ACSED in partnership with the Asian Pacific State Employee Association (APSEA) are developing the “Brown Bag Luncheon Leadership Talks”. This monthly program is focused on professional development and is free to all current members of each respective organization. It is also open to nonmembers for a small fee. The first “Brown Bag Lunch” presentation will be September 20th from 12-00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Department of Rehabilitation, 721 Capitol Mall. To learn more go to https://apsea-acsed-cdp.eventbrite.com. Please be sure to renew your membership and encourage others to join. We appreciate those who support the organization and encourage members to get involved in anyone of ACSED’s ongoing committees. This is a peer membership organization and you are an integral part of the organization. Remember, we are stronger together!! So your participation in key to the organizations success. There is a lot to do. So get involved. If you have the time to contribute please contact Dan Clark at email@example.com.
Save the Date – November 8, 2018! ACSED is busy planning the 2018 Awards Reception where the ACES and DAC awards will be given to selected departments. The reception and awards ceremony will be held at Blue Prynt restaurant starting right after work. More information will be coming to ACSED members soon.
ACSED continues to participate in the Statewide Disability Advisory Council (SDAC) meetings and presents to individual Department Disability Advisory Committees (DACs) about the mission and current goals and activities of ACSED.
We are continuing discussion with CalHR, the State Personnel Board (SPB), and the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) on implementing high priority recommendations for policy change from the 2015 Joint Project to increase disability employment in state service. In the past two months ACSED has met with the leadership from these three departments regarding these issues and hopes to soon engage in discussion of needed changes to the LEAP program.
ACSED has been engaged in monitoring and advocating on various legislative issues. SB 866, which dealt with a variety of civil service issues, contained one provision which ACSED supported related to merging LEAP lists with those for similar non-LEAP classifications. The bill was signed by the Governor and went into effect immediately. Two other bills supported by ACSED appear likely to pass the Legislature and go to the Governor for signature. These are AB 1870 (Reyes) which will extend the deadline for filing discrimination complaints to three years and AB 2132 (Levine) which would provide an exemption from building permit fees for persons with disabilities over 60 years of age who remodel their home to provide accessibility.
ACSED and other groups have been working with DOR and the Department of General Services (DGS) to advocate for improvements in the procurement process used to purchase assistive technology.
About ACSED Team
Association of California State Employees with Disabilities: Action and Equality for Employees with Disabilities - founded in 1976. The organization still exists and is among the leaders in advocacy in state government for employees with disabilities.