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Engaging and Serving People of Color with Disabilities: Becoming Culturally Competent
Web-based Event
October 30, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
This event is part of a 5-week October 2007 Webinar series offered by TASH. In this session, directors of organizations providing direct services to individuals of color with disabilities will describe experiences of cultural dissonance on the part of both families and staff and how they affect relationships and service outcome. Approaches to becoming culturally competent will be described, and information on resources and technical assistance will be provided. Presenters will include Scott Shepard, Executive Director, Avenues Support Living Services; and Tawara Goode, Director, National Center for Cultural Competency, Georgetown University. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Response of National Disability Organizations to Engagement of Families of Color
Web-based Event
October 23, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
This event is part of a 5-week October 2007 Webinar series offered by TASH. This session will examine the potential of various strategies to impact organizational culture and to increase participation by families of color. The contributions, challenges, and roles of the University Centers to strengthen ID/DD systems to respond to communities of color will also be discussed. Presenters will include: Barb Trader, Executive Director, TASH; David Tolleson, National Down Syndrome Congress; Sue Swenson, The ARC of the U.S.; and Royal Walker, Esq., President, University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

DCDT 2007: Building Castles...Building Dreams...The Magic of Transition!
Conference
October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
Orlando, FL
This conference, the annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), will provide participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in effective transition practices, policy issues, and research. Strand topics will include: self-determination and student involvement; community partnerships; family partnerships; postsecondary education services; personnel prep/professional development; student diversity and multicultural approaches; program evaluation models and data-based decision-making; aligning transition-focused education, standards, and school reform; legislation and policy; employment-focused education and business strategies; transition approaches for specific disability groups; staff requirements in the new economy; and assessment.

Closing the Gap: Assistive Technology Resources for Children and Adults with Special Needs
Conference
October 18, 2007 - October 20, 2007
Minneapolis, MN
This conference will cover topics related to technology as it is applied to people of all disabilities and age groups in education, rehabilitation, vocation, and independent living. People with disabilities, special educators, rehabilitation professionals, administrators, service/care providers, personnel managers, government officials, and hardware/software developers will share their experiences and insights.

School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions & Support -- Planning for Systems Change
Forum
October 11, 2007 - October 12, 2007
Rosemont, IL
This two-day forum for state, district, and regional Leadership Teams adopting and implementing school-wide Positive Behavior Support (SW PBS) will include examples, processes, and new findings related to SW PBS. Sessions are designed for all implementation levels, including Teams that are early in the process of SWPBS implementation, Teams moving toward larger scale implementation, and Teams focused on advanced issues such as evaluation, tertiary/secondary content, and coordination of coaching cadres. Sponsored by the National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) with support from the Illinois PBIS Network.

Engaging and Serving People of Color with Disabilities: Family Perspectives/Implications for Special Education
Web-based Event
October 9, 2007
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
This event is part of a 5-week October 2007 Webinar series offered by TASH. In this session, two parents will share their experiences with services and support systems and their efforts to influence policymaking and advocacy. “Help that helps” and cultural barriers will be discussed, and how historical and institutionalized practices evolve into unequal and unfair outcomes will be described, using special education as an example. Presenters will include Marty Clark, Parent and founder of The One Hundred Men; Tonia Ferguson, Esq., Parent, National Down Syndrome Congress Board Member, Kennedy Fellow; and Barbara Ransom, Esq., Attorney, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

U.S. BLN Best Employer Practices – Walgreens’ Quest for Inclusion
Web-based Event
October 9, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Walgreen Company has launched an effort to create a workplace where at least one-third of the workforce is people with disabilities in highly competitive jobs, integrated into the workplace, earning the same pay, and held to the same standards. In this JAN Webcast, Walgreens’ success story will be presented by Deb Russell, who oversees Walgreens’ commitment to hiring people with disabilities in their distribution centers. The first of these centers opened in January. This presentation will explain the plans and early outcomes of this effort, including lessons learned. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Online Institute on Assistive Technology PDF document
Web-based Event
October 8, 2007 - October 24, 2007
No Location Specified
Participants in this Online Institute, offered by the Family Center on Technology and Disability, will earn continuing education units (CEUs), expand their knowledge of AT devices and services, meet disability professionals from across the country, and have in-depth discussions with national AT experts. There will be two discussion strands: Transition & Assistive Technology, and Autism & Assistive Technology. Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, go to http://www.fctd.info/institute/oct2007/register.php. Event flier available in PDF (3 pages, 212 KB).

Fourth Annual High School Policy Conference: From No Child Left Behind to Every Child a Graduate
Conference
October 4, 2007 - October 5, 2007
Washington, DC
This conference, presented by the Alliance for Excellent Education, will include the following sessions: How NCLB Does Not (But Can) Address the Needs of High School Students, College and Work Readiness: Raising Standards and Improving Assessments, Accountability for What Matters: Improving High Schools, Ensuring Systemic Improvement: Turning Around Low-Performing High Schools, Improving Teacher Effectiveness in Low-Performing High Schools, and The High School of the 21st Century: Innovating for Equity and Excellence.

Career Development for People with Disabilities Web Course
Web-based Event
October 3, 2007 - October 16, 2007
No Location Specified
This 2-week, 20-hour Web training will cover key principles and hands-on tools for career planning, innovative vocational assessment, career development skills, and vocational profiling for youth and adults with disabilities. Participants can log on at any time during the course period and participate in the training. The course will be taught by Rob Hoffman, the Director of Community and Employer Development for Region 7 CRP-RCEP. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply. Offered by TRN, Inc.

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