National Center on Secondary Education and Transition Skip navigation links and search engine to go to main content.

Site Index | Site Tour

    or   Search Tips

NCSET: Creating opportunities for youth with disabilities to achieve successful futures.

State Contacts
Web Sites

E-mail a link to this page to someone you knowE-News

January 2003 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center to Create Exercise Technologies for People with Disabilities
The University of Illinois at Chicago was awarded $4.5 million to create exercise technology for people with disabilities. The five-year grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research will fund a coordinated set of 11 research, development, and training projects to complete a needs assessment and collect data on available technology, develop virtual exercise environments, create fitness equipment that adapts to individual users, and use tele-exercise to promote exercise activity for people living in rural areas or who cannot easily leave home. The grant will also establish a partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine to train professionals and students in exercise physiology in the area of physical activity and disability.

Legislative Announcements


U.S. Department of Education Issues Final Regulations for No Child Left Behind Act
On November 26, 2002, U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige released final regulations for the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The draft regulations were published in the Federal Register on August 6, 2002, followed by a 30-day public comment period. The new law authorizes the Title I Program, a $10.4 billion federal education program that aims to close the achievement gap between disadvantaged children and their peers by supporting schools, in providing extra help to more than 14 million disadvantaged children.


White House Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth
The White House has established a Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth to produce a comprehensive report on the problems of youth failure, with a focus on enhanced agency accountability and effectiveness. For the full memorandum:

Calls to Participate


Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2003: January 31 is National
Job Shadowing is an academically motivating activity that gives young people an up-close look at the world of work. January 31, 2003 is this year's nationwide "kick-off," continuing throughout the school year, when students across America "shadow" workplace mentors on a normal day on the job and see firsthand how skills learned in school relate to the workplace. Web site provides information and resources to conduct job shadowing in your community. The Web site includes free materials, online training, contacts throughout the country, and the latest news about this year's effort.


Nominations Invited for National Family Volunteer Award
Family Matters, a national program of the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network works to promote family volunteering across America. The National Family Volunteer Awards are presented by Family Matters to recognize outstanding family volunteering activities performed at any time over the past year. These volunteer efforts may include, but are not limited to, National Family Volunteer Day activities. Deadline: March 3, 2003.


Presentation Proposals Requested: 2nd National Summit on the Shared Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Presentation Proposals are being requested for the 2nd National Summit On the Shared Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, June 19 - 21, 2003 Arlington, Virginia. RFP's are due no later than January 10, 2003. Contact: Stephanie Wood-Garnett by phone at 703-245-0615.


The Transition Coalition
The Transition Coalition provides online training for various groups involved in transition. "Models of Success" is a project to gather new, exciting, or unique things that have helped young adults with disabilities experience a successful transition. They use the stories to train professionals in transition and secondary special education. Awards will be provided to those whose submissions area selected.


What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Seeks Input from Education Community
WWC is currently identifying education topic areas, interventions, and general approaches it will review, both this year and in the future and is seeking input from the education community. Selection and prioritization will be based on educational significance. WWC is a project of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, established to provide educators, policymakers, and the public with a central, independent, and trusted source of scientific evidence of what works in education.

^ Top of Page ^

The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Bridging the Digital Divide in Post-Secondary Education: Technology Access for Youth with Disabilities  (December 2002)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  2
This brief was designed for secondary and postsecondary educators and administrators, employers, individuals with disabilities, and parents. It outlines the challenges youth with disabilities face in gaining access to technology, and provides specific recommendations for achieving greater technology access. Computer access has the potential to help people with disabilities complete coursework independently, participate in class discussions, communicate with peers and mentors, access distance learning courses, participate in high tech careers, and lead self-determined lives.


Challenges in Coordinating and Managing Services and Supports in Secondary and Postsecondary Options  (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  6
Current practices and policies, including differences between youth and adult service delivery systems and the lack of interagency collaboration, complicate service coordination for youth with disabilities. This brief, written for secondary and postsecondary educational administrators, state policymakers, rehabilitation counselors, and researchers, identifies the barriers to successfully managing supports for individuals with disabilities, and provides recommendations for overcoming these barriers. It seeks to answer the question, “How can service coordination become more flexible, youth-centered, and culturally responsive?”


Connecting Employers, Schools, and Youth Through Intermediaries  (December 2002)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  3
This brief, written for secondary educators, employers, and disability service providers, addresses the primary issues in promoting the participation of employers in work-based learning experiences for youth with disabilities. In addition, it outlines strategies for how employers can more effectively engage youth with disabilities by working with intermediary organizations.


Generation D/The Next Generation of Independent Living Leadership  (April 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
This teleconference call was jointly sponsored by NCSET and the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL). The teleconference featured two examples of how youth with disabilities are beginning to play a leadership role in Centers for Independent Living and in their communities across the states: YIELD the Power Project, and the Leadership in Transition Curriculum.


Improving Word Identification Skills Using Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Strategies  (December 2002)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  4
This brief, written for general education teachers, special education teachers, and school administrators, focuses on the Word Identification Strategy component of the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM), (Deshler & Schumaker, 1988), and reviews recent research showing the effectiveness of this strategy for teaching word decoding to secondary students with disabilities. The brief includes examples of how the strategy works, plus additional resources.


Tapping Employment Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities by Engaging Effectively with Employers  (December 2002)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  3
This brief addresses studies that explore employer perspectives on managing supports and accommodations for youth with disabilities, and the implications of these studies for transition practice and employment services for youth with disabilities. Examining employer perceptions of hiring and accommodating individuals with disabilities is an important consideration in making work-based learning opportunities available to youth with disabilities. Further resources are included.


Technology and Transition: Empowering Students with Disabilities as They Transition to College and Careers  (April 2003)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
This Capacity Building Institute was held in collaboration with the DO-IT Program at the University of Washington and in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Council for Exceptional Children. Participants had the opportunity to increase their understanding of the issues surrounding the application of technology for individuals with disabilities; network with national leaders in the area of technology; contribute directly to the development of policy recommendations; and build skills and acquire new knowledge.


What is Quality Education? Perspectives from Two Students and a Parent  (December 2002)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  5
The brief presents views on quality education from two individuals with disabilities and a parent of a youth with a disability. The authors offer rich and diverse views on how educational systems can best serve youth with disabilities.

Other National Resources


Disability at the Dawn of the 21st Century and The State of the States, 7th Edition  (June 2002)
New edition of "The State of the States" tracks financial commitment of each of the U.S. to citizens with disabilities. The new 7th edition gives you the whole picture on disability financing, complete with state-by-state profiles of trends in revenue, money spent, persons served, and individuals and families supported from 1982-2000. The spotlight on comparative state performance also encourages policy makers, administrators, and service providers to emulate leading states. Published by the American Association for Mental Retardation. To order, call 301-604-1340, e-mail, or visit their Web page.


Down Syndrome Nutrition Handbook: A Guide to Promoting Healthy Lifestyles  (November 2002)
Joan E. Guthrie Medlen, R.D., L.D., a registered and licensed dietitian who focuses on health promotion for people with disabilities, has written this book to assist parents of children with Down syndrome in helping their children improve nutrition and manage weight. With this handbook, parents, dietitians, and therapists will understand the connection between Down syndrome, nutrition, and health promotion, and be in a better position to guide children toward a healthier future. Published by Woodbine House.


Educating Latinos: An NPR Special Report  (November 2002)
Latino students now make up the largest minority group in the school-age population in the country. Yet they lag behind their white and Asian peers on most measures of achievement: test scores, college completion, and dropout rates. There is a broad consensus in research and policy circles that the public schools are not doing a good job of meeting the needs of these students, and that a vast pool of human capital is at risk of being squandered. National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" is featuring a five-part series on the challenges facing Latino students, assimilation, gender equality, bilingual education, and finding Spanish-speaking teachers. Published by National Public Radio.


Going to School  (2001)
This documentary on inclusion and IDEA is highly recommended for students with disabilities and their families, educators, policy makers, IEP teams, resource centers, service providers, and for viewing by the entire community. GOING TO SCHOOL ~ IR A LA ESCUELA (2001, available in English (cc) or Spanish language versions) is a stirring documentary about inclusion and special education services, revealing the determination of parents to make sure their children receive a quality education. The film gives insight into the purpose of the IDEA and challenges our understanding of what we think diversity means. Published by Richard Cohen Films.


State Special Education Forms  (September 2002) PDF document
This issue of Quick-Turn-Around, a Project FORUM publication, focuses on the issue of state documentation of special education procedures and the burden of paperwork. This report is a brief analysis of the paperwork procedures of all 50 states. The findings from this analysis report that the majority of the states do not mandate the use of state-developed forms. This report concludes that there is a recognized need within states to standardize the special education forms and procedures. It is intended to serve as a means of initial discussion of standardization and problem solving among states. Published in September of 2002 by Project FORUM. Available for sale.

^ Top of Page ^

What's Happening

NCSET Events


Professional Employment for Individuals with Disabilities: Issues of Preparation and Transition
Capacity Building Institute
February 12, 2003 - February 13, 2003
Honolulu, HI
This Capacity Building Institute is being held in collaboration with the Annual PAC Rim Conference. Participants will have the opportunity to increase their understanding of the issues surrounding preparation for and professional employment of individuals with disabilities; network with national leaders in the area of employment; contribute directly on the development of policy recommendations; build skills and acquire new knowledge.

Other National Events


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.

Western Symposium on Rehabilitation and Deafness
April 9, 2003 - April 11, 2003
Seattle, WA
Sponsored by the Western Region Outreach Center and Consortia at Western Oregon University, this conference includes break-out sessions developed around four broad areas that continue to pose challenges for education and rehabilitation professionals: traditionally underserved special populations, technology, postsecondary environments, and transition into the workplace.

15th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute
June 3, 2003 - June 6, 2003
Mystic, CT
The objective of this Training Institute, sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability at the University of Conneticut, is to assist concerned professionals to meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Participants can select from a variety of Strands and Single Sessions taught by experts in the field that provide participants with in-depth information and adequate time for questions and follow-up activities. Participants also have opportunities to share information and network with each other at various activities throughout the week. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


High Schools That Work (HSTW)
HSTW is the largest and oldest of the Southern Regional Education Board's seven school-improvement initiatives for high school and middle grades leaders and teachers. More than 1,100 HSTW sites in 27 states are using the HSTW framework of goals and key practices to raise student achievement. All of these initiatives are joined in their goal to prepare students for careers and further education by improving curriculum and instruction in high schools and middle grades.


National Education Association
The nation's leading organization committed to advancing the cause of public education's Web site contains information for parents and educators. NEA is a volunteer-based organization supported by a network of staff at the local, state, and national level.


National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN)
NYLN is dedicated to advancing the next generation of disability leaders by promoting leadership development, education, employment, independent living, and health and wellness among youth leaders with disabilities in all aspects of society at national, state, and local levels.


Olmstead Resources
The Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) assists in the implementation of the Olmstead decision through training, technical assistance, and the provision of working with advocates in their states on developing plans for delivering services to people with disabilities. The Web site was developed through the support of ILRU and the Rehabilitation Services Administration, U.S. Department of Education.


Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet): Advancing educational opportunities for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
PEPNet, the Postsecondary Education Programs Network, is the national collaboration of the four Regional Postsecondary Education Centers for individuals who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Centers are supported by contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. This consortium of educational programs strives to provide effective outreach and technical assistance for postsecondary institutions providing training, access, and accommodations to deaf and hard of hearing individuals.


Quality Mall: Person-Centered Services Supporting People with Developmental Disabilities
Quality Mall is an international Web site with free information about the best person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities. Features include Web sites for major disability organizations, person-centered planning styles and formats, and high quality resources.


Training Resource Network, Inc.
TRN announces a new and friendlier way to find and purchase resources on community inclusion for people with disabilities. This Web site offers products needed for staff training, family training, or support resources for people with disabilities.



Public Agenda Alert: The Inside Source for Public Opinion and Policy Analysis
Public Agenda is a nonpartisan, nonprofit public opinion research and citizen education organization based in New York City. The two-fold mission of Public Agenda is to help leaders better understand the public's point of view on major policy issues and to help citizens better understand critical policy issues so they can make their own more informed and thoughtful decisions. By signing up to their E-mail Alert, you'll receive weekly e-mail updates regarding the latest in public opinion and public policy research, what's new on the site, newest trends from their In the Headlines section, and more.

^ Top of Page ^

Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Scholarships for Hispanics
This Web site will make more than 1,000 sources of financial aid more easily accessible to Hispanic students around the country and world. The site includes application guidelines, an alumni section, and, most importantly, a database of scholarships fully searchable by a variety of categories, including state, college, and field of interest.

Federal Grant Opportunities


Institute of Education Sciences FY 2003 Grant Competitions
The Institute of Education Sciences announces seven FY 2003 competitions for grants to support educational research. The intent of these grants is to provide national leadership in expanding fundamental knowledge and understanding of education from early childhood education through postsecondary study. 84.305J, Preschool Curriculum Evaluation Research; 84.305W, Interagency Education Research; 84.305H, Cognition and Student Learning Research; 84.305G, Reading Comprehension Research; 84.305M, Teacher Quality Research; 84.305K, Effective Mathematics Education Research; and 84.305L, Social and Character Development Research.


OSERS FY 2003-2003 Grant Competitions
Multiple OSERS grant competitions have been announced: 84.324R,Outreach Projects for Children with Disabilities; 84.325E, Preparation of Personnel in Minority Institutions; 84.324M, Model Demonstration Projects for Children with Disabilities; 84.324B, Student-Initiated Research Projects; 84.325H, Improving the Preparation Personnel to Serve Children with High-Incidence Disabilities; 84.324C, Field-Initiated Research Projects; 84.324N, Initial Career Awards; 84.325A, Preparation of Special Education, Related Services, and Early Intervention Personnel to Serve Infants, Toddlers, and Children with Low-Incidence Disabilities; 84.325D, Preparation of Leadership Personnel; 84.327A, Steppingstones of Technology Innovation for Students with Disabilities; 84.328C, Community Parent Resource Centers. Grant deadlines range from February 7 to March 28, 2003.


Reading First - CFDA#: 84.357
Reading First is a formula grant program that provides assistance to State and local educational agencies to establish scientifically based reading programs in kindergarten through third grade classrooms, to ensure that all children learn to read well by the end of third grade. Sponsored by the Office of Reading First. Deadline: July 1, 2003 (May 29, 2002 in order to receive funds on July 1, 2002).

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


EDS Technology Grants
The EDS Technology Grant awards $1,500 each year to teachers worldwide through a competitive application process. The 2003 EDS Technology Grant challenges teachers to explore technology-related products and services and creatively apply these tools and resources in the classroom to enrich students' learning. Applications may be obtained directly from the EDS grant sponsor in your area and must be postmarked by January 17, 2003. Winners will be selected by April 2003.


Emerging Leaders Summer Internships
Booz Allen Hamilton invites students with disabilities to apply for their Emerging Leaders Class of 2003 internships. This program combines paid summer internships with leadership development activities. Applications are due by February 1, 2003.


Informal Science Education (ISE)
The National Science Foundation has a competition for innovative instructional materials and student assessments, as well as new models for the delivery of teacher professional development contributions to Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) that enable all students to achieve their full potential. ESIE's informal learning opportunities via media, exhibit, and community-based programs increase scientific and technological literacy, as well as develop life-long learning skills that benefit students of all ages. Preliminary proposal due dates: March 03, 2003 and August 15, 2003.


Shaklee Teacher Award 2003
The Shaklee Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving professional practices in the education of children with disabilities by recognizing exemplary practices and promoting the development, dissemination, and utilization of those practices. The Shaklee Teacher Award is designed to recognize up to ten of America's most outstanding teachers of children with disabilities. Selection of these teachers will be based on specific student outcomes and related contributions they have made in their roles as teachers of children with disabilities. Deadline: February 3, 2003.


Talbot Women's Scholarship Fund
Talbot Charitable Foundation offers scholarships to women to continue their education. Awards are primarily based on financial need and previous achievements. Applications are available in all Talbot stores and must be postmarked no later than March 3. Deadline for applications is March 3, 2003.

^ Top of Page ^

End of Issue

Excerpting E-News
You are welcome to copy and paste portions of this E-News issue into your own e-mail newsletter; however, please credit the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition E-News and link to as follows: “Excerpted from NCSET E-News, an electronic newsletter of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET), available online at NCSET is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.”

Contributing to E-News
If you have information on new products, resources, funding opportunities, and conferences or training events and want to contribute these to a future E-News issue, please e-mail the information to or see Suggest an Item for E-News for more information.

Purpose of the Listserv
E-News features resources, activities, products, and funding information from around the country. E-News is dedicated to assisting youth, parents, educators, service providers, and administrators to stay connected and informed about secondary education and transition issues.

To Subscribe or Unsubscribe
To subscribe go to To unsubscribe (or remove yourself) from this list, please go to

E-News Disclaimer
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition disseminates E-News to enhance public access to information about secondary education and transition activities. Our intention is to provide resources that are current and accurate. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of this information, we can make no guarantees. We will, of course, make every effort to correct errors brought to our attention.

E-News was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, (Cooperative Agreement No. H326J000005). However, the opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the U. S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, or any of the six partners of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition, and no official endorsement should be inferred.

Note: There are no copyright restrictions on this document. However, please credit the source and support of federal funds when copying all or part of this material.

^ Top of Page ^

Publications  |  Topics  |  E-News  |  Events  | State Contacts

Web Sites  |  About NCSET  |  Home  |  Search

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455

© 2001-2017 Regents of the University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Online Privacy Policy

This page was last updated on November 29, 2017.