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January 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities
The Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant from the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education, to establish the National Technical Assistance Center for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities. The Center will focus on increasing employment outcomes by expanding and improving provisions for rehabilitation and other services for persons with disabilities of Asian American and Pacific Islander culture. For more information, e-mail Principal Investigator Dr. Robert A. Stodden at stodden@hawaii.eduor Center Director Weol Soon Kim-Rupnow at


Project Examines Effect of September 11 on People with Disabilities
The Institute on Community Integration's Research and Training Center on Community Living has been awarded a one-year, $100,000 contract by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities to explore the effects of the terrorist attacks of September 11 on people with developmental disabilities who live and work in New York City. The project will produce a 26-minute video documentary and a companion print report. Together, these two products will describe the experiences of persons with developmental disabilities following the attacks and the responses of other individuals and public and private groups to their needs. The project is being carried out in collaboration with the Self-Advocacy Association of New York and its Manhattan group, local service providers, and public agencies.

Legislative Announcements


Bush Nominates New Assistant Secretary of Labor for Office of Disability Employment Policy
On December 7, 2001, President Bush announced his intention to nominate W. Roy Grizzard to be Assistant Secretary of Labor for the new Office of Disability Employment Policy (this is the office that subsumed the programs and staff of the former President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities). Dr. Grizzard is currently Commissioner of the State of Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired. White House press release online.


Three More Members Appointed to Presidential Commission
President Bush has announced that he intends to nominate three additional members of the White House Commission on Excellence in Special Education. They are Stephen Hammerman of New York (an industrialist with expertise in job training programs); Floyd Flake (former Congressman and head of Edison Schools); and Bill Berdine from Kentucky (chairman of the Special Education Department at the University of Kentucky and the president of HECSE).

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Accessing the General Curriculum: Including Students with Disabilities in Standards-Based Reform  (November 2001)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Presented by Margaret J. McLaughlin, Ph.D., Institute for the Study of Exceptional Children, University of Maryland and Victor Nolet, Ph.D., Woodring Applied Research and Development Center, Western Washington University.


Preparation of Youth with Disabilities for Participation in Postsecondary Education and Lifelong Learning
Proceedings of the three-day institute sponsored jointly by the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education Supports, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Includes summaries of speaker presentations and discussion groups, as well as commentary from consumers/professionals in the field. Available in PDF.


Preparing Youth with Disabilities for Successful Participation in Postsecondary Education and Employment  (July 2001)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
Proceedings of the Capacity Building Institute held in Portland, Oregon, in July, 2001, sponsored jointly by the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Education Supports, University of Hawaii, Manoa, and the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition. Includes annotated papers, discussion output, and more.

Other National Resources


Echoes in the Hallway (A Rural Trust Video)  (2001)
This video raises many troubling topics teens face-–abuse, discrimination, suicide, pregnancy, school violence-–while trying to make sense of a standardized system of schooling. Recommended as a powerful conversation starter for education and youth advocacy groups, faculty, administrators, students, and policymakers. Based on a play by Joseph P. Hiney and produced by Rural School and Community Trust. Cost: $20.


Including Youth with Disabilities in Educational Reform: Lessons Learned from School-to-Work States  (2001)
Lessons learned about the success of inclusive school-to-work efforts in several states. Provides useful strategies and lessons for other states engaged in educational reform efforts. Produced by the Transition Research Institute and the National Transition Alliance.


Information Technology in Education: Distance Learning Program Transcript  (December 2001)
Transcript of teleconference call as part of the ADA Distance Learning Series hosted by the regional Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, offered monthly as an educational opportunity to update participants on the Americans with Disabilities Act and surrounding issues. Presented by Debbie Cook, the technical assistance coordinator for AccessIT.

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Web Sites


Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice (CECP)
Their mission: "Improving services for children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems; helping communities create schools that promote emotional well-being, effective instruction, and safe learning; and supporting effective collaboration at a local, state, and national level." The CECP Web site contains information in specific issue areas, including cultural competence, juvenile justice, school violence prevention and intervention, and more.


Disability Resources Monthly (DRM) Guide to Disability Resources on the Internet
An online clearinghouse of information about books, pamphlets, magazines, newsletters, videos, databases, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, telephone hotlines, and online services that provide free, inexpensive or hard-to-find information to help people with disabilities live independently. Updated weekly, with featured topics, Web sites, and states' innovative programs and projects.


recruitABILITY: Bridging the Disability Divide (at DisABLED
Provides information and helpful tips for recruiting employees with disabilities. Includes a segment on dismantling attitudinal barriers that can effectively block or hinder your best efforts. Be sure that your part of your recruiting strategy is to educate and inform your non-disabled workforce!


Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation
The STARBRIGHT Foundation is dedicated to the creation of projects that empower seriously ill children and teens to address the challenges that accompany prolonged illness--and give them back their childhoods. STARBRIGHT develops products (CD-ROMs, videos) with information about different medical conditions and procedures in terms a child or teen can understand. Most products are free to children with serious illnesses, their families, and healthcare professionals who live in the U.S. and Canada (for others, donations requested).



READPRO: The Reading Professional's E-Mailing List
This online discussion forum is devoted to thoughtful analysis of issues facing reading professionals of all types, whether they be reading specialists, K-12 classroom teachers, college professors, librarians, or researchers. Offered by the Language Education department of the Indiana University School of Education.

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