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American Council on Rural Special Educationís Rural Survival Conference
Conference
March 20, 2003 - March 22, 2003
Salt Lake City, UT
"Rural Survival" is this year's theme of the American Council on Rural Special Education's 23rd Annual National Conference. The conference will highlight teaching strategies and programs that have been used successfully in K-12 classrooms.

Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice
Web-based Event
March 6, 2003
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
This videoconference (also available for viewing online) will feature three juvenile justice programs and highlight their work in prevention, education programming, or transition and aftercare services. Program representatives will discuss their successes and challenges, and answer participants' questions. Correctional educators and administrators; legislators and policy makers; juvenile justice professionals, and youth service workers; attorneys and judges; probation and parole professionals; transition and aftercare professionals; and child and family advocates are invited to participate. You may register online to facilitate a downlink site or to view the videoconference online via your computer. Registration is free.

Living and Working in the Community
Conference
March 3, 2003 - March 5, 2003
Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This event is designed to support current grantees' efforts, showcase New Freedom Initiative (NFI) activities across departments, inform advocates, showcase important CMS initiatives, and introduce new CMS funding emphases. There is no registration fee to attend this conference.

A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
Conference
March 2, 2003 - March 5, 2003
Tampa, FL
The Research and Training Center's 16th Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, is scheduled March 2 through March 5, 2003 at Tampa's Marriott Waterside. This annual conference has become the principal national forum for exploring research and evaluation findings related to the implementation of systems of care for children's mental health.

Graduating Peter: America Undercover Documentary
February 8, 2003 - February 20, 2003
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
"Graduating Peter" chronicles the high school journey of a student with Down syndrome. This film is a follow-up to the 1992 Academy-Award winning HBO special "Educating Peter". In 1991, Peter Gwazdauskas, a third grader with Down syndrome, became one of the first students with severe disabilities to attend classes at his southern Virginia elementary school. Aired on HBO.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition: Putting the Public Back Into Public Health
Conference
November 9, 2002 - November 13, 2002
Philadelphia, PA
This conference will offer a variety of sessions pertaining to health and disability. Scientific sessions will focus on community barriers, disability policy, health promotion and wellness, secondary conditions, disability classification, barriers to participation, and health and wellbeing for women with disabilities. Sessions will include updates on the NCPAD programs database, usage of fitness and recreation facilities, and a home physical activity program. Poster sessions will address barriers and facilitators to participation, health and disability, community-based solutions for promoting physical activity for people with disabilities, and perceptions of health and physical activity in adults with physical disabilities.

Web Design that Works for Everyone
Conference
October 18, 2002 - October 19, 2002
Providence, RI
This conference, held at the Rhode Island School of Design, brings together leaders in graphic design, Web accessibility, and industry. The first day session will be plenary sessions focused on dialogue, and the second day will be hands-on sessions learning practical tools for designing great web sites that work for all users. Special guest Eric Velleman, Director of the Accessibility Foundation in the Netherlands and author of Site Seeing, will describe his foundation's national campaign advising corporations on Web accessibility. Hosted by Adaptive Environments and the Rhode Island School of Design.

Protecting Your Child at Home and at School
October 15, 2002
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (EST)
The October broadcast of Education News Parents Can Use, a new series of satellite town meetings offered by the Department of Education, will explore a range of child safety issues that concern parents and school officials. Although recent highly publicized school shootings and abductions have alarmed parents around the country, the reality is that crimes against children in schools are decreasing and our nationís schools are among the safest places for children to be. To ease parentsí concerns, the program will offer tools and resources for families, schools and communities to help keep students safe.

Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice: A Conference for Teachers of Students with Learning Disabilities
Conference
September 27, 2002 - September 28, 2002
Pittsburgh, PA
This conference will provide in-depth instruction to teachers looking to implement new and proven methods in their classrooms. Participants sign up in advance for four, three-hour workshops. Topics will include: Early Identification and Prevention of Learning and Behavior Problems in Young Children, Teaching Students with Disabilities Mathematical Problem Solving, Conducting Interventions with Spanish Speaking Kindergartners, Assisting Older Struggling Readers to Decode Fluently and Accurately, and Improving Content Area Learning. The conference is sponsored by The Division for Learning Disabilities of the Council for Exceptional Children. Registration deadline: August 30, 2002.

Great Lakes Regional Special Education Mediation Institute
Conference
May 11, 2002
Milwaukee, WI
Features national leaders in special education mediation and includes such workshop topics as the role of attorneys and advocates in the mediation process, mediation session role-plays, shifting from an adversarial culture to one of collaboration in the mediation process, and strategies for special education classes. A valuable educational and professional development opportunity for mediators, attorneys, parents, advocates, teachers, students, and more. Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) and the Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System.

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