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2014 Southwest Conference on Disability Call for Proposals
http://cdd.unm.edu/swconf/
The 2014 Southwest Conference on Disability will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 7-10, 2014, and the conference is soliciting proposals on the following themes of: “Disability, Diversity and Social Justice: Looking to the Future Through a Common Lens,” “Life After a Brain Injury: Pathways to Increasing Quality of Life,” and “Increasing the Quality of Life of Youth in Transition: Breaking Down Barriers.” The deadline for proposals is June 15th, 2014.

ArtsWork Summer Employment in Theater
http://compas.org/programs/youth/artswork
ArtsWork, St. Paul, MN, is accepting applications for 16 openings for summer employment in theater, half of which are reserved for youth with disabilities. Youth between the ages of 14-21 are invited to apply. No experience is necessary, but participants must apply and be accepted. Youth will learn about all aspects of theater including writing, directing, lights, sound, acting and costumes. The six-week program will run June 16,2014-July 26, 2014. Deadline for application: March 31, 2014.

George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Distance Education Certificate Program
http://tinyurl.com/o5jj6xj
George Washington University seeks applicants for the summer 2014 semester of its 12-credit on-line Transition Special Education Certificate Program. Students who have enrolled in this program will be given priority when being considered for admission to the Master’s program and all credits earned will be easily transferred. The program responds to the ongoing needs expressed by educators and rehabilitation personnel, research concerning youth with disabilities, and legislative requirements to provide transition services for all youth with disabilities. Deadline for applications: April 15, 2014. For further information about the certificate and the application process, contact Dr. Michael Ward, Program Coordinator, at mjward@gwu.edu. Available in pdf (200 KB, 1 p).

National Youth Violence Prevention Week, April 7-11, 2014
http://nationalsave.org/
The National Association of Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE) is a founding partner of the National Youth Violence Prevention Campaign. The campaign’s goal is to raise awareness and to educate students, teachers, school administrators, counselors, school resource officers, school staff, parents, and the public on effective ways to prevent or reduce youth Violence. This week-long national education initiative will involve activities that demonstrate the positive role young people can have in making their school and community safer. SAVE offers a campaign Action Kit that serves as a planning guide, with suggestions for how to support the campaign, activity ideas, links to co-sponsors, and articles and interviews on violence prevention.

PACER Legislative Alert – Supporting Youth With Disabilities
http://house.gov/representatives/find/
Congress is considering changes to the Workforce Investment Act and the federal Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program that assists youth and adults with disabilities to get the education and training they need to obtain and retain a job. While Congress is trying to strengthen the VR services that students with disabilities would receive as they transition out of high school, some possible changes would hurt families of youth with disabilities. PACER is asking families and others to call their representatives to make the following points critical to families and youth: (1) Oppose moving the Vocational Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology programs out of the Department of Education (the Senate version of this legislation seeks to move Vocational Rehabilitation to the Department of Labor and the Assistive Technology program to the Department of Health and Human Services, but separating these programs and moving them out of the Department of Education would disconnect them from a culture valuing parental involvement and the other programs that support students with disabilities, and such a move would damage the strong family connections and important services provided to youth and adults with disabilities by providing such services together in Department of Education); (2) Strengthen competitive employment awareness provisions (ensuring that young adults with disabilities transitioning from high school to employment are aware that jobs which pay the minimum wage and higher are available is an important aspect of providing individuals the opportunity to reach their potential, and the bill could be strengthened by ensuring that there are no exceptions to making sure young adults are made aware of the possibility of working in a competitive workplace, in addition to the non-competitive, often less than minimum wage, work possibilities). The phone numbers of Congressional Representatives can be found at the website.

Online Survey for Special Education Teachers
https://byu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3BElz4DEMALlPvf
A researcher in the Special Education Department at Brigham Young University seeks participants in a short survey of special education teachers/practitioners for a research study about their preferences for professional development and the professional development they have received.

Online Survey of Parents/Guardians of Children Ages 12 or Older
https://msucoe.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9XED9l2U9uwXZ2d
A researcher in the Special Education Department at Michigan State University seeks participants in a short survey of parents/guardians of children ages 12 or older for a research study about the social behavior of adolescents and adults with and without intellectual or developmental disabilities. The purpose of the study is to better understand the social behavior of people with and without disabilities, as perceived and reported by their parents/guardians.

AAIDD 138th Annual Meeting Call for Presentations
http://aaidd.org/education/annual-conference/2014-call-for-presentations#.Uoy6pIW894s
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) seeks proposals for presentations for the AAIDD 2014 meeting, June 23-26, 2014, in Orlando, FL. The meeting theme is “Embracing Complexity: Inclusion, Participation, and Citizenship,” and will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives in complex times. Deadline: December 6, 2013.

Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity Call for Proposals
http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/about
The Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai‘i seeks proposals for presentations for the 30th Annual Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, “Learn from Yesterday, Live for Today, Envision Tomorrow” which will be held May 19-20, 2014, in Waikiki, Hawai’i. Deadline for proposals: January 31, 2014.

George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Certificate Program
http://gsehd.gwu.edu/academics/programs/certificates/transition-special-education/overview
The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development is inviting candidates to apply for the Spring ’14 cohort for their 12-credit Transition Special Education Certificate Program. Students who have enrolled in this program will be given priority when being considered for admission to the Master’s program and all credits earned will be easily transferred. The certificate includes four on-line courses in secondary transition. For more information about the Master’s program or applying for a tuition award, email Bridget Green at greenb@gwu.edu or Dr. Michael Ward at mjward@gwu.edu. Deadline for applications to enroll in the Certificate Program for the summer semester: December 1, 2013.

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