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Disabilities Awareness Conference
Conference
April 15, 2010
Piscataway, NJ
The Disabilities Awareness Conference, held by Rutgers University, invites those involved in the field of secondary and postsecondary education, disability professionals, returning veterans, parents, students, and interested others to a one-day conference addressing disabilities on campus and in the workplace. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Wise Young, who is a leader in the field of spinal cord injury research, Founding Director of the W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, and the first person to hold the Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience at Rutgers University.

Using the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) Database for Research and Policy Discussion
Seminar
April 13, 2010 - April 15, 2010
Washington, DC
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) database. The NLTS2 is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to youth with disabilities as they move from secondary school into adult roles. This seminar is open to advanced graduate students and faculty members from colleges and universities nationwide and to researchers, education practitioners, and policy analysts from federal, state, and local education and human services agencies and professional associations.

26th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities
Conference
April 12, 2010 - April 13, 2010
Honolulu, HI
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities dates back to 1985 and has evolved into one of the top rated international educational offerings for and from persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, service providers, policymakers, community leaders, advocates, and nationally recognized professionals in the various disciplines in the diverse field of disabilities. The 2010 Pacific Rim International Conference program design is organized into three broad thematic areas: Foundation topics, Exploration topics, and Innovation topics. Registration and a call for proposals are now open. Deadline for final submissions is December 18, 2009. Registration deadline is January 15, 2010.

A Paradigm for Diagnosing at Implementation Breakdowns
Web-based Event
April 7, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Assistive Technology (AT) Industry Association sponsors webinars on aspects of AT. Implementing AT services, once they are provided, may be a challenge. If educators and assistive technology specialists look only at the symptoms of a failure (e.g., AT may be present in the classroom but not used), they may not be addressing the underlying reasons for it (e.g., The use of AT may interfere with daily classroom routines). The webinar will introduce a paradigm for a systematic approach to pinpointing underlying reasons for difficulties with daily, functional use of AT and identifying appropriate intervention strategies.

Accept Yourself: Sometimes You Just Don't Feel Like You Fit In...Learning to Problem Solve
Web-based Event
April 6, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Each month, the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) Leadership Webinar Series offers chats on topics that are important to youth, led by young adults, who share their experiences and insights. Each call will include time for listeners to share their stories and ask questions. The call is offered twice, with a morning session as well as the afternoon session referenced here.

Accept Yourself: Sometimes You Just Don't Feel Like You Fit In...Learning to Problem Solve
Web-based Event
April 6, 2010
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM   (Eastern)
Each month, the Pennsylvania Youth Leadership Network (PYLN) Leadership Webinar Series offers chats on topics that are important to youth, led by young adults, who share their experiences and insights. Each call will include time for listeners to share their stories and ask questions. The call is offered twice, with an afternoon session as well as the morning session referenced here.

Debunking the Myth of PDF Inaccessibility
Web-based Event
April 5, 2010
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
This free webinar will demonstrate how Adobe’s ubiquitous PDF is accessible by people with disabilities using assistive technology. Topics to be covered include different types of PDFs, using Adobe’s built-in accessibility features, and navigating PDF documents. This webinar is for users of assistive technology, keyboard users, webmasters, content providers/authors, Section 508 coordinators, and rehabilitation trainers.

Virginia’s NEXT STEPS Transition Program Webinars: Guardianship – Rights, Risks, and Responsibilities
Web-based Event
April 5, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Local school divisions must inform parents of the rights of youth with disabilities a full year before the student with a disability reaches the age of majority. State directives about guardianship, conservatorship, powers of attorney and other information are made available to families. However, families should understand the full responsibilities and risks associated with assuming guardianship of their children. Sue Swenson, a parent and advocate, outlines the questions parents should be asking prior to taking these steps.

Making Memory: Cognitive Support Technology for People with Intellectual and Memory Disabilities
Web-based Event
March 31, 2010
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM   (Eastern)
The Assistive Technology (AT) Industry Association sponsors webinars on aspects of AT. Cognitive Support Technology (CST) is a new area of technology use which supports people who have difficulty remembering complicated tasks or sequences. CST is used by students and adults with developmental disabilities, autism, cognitive and learning disabilities, as well as people who have sustained a head injury. Overall, people with cognitive disabilities who use CST require fewer prompts, make fewer errors, complete more tasks successfully and complete more complex tasks. The session will explore ways that CST can support people with cognitive disabilities and examine some examples of dedicated cognitive support technology.

Everybody Learns, Everybody Works: Creating Inclusive Workforce Development for Youth with Learning Disabilities
Web-based Event
March 24, 2010
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
“Learning disability” is one of the most common disabilities that workforce development professionals come across. Large numbers of youth, with both diagnosed and often undiagnosed learning disabilities, are transitioning into young adulthood, to the worlds of work and postsecondary education, and experiencing significant difficulties. What exactly does this mean and how does it affect your workforce development process with youth? This webinar offers resources and practical strategies for: recognizing and identifying a learning disability; properly assessing a disability; and providing supports and accommodations for this growing population of youth. Participants will receive the latest research and information from our upcoming learning disabilities guide for workforce development professionals and policymakers.

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