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National ADA Symposium and Expo
Conference
April 10, 2006 - April 12, 2006
St. Louis, MO
The National ADA Symposium a comprehensive conference on the Americans with Disabilities Act and related disability laws. The event offers a wide range of sessions and training by nationally recognized presenters from the agencies involved with the ADA, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, the U.S. Access Board, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the U.S. Department of Education. Sponsored by the Network of ADA and IT Centers.

Moving Youth Policy Forward: Lessons Learned
Teleconference Call
April 10, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the National Conference of State Legislatures will describe existing comprehensive, coordinated efforts to address youth policy. Selected states will share their challenges and successes in implementing coordinated approaches to operating within a positive youth development framework. Participation is free, but registration is required. Log-on information and the phone number will be provided in the confirmation e-mail.

“Perspectives”: The Fifth Annual Disability Symposium
Symposium
April 7, 2006
Philadelphia, PA
This workshop will feature keynote speakers Doris Johnson, Ph.D. and Jim Eisenreich, and workshops on civil rights, accommodations and high-stakes testing, stimulant medications, student perspectives, providing accommodations on a case-by-case basis, audio description of live theater, college students with ADHD, and study skills and instructional supports for students with LD and ADHD. Sponsored by the Office of Student Disabilities Services at the University of Pennsylvania.

Standards-Based Instruction: Could it Happen in Special Education?
Web-based Event
April 6, 2006
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
How can we close the achievement gaps that seem to be persistent or widening for special education students? Research-based systematic standards-focused instruction has tremendously improved outcomes for general education students, but how can it facilitate closing the achievement gap between general and special education students? In this interactive presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, learn how special educators can implement standards-focused instruction and how appropriately written Individualized Educational Programs (IEPs) can support the attainment of grade-level standard skills. Free registration is required.

Enhancing Learning for Students with Disabilities: The Intersection of Disability Studies and Student Development Theories
Seminar
April 6, 2006 - April 7, 2006
Washington, DC
This seminar will facilitate a dialogue on issues critical for the academic success of college students with disabilities. How do scholars and practitioners integrate two seemingly dissimilar areas of study—disability studies and student development theories? Including discussions of universal design, self-determination, disability identity development, the social model of disability, moral and ethical development, and multiple intelligences, this seminar will help student affairs practitioners, academic advisors, disability services providers, counselors/therapists, faculty members, and academic administrators create new practical applications. Sponsored by ACPA (College Student Educators International). Registration deadline: March 24, 2006.

Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet) 2006: Roots & Wings
Conference
April 5, 2006 - April 8, 2006
Louisville, KY
The biennial PEPNet conference is sponsored by the Regional Centers on Postsecondary Education for Individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing, funded by the Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education. Administrators; counselors; interpreters; tutors; faculty members from disability services, student development, developmental studies, and college-level courses; secondary educators; and adult service providers from rehabilitation agencies and centers for independent living are encouraged to attend. Topics may include best practices in service provision, networking, shifting professional roles, technology, changing demographics, legislative changes and impacts, creative funding approaches, support services, and career planning and job placement.

Charting a Course: Meeting the Special Education Needs of Foster Children
Teleconference Call
April 5, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the Chapin Hall Center for Children and the National Conference of State Legislatures will examine the research on special education needs of children in out-of-home care and will discuss what this research suggests about the direction of state policy efforts to meet these needs more effectively. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo
Conference
April 5, 2006 - April 8, 2006
Salt Lake City, UT
Attendees of the 2006 CEC Convention and Expo will learn the latest strategies in instruction, progress monitoring, managing Autism Spectrum Disorders, preparing students for transitions, creating positive and safe learning environments, and more. The conference will include more than 300 exhibitors and more than 700 professional development sessions.

Special and Not-So-Special: Education in Public Schools: IDEA and 504
Web-based Event
March 29, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
Students with disabilities who attend public schools are supposed to be covered by either the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Webcast will discuss eligibility for services under each law, how parents can access those services, what services are available, and what procedures are available when schools and parents disagree. Presented by Jacquie Brennan, Disability Law Resource Project. Sponsored by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU).

Planning for Emergencies in the Workplace: Inclusion of People with Disabilities
Teleconference Call
March 21, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Central)
Recent events such as the 2005 hurricanes have generated a renewed awareness of the importance of emergency planning. Ensuring that the needs of people with disabilities are included in this planning is essential to meeting the needs of today's diverse workforce. This session will explore this critical workforce issue and discuss resources that are available to assist employers and employees as they address it. It will feature Brian S. Parson, Advisor for Employer Policy, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

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