We had over 104 parents, students, and administrators from higher education, regional centers and vocational rehabilitation join representatives from college disability services, vocational counseling, adult service agencies, K-12 school districts, Disability Rights of California, and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities to participate in the California Consortium on Higher Education for People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities working conference which was hosted by the UCLA Tarjan Center, on March 10, 2014. The conference featured a panel of young adults from transition, postsecondary education who are currently working in integrated competitive employment (ICE) settings, and a panel of professionals addressing new policy directions (i.e., California’s Employment First policy, Self Determination, Student Success Act), and the implications of these policies along with insight for creating greater access to higher education and ICE. The vast majority of participants agreed that their knowledge of higher education and employment increased as a result of the event. As one participant stated, “every speaker and participant gave very informative information and perspectives.” Congratulations to Wilbert Francis on his tireless efforts in producing this successful event!
To see highlights from this March 10, 2014 event, click here .