Poverty, hunger, and food insecurity disproportionately affect Americans who have communicative, mental, or physical disabilities. For these children, adults, and seniors, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) serves as a vital support. Access to affordable, nutritious food often is even more critical for Americans with disabilities than for others. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to experience poverty and food insecurity, but they also are more likely to suffer from chronic conditions that can be aggravated by poor nutrition. These conditions can exacerbate existing disabilities or even lead to new disabilities. Good nutrition is a key component of good health for all Americans, but for those who have a disability, eating nutritiously, even during periods of economic difficulty, is critically important. This report provides information on: 1. The population of Americans with disabilities, including factors that lead to increased poverty and food insecurity among them; 2. SNAP’s role among programs targeted to assist people with disabilities; 3. SNAP program rules and policies that make it both accessible and responsive to the needs of Americans with disabilities; and 4. Recommendations for strengthening SNAP’s support for people with disabilities through state policy options, agency practices, and outreach. To access the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://frac.org/pdf/snap_matters_people_with_disabililties.pdf

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09/08/15 10:34AM

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Funding Opportunity: Projects for American Indians with Disabilities

The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) today has announced a funding opportunity under the “Projects for American Indians with Disabilities” program. The purpose of this program is to provide vocational rehabilitation (VR) services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations, consistent with their individual strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice, so that they may prepare for and engage in high-quality employment that will increase opportunities for economic self-sufficiency. The funding is for discretionary grants with total estimated available funding of: Available Funds: $12,607,000. Grant awards are expected to range from $300,000-$600,000 with approximately 25 grants to be awarded. Applications are due by June 8, 2015. To view the Federal Register Notice for this grant program, please click on View Page Now or go to:http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-07/pdf/2015-07994.pdf

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04/07/15 12:07PM

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Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities

On September 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a Federal Register Notice soliciting nominations for the Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Disabilities. The Committee is established under the new Workforce Innovations and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Nominations for individuals to serve on the Committee must be received by October 14, 2014. The purpose of the Committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for the Secretary of Labor on (1) ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; (2) the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates. To access the Federal Register Notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/12/2014-21834/advisory-committee-on-increasing-competitive-integrated-employment-for-individuals-with-disabilities

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09/12/14 04:13PM

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DOL, DOE, HHS National Dialogue on Career Pathways

On behalf of the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services, you are invited to participate in the National Dialogue on Career Pathways to be held on September 23, 2014. This important event will bring national attention to the critical role career pathways systems play in creating a strong economy where workers can gain the skills needed for good jobs and employers can hire workers with the skills they need. The meeting will be available via live stream broadcast at http://prg.mediasite.com/mediasite/Play/f1574e1999094289ab581d5b834de4d91d. The meeting will feature messages from our federal agency leaders on the importance of career pathways as a job driven training strategy. During the day’s meeting, you will also hear presentations and panel discussions from some of the nation’s leading state and local area career pathways practitioners providing insight into their experiences and promising practices, ranging from cross-agency partnership building to innovative strategies to help students, workers, and businesses. In addition, there will also be thought-provoking discussions with leading policy experts, business leaders, and philanthropists on the future of career pathways. To view the National Dialogue on Career Pathways Agenda please click on View Page Now or go to: NDM Agenda 9-4-14.pdf

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09/05/14 11:53AM

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HHS/ACL Announcement of the Intent To Award a Single-Source Cooperative Agreement to the National Association of State Units on Aging and Disability

The Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced in the Federal Register on August 27, 2014, the intent to award a single-source cooperative agreement in the amount of $220,000 to the National Association of State Units on Aging and Disability (NASUAD) to support and stimulate the expansion of work already under way by NASUAD to create a valid and reliable National Core Indicator (NCI) Survey for older adults and people with physical disabilities. The award will be issued for a project period of September 30, 2014 through September 29, 2015. To view the full Federal Register notice, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-27/pdf/2014-20326.pdf

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08/27/14 10:13AM

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DOE Invites Feedback to Further the Research Missions and Plans for NCER and NCSER

On August 18, 2014, the Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences requested feedback on the focus and work of their two research centers: the National Center for Education Research (NCER) and the National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER). The mission of NCER is to support rigorous research that addresses the nation’s most pressing education needs, from early childhood to postsecondary and adult education. Similarly, NCSER sponsors a comprehensive program of special education research designed to expand the knowledge and understanding of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities. They are specifically seeking comment on the following questions: What are the characteristics of education and special education studies that have had the most influence on policy and practice during the past 10 years? What lessons can we draw from these studies to inform NCER’s and NCSER’s future work? What are the critical problems or issues on which new research is needed? How can NCSER and NCER target their funds to do the most good for the field? Comments should be sent to Comments.Research@ed.gov by October 31, 2014. To view the invitation for comment, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://ies.ed.gov/pdf/2014-NCERfeedback.pdf

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08/20/14 08:41AM

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SMSHA Webinar Series: Peer Support for Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMSHA) is hosting a two part Webinar: Part 1:Exemplary Models of Peer Support to Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on August 27th, 2014 3:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. EDT; and Part 2: How to Build Peer Support for Incarcerated Persons With Mental Illness on September 3rd, 2014 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. EDT. These are sponsored by SAMHSA's GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Association of State Correctional Administrators. Attendees will learn about the use of peers and peer support on Special Needs Units and in Reentry Planning. The first session will highlight two exemplary programs and the second session will focus on how to fund, develop, implement, sustain and expand these programs in correctional facilities. To register for these webinars, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.seiservices.com/samhsa/CMHS_webinars2014/

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08/12/14 01:27PM

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DOE Announces RRTC Priority on VR Practices for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Education's (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (SErS announces a priority for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). This priority for an RRTC on Vocational Rehabilitation Practices for Youth and Young Adults for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2014 and later years focuses research attention on an area of national need. The intent of this priority is to contribute to improved outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities. To view the RRTC announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-28/html/2014-17718.htm

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08/12/14 11:28AM

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Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens and Young Adults

The Washington Post's published the following front page story on August 7, 2014: "Promising New Approach Helps Curb Early Schizophrenia in Teens, Young Adults." The program involves an intensive two-year course of socialization, family therapy, job and school assistance, and, in some cases, antipsychotic medication. What makes the treatment unique is that it focuses deeply on family relationships, and occurs early in the disease, often before a diagnosis. So far, the results have been striking: In Portland, Maine, where the treatment was pioneered, the rate of hospitalizations for first psychotic episodes fell by 34 percent over a six-year period, according to a March study. And just last month, a peer-reviewed study published in the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin found that young people undergoing the treatment at six sites around the country were more likely to be in school or working than adolescents who were not in the program. The research was funded by a $17 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. To read the full article, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/promising-new-approach-helps-curb-early-schizophrenia-in-teens-young-adults/2014/08/06/82609e74-fd77-11e3-b1f4-8e77c632c07b_story.html

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08/07/14 02:45PM

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DOL Announces $73.6 Million in YouthBuild Grants

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced YouthBuild grant awards to 71 programs across 31 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands totaling $73,654,300 on August 6, 2014. YouthBuild grants support academic and occupational skills training for at-risk youth. The grants range from approximately $700,000 to $1.1 million each to help approximately 4,800 young people obtain the certifications and skills necessary to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Along with the programs receiving funding today, the Labor Department now actively funds 322 YouthBuild programs around the country. YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training to youth ages 16 to 24 who have been in the juvenile justice system, are aging out of foster care, have dropped out of high school or are otherwise at-risk of failing to reach key educational and career milestones. To view the DOL announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141446.htm

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08/06/14 04:47PM

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NDIRR Announces Funding Opportunity for Two RRTCs on Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions

The Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)— Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program— Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) announced the availability for funds to two RRTCs: (1) Transition to Employment for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions and (2) Community Living and Participation for Youth and Young Adults with Serious Mental Health Conditions. The Federal Register announcement Notice invites applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The maximum grant award per year for each of the two RRTCs is $875,000. Applications Available: July 18, 2014. Deadline for Letter of Intent to Apply: August 15, 2014. Date of Pre-Application Meeting: August 8, 2014. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: August 29, 2014. To access the Federal Register announcement, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-18/pdf/2014-16994.pdf

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07/18/14 04:05PM

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DoD Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Resources

The Department of Defense (DoD)Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools and training to ensure military Service Members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life, including whether pursuing education, finding a job, or starting their own business. The DoD TAP website includes access to: 1) Individual Transition Plan to provide a framework to achieve realistic career goals based on an assessment of your personal and family needs as well as your unique skills, knowledge, experience, interests and abilities. 2) Military Fields & Civilian Equivalents to give Services Members a quick reference tool to see similar civilian career fields to their military specialty. 3) MOC Crosswalk Gap Analysis to translate military skills, training and experience into identification of required civilian credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs. To access the DoD TAP website click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.dodtap.mil/index.html

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07/17/14 01:19PM

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DOE Announces Funding Available for VR Services Program for American Indians with Disabilities

The Department of Education (DOE) announced the availability of $21 million for the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Services Projects for American Indians With Disabilities program to provide VR services to American Indians with disabilities who reside on or near Federal or State reservations. The estimated grant award range is $340,000 to $550,000 with approximately 48 grants to be awarded. Applications are due by September 2, 2014. To view the Federal Register announcement, please click on View Page Now, or go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-17/pdf/2014-16830.pdf

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07/17/14 01:07PM

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“CAP Quick Tip: Wounded Service Members Requests,”

The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.

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07/15/14 01:35PM

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U.S. Interagency Counsel on Homelessness - Community and Federal Partnerships Are Driving Progress Toward Ending Homelessness

United States Interagency Counsel on Homelessness (USICH) and federal partners are teaming up with communities all across the country to accelerate and align existing efforts toward ending Veteran and chronic homelessness and to do this in a way that lays the foundation for ending all homelessness. They consider effective Partnerships as critical to the work of ending homelessness. Whether through the Mayors Challenge to End Homelessness, to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country... Or the 25 Cities effort to build and strengthen the elements of a coordinated entry system in communities for identifying, assessing, and matching people experiencing homelessness to the most appropriate housing support interventions. For more information on the USICH activities and progress, please go to their recent news release at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4e6358ba-bb52-49e7-a159-ad64fdeca1ab&c=0e4efc10-321b-11e3-b334-90b11c3522c5&ch=0f29cbb0-321b-11e3-b431-90b11c3522c5

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07/08/14 12:42PM

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South Dakota DEI Video on Disclosing a Disability

The goal of the South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grant program, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and Office of Disability Employment Policy, I is to improve the education, training, and employment opportunities and outcomes of young adults, ages 18-24, with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. Through the DEI grant, SD created this informative video profiling individuals speaking about their decisions regarding disclosing their disability. SD describes the purpose of the video: Every job seeker with a disability is faced with the same decision: “Should I or shouldn’t I disclose my disability?” This decision may be framed differently depending upon whether you have a visible disability or a non-visible disability. Ultimately, the decision of whether to disclose is entirely up to you. Below is a video developed by South Dakota Disability Employment Initiative with personal testimonies by South Dakotans on their choice to disclose or not disclose their disability in the education and workplace setting.

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07/03/14 11:21AM

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LEAD Center Webinar - ADA, Olmstead and State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment of Individuals with Significant Disabilities

The National Disability Institute is sponsoring this LEAD Center Webinar on July 16, 2014 | 3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT. One of the most historic legal decisions affecting the civil rights of people with disabilities celebrated its 15th anniversary on June 22nd. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered the landmark decision in the Olmstead v. L.C. case, requiring states to eliminate the segregation of people with disabilities and ensure people with disabilities receive services in the most integrated setting appropriate to their needs. The groundbreaking decision has not only helped plaintiff Lois Curtis of Georgia and thousands of people with disabilities leave institutions and live in the community, but also continues to be applied beyond community living to employment and other services and supports. To register for this webinar, please go to: https://leadcenter.webex.com/mw0401l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=leadcenter&service=6&rnd=0.06959248910478999&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fleadcenter.webex.com%2Fec0701l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D1749542453%26%26MK%3D665020382%26%26%26siteurl%3Dleadcenter

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07/01/14 12:30PM

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AAPD Offers Interfaith Guide to Promote Inclusion in Faith-Based Organizations

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has published an online edition of “That All May Worship,” which the organization describes as “an interfaith guide to transforming any congregation into a place that values, includes, and enjoys children and adults with all types of disabilities.” According to the AAPD website, “Over 70 thousand printed copies of this guide have been sold since the first edition was published 20 years ago. We are proud to now offer a free updated electronic edition of this popular guide.” The guide is available at http://www.aapd.com/what-we-do/interfaith/that-all-may-worship/that-all-may-worship-cover.html

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07/01/14 08:25AM

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DOL Announces $74 Million in Grants to Reintegrate Formerly Incarcerated Adults and Youth into Their Communities

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced the award of $74 million in grants to 37 community service organizations to provide employment, training and support services to successfully re-integrate formerly incarcerated adults and youth involved in the juvenile justice system into their communities. Grantees are expected to provide a range of services that include case management, mentoring, education and training that leads to industry-recognized credentials. Twenty-one grants, totaling more than $44 million, are being awarded for the second round of the Face Forward initiative, which combines the most promising workforce and juvenile justice strategies available to improve participants' chances of success. Funded programs will also help to address the stigma of having a juvenile record by offering services to seal juvenile records and providing opportunities to handle delinquency complaints outside of the juvenile justice system. The remaining funding, totaling $30 million to 17 organizations through the Training to Work — Adult Reentry program, will help men and women participating in state or local work-release programs gain the job skills necessary to succeed in-demand occupations upon reintegrating back into society. The grants also build on the department's commitment to fund sustainable programs through the career pathways initiative, which better coordinates education and training services to enable workers to attain industry-recognized credentials and find jobs. Both grant programs target areas designated as "Promise Zones". Promise Zones partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality and affordable housing, and improve public safety. To learn more about these grant awards, please go to http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/eta/ETA20141195.htm

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06/20/14 04:14PM

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AmeriCorps Partnership Challenge - Ideas for Expanding National Service

he AmeriCorps Partnerships Challenge is a call to action to the private sector, nonprofits, philanthropies, and public agencies at every level. As part of the Task Force on Expanding National Service, AmeriCorps is requesting proposals to expand AmeriCorps service opportunities to meet critical national and local needs. AmeriCorps is dedicating up to $30 million in education scholarships to support this challenge. This amount of Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards is enough to support more than 8,000 new AmeriCorps members. To learn more about this request, please go to http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/task-force-expanding-national-service/americorps-partnerships-challenge

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06/05/14 01:44PM

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