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Americans with Disabilities Act Public Forum
Public Forum
April 8, 2005
Houston, TX
As a part of a year-long study, the National Council on Disability (NCD) is sponsoring five public forums around the country to gather testimony from people with disabilities, their families, and their advocates on the impact the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) has had on their lives. NCD is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress to enhance the quality of life for all Americans with disabilities and their families. For more information on this forum, contact Tajuana Dunning at the Independent Living Research Utilization Project at tdunning@bcm.tmc.edu or 713-520-0232 ext 112.

2005 CEC Convention and Expo
Conference
April 6, 2005 - April 9, 2005
Baltimore, MD
Participants in the 2005 Convention and Expo of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) will gain proven educational strategies for children with disabilities and the gifted and get the latest news on IDEA and the implementation of NCLB. Sessions on the following topics and more will be offered: instructional methods and strategies, Progress Monitoring, Autism spectrum disorders, preparing students for transition, and positive and safe learning environments. For more information, visit the CEC Web site or call 1-888-CEC-SPED (232-7733).

ASCD 60th Annual Conference: Voices of Education: Unleashing the Power, Passion, and Promise
Conference
April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005
Orlando, FL
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development announces its 60th annual conference: “Voices of Education: Unleashing the Power, Passion, and Promise.” The conference will explore current ideas in education, examine new developments in content area and grade level, and stretch professional development learning into new areas.

Graduated Sanctions: Effective Intervention Strategies for Addressing Delinquency
Videoconference
March 22, 2005
12:45 PM - 2:15 PM   (Central)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Juvenile Sanctions Center will host a satellite videoconference entitled "Graduated Sanctions: An Effective Intervention Strategy for Addressing Delinquency." This event will be a virtual town hall meeting dedicated to helping communities use graduated sanctions. The goal of this event is to highlight the efforts of OJJDP and the Juvenile Sanctions Center in graduated sanctions; provide examples of community efforts to improve collaboration, intervention strategies, and public awareness surrounding the issue of graduated sanctions; and promote available graduated sanctions resources. Participation is free, but online registration is required.

10th National Conference on Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities
Conference
March 14, 2005 - March 16, 2005
Riverside, CA
Sponsored by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice and presented by Arc Riverside California, this conference is for professionals in the fields of child abuse, vulnerable adult abuse, and elder abuse representing all facets of protective services, law enforcement, victim's services, sexual assault response and treatment providers, mental health, and social services as well as disability services providers such as Independent Living Centers, rehabilitation, direct care providers, and special services providers in all areas. Online registration available.

The Second International Conference on Positive Behavior Support
Conference
March 10, 2005 - March 12, 2005
Tampa, FL
The Association for Positive Behavior Support will host this conference to provide families, professionals, support providers, researchers, and school personnel with the latest knowledge and resources on behavior support. Presentations will discuss skills, research findings in positive behavior supports, skill-building on school-wide behavior support, measuring outcomes, early intervention, and other practical applications. Presentation topics will include early intervention, school-wide applications, district/state, individual schools, family support, personnel preparation, community applications, individual intervention strategies, teaming/collaboration, functional assessment, mental health, classroom management, and technology.

A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
Conference
March 6, 2005 - March 9, 2005
Tampa, FL
Researchers, evaluators, administrators, policymakers, advocates, and family members interested in applied practical systems-of-care research should attend. Empirical research on systems of care that promote the emotional and behavioral wellbeing of children and their families will be covered. Topics will include: service system assessment, Center for Mental Health Services, dissemination and implementation, policy development and implementation, treatment effectiveness, partnership effectiveness, educational outcomes in systems of care, effectiveness of child welfare/foster care programs, and effects of financing methods. Sponsored by the Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health.

Contributions of Career and Technical (Education) Student Organizations: Policy Maker and CTSO Student Views
Web Cast
March 3, 2005
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
The National Career and Technical Education Student Organizations, such as FFA, DECA, and FBLA, are an integral part of career and technical education programs. This Webcast of the National Dissemination Center for Career and Technical Education will highlight the experiences of the national student leaders with these organizations and show how the organizations contribute to improving high schools and preparing a world-class workforce through the advancement of leadership, citizenship, academic, and technological skills. Moderated by Dr. Susan Sclafani, Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education.

PacRim 2005 Conference: A Rainbow of Abilities
Conference
February 28, 2005 - March 1, 2005
Honolulu, HI
Since the first Pacific Rim (Pac Rim) Conference in 1985, the scope and size of this premier event has grown to include participants from the U.S. Mainland, Alaska, Pacific Islands Nations, Japan, Australia, the Philippines and numerous other countries. Persons with disabilities, family members, researchers, and service providers join policymakers and nationally recognized speakers in the field of disabilities to participate in the Pac Rim Conference to learn from each other and to share resources for communities to fully accept and support persons with disabilities. This year’s theme, “A Rainbow of Abilities”, celebrates the diversity and the opportunities available for persons with disabilities.

Strategies, Programs, and Resources to Prevent Truancy
Videoconference
February 23, 2005
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
Sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), and the Training Resource Center, this videoconference will provide an overview of the truancy issues addressed in the December 2004 conference, “Partnering To Prevent Truancy: A National Priority,” and will showcase several promising, evidence-based program approaches to truancy and related issues presented at the conference. The importance of new resources, including a truancy Web site, will be emphasized, as will the ongoing commitment of OJJDP and OSDFS to the issue of truancy prevention, intervention, and reduction.

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