Other National Events Listed in Past Issues
Hard-Wiring Inclusion: A Conference about Building an Accessible Information and Communications Technology World
October 26, 2006 - October 27, 2006
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
This conference will bring together disability advocates, designers, product developers, manufacturers and service providers, policymakers, and researchers to share knowledge about accessible/inclusive information and communications technology (ICT) and develop strategies to mobilize that knowledge into action and change. Conference topics will include findings of disability and information technologies research, strategies for encouraging the development of accessible/inclusive ICTs, business benefits of designing accessible mainstream technologies, finding common ground between human rights and business bottom lines, and tools for engaging communities in accessible/inclusive ICTs. Sponsored by the Disability and Information Technologies Research Alliance, a Canadian organization.
Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability and Technology
October 24, 2006
This conference will include presentations by scientists, disability leaders, government officials, and business executives; an overview of cognitive technologies research; and addresses by distinguished speakers including Temple Grandin and Michael Wehmeyer. Sponsored by the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities, University of Colorado.
The Arc’s 55th National Convention: Ride the Wave
October 12, 2006 - October 14, 2006
San Diego, CA
This year’s Arc of the U.S. convention will allow volunteers, professionals, self-advocates, and families to select a specific content track most suited to their needs and interests. Tracks will include Family, Leadership, and Advocacy.
Using Flexible Technology to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners
October 11, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
Making the general curriculum accessible to all students is an important aspect of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. During this free interactive Online Event from Wested’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Julie Duffield from WestEd and Lisa Wahl, education and assistive technology consultant, will introduce the Technology to Support Diverse Learners Web site to show how some existing technology resources available at most schools—talking text, Web resources, graphic organizers, and word processors—can be used both to help students access the curriculum and to differentiate instruction. The presentation will include examples from schools and districts using such technologies to differentiate instruction.
Adapting a K-12 Reading Model for Middle and Secondary Schools
September 21, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
This free, interactive online event from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will present findings from a study of the secondary component of the Alabama Reading Initiative, a statewide K-12 effort to improve the teaching of reading through intense professional development and in-school coaching. The study describes how secondary educators adapted the professional development model to meet their needs and overcame challenges to implementation at the district and state levels. Participants will explore strategies for sustaining district and state focus on improving teaching and learning in secondary schools through creation of similar professional development efforts.
Persistently Safe Schools 2006: The National Conference of the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence
September 19, 2006 - September 21, 2006
The National Conference of the Hamilton Fish Institute on School and Community Violence at the George Washington University (HFI) convenes violence prevention practitioners dedicated to creating and providing safer environments for youth. The conference reflects HFI’s mission: to research, develop, and make publicly available strategies for reducing violence and promoting civility in schools and communities. Conference topics will include alternative education, bullying, gangs, gender-related violence and issues, mental health and violence, model interventions, risk and protective factors, and school security. School- and community-based teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and resource officers; social workers; mental health experts; researchers; and policymakers are encouraged to attend.
IQ Testing: Not Just About the Numbers
August 16, 2006 - August 23, 2006
2:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Eastern)
IQ testing is frequently used to determine a child’s eligibility for special education and programming. During this 2-part Advocate Academy Webinar, participants will learn about different types of IQ tests, including the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (Third and Fourth Editions); styles of learning; and test interpretation. IQ testing as it relates to changes in the identification of specific learning disabilities contained in IDEA 2004 will also be discussed. Participation requires access to a phone and a computer with internet access (preferably high speed). Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
Disability Statistics: What are the “Real” Numbers and How do you Make Sense of Them?
August 15, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (Central)
This teleconference, hosted by the ADA and IT Technical Assistance Centers, will explore various databases and how they measure the number of people with disabilities in a variety of categories (employment, income, etc.). Andrew Houtenville of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Disability Demographics and Statistics at Cornell University will describe how these statistics are collected and reported by various entities such as the Census Bureau and Social Security Administration. Learn how you can use these databases to inform policymakers and others. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
ADA 16th Anniversary Town Hall Meeting and Seminar: A National Dialogue on the State of Disability
July 26, 2006
The National Council on Disability and its federal partners will hold this town hall meeting and seminar to observe the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This meeting is open to the public and free of charge, but space is limited. The event will also be Webcast and archived for later viewing. For more information, please contact Mark Quigley at email@example.com.
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June 21, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California school district which revamped its school support model, resulting in a 25-point gain on the state’s Academic Performance Index district-wide and improvement in more than 90% of district schools. The district’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction will discuss its focus on establishing a clear vision, its action plan to build collaboration, and its expanded role in continuous improvement efforts. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.
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