The California Employment Consortium for Youth and Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (aka CECY, pronounced SEE-SEE) is a collaboration of 45+ representatives of 23 state agencies, centers, and organizations, families, and self-advocates with responsibilities for the education, rehabilitation, employment, and support of youth with disabilities
To stimulate policy change and build capacity in California state systems and local communities to increase the number of youth and young adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in integrated competitive employment.
To increase opportunities for youth and young adults to achieve ICE:
- strengthen interagency collaborations and practices between and among local and state agencies.
- enhance the understanding of youth and young adults with IDD, family members, and professionals of effective practices.
- affect policy change at a state and local level.
CECY's Community Conversations
CECY's Community Conversations bring together friends and neighbors to explore how local strengths, resources, and opportunities can be used to advance employment of youth and young adults with disabilities in their community. Employers, local officials, educators, families, organizations, disability service providers, faith communities, and individuals with disabilities are welcome. Keep up with the Community Conversations schedule on its webpage.
- Communities Building Solutions for Employment of Youth with Disabilities: Taft's Community Conversation: March 2014, CECY hosted a town hall meeting in Taft, California, its first of seven "Community Conversations" to build awareness and community engagement to increase employment opportunities of youth and young people with disabilities. Over 50 community members including employers, educators, people from faith communities, government officials, disability service providers, young adults with disabilities, and family members came together to address what they could do to increase the employment of young people with disabilities in their community. Through collaborative dialogue, participants generated fresh ideas and important next steps.
- Employment First Movement: The Train Has Left the Station is a CECY brief that focuses on California’s new Employment First Policy that Governor Jerry Brown signed into legislation on October 9, 2013. "Employment First" emphasizes ICE as the first priority and preferred outcome for adults with significant disabilities. The brief provides an overview of California’s history in achieving the legislation and a national overview of the Employment First movement across the country. An accessible version will be posted shortly.
- Employment First Policy Summary, created by CECY and the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, explains California's Employment First Policy. An accessible version will be posted shortly.
- State of California's Developmental Disabilities System Employment Data Dashboard is the state's first centralized location to track the employment of youth and young adults with IDD in California. The site is accessible.
- Aiming Higher: Increasing Employment for Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is a CECY policy brief that discusses critical issues in the Developmental Disabilities Services system that affect the successful employment of youth with IDD. An accessible version will be posted shortly.
CECY Shares "Unpacking What Works" at APSE 2014: July 1, CECY Director Olivia Raynor along with members from secondary education and a regional center -- Richard Rosenberg, Linda O'Neal, John Filley, and Candice Spielman -- presented "Unpacking What Works: How Do You Do That?" a well-received session that detailed essential elements of effective practices for integrated competitive employment. The presenters shared how they implemented key practices such as person centered planning, earning industry certificates, teacher transformation in job development, and business partnerships. See their APSE Presentation here.
In January 2012, CECY awarded grants to 7 Local Employment Collaborative Teams (LECTS) to shed light on specific barriers to employment and describe new solutions that can be utilized by programs across the state. Read the press release and summaries that describe the LECT projects. Products produced by our Local Employment Collaborative Teams will be posted on this site.
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CECY is a five-year (2011-2016) Project of National Significance Partnerships in Employment Systems Change grant (#90DN0284) by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD). The Tarjan Center at UCLA, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, provides its administrative leadership.