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January 2004 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


ATA Announces New Interactive Information Service
The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA), a national network of assistive technology resource centers, vendors, community-based organizations, and individuals, announced the launch of "The Hub", a free interactive service that provides quick and efficient data on assistive technology products and services. The Hub is the ATA's method of providing a central exchange for people, both sellers and users of technology tools, to interact and exchange information.

Legislative Announcements


Paige Announces New No Child Left Behind Provision Giving Schools Increased Flexibility While Ensuring All Children Count, Including Those With Disabilities
Secretary of Education Paige announced a new provision of No Child Left Behind that will give local school districts greater flexibility in meeting the act's requirements for students with disabilities.


Paige Outlines No Child Left Behind Act's Provisions for English Language Learners
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige and Deputy Under Secretary of Education Maria Hernandez Ferrier kicked off the department's second annual summit on English language acquisition by unveiling a new initiative to help parents play a more active role in their child's education. "Ten Key Benefits for Parents of English Language Learners" is a summary of the No Child Left Behind Act's most important provisions that affect the nation's approximately five million English language learners. The department's goal is to provide a copy of the document to all parents so that they can fully understand and benefit from the No Child Left Behind Act.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Bullying and Teasing of Youth with Disabilities: Creating Positive School Environments for Effective Inclusion  (December 2003)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  2 ,  Issue  3
Bullying has been proven by numerous studies to be a serious problem nationwide. Harassment of youth with disabilities in particular has been steadily increasing. Whole school anti-bullying/anti-violence programs are necessary to address this problem effectively. This Issue Brief provides clear definitions of bullying, teasing, and disability harassment. It also outlines research about bullying and harassment, and describes two effective, comprehensive, whole-school, anti-bullying programs. Finally, the brief offers recommendations and resources for further action.

Other National Resources


All in One Stop? The Accessibility of Work Support Programs at One-Stop Centers  (September 2003) PDF document
This policy brief from the Center for Law and Social Policy examines practices at community one-stop centers designed to provide a central point for access to various education, training, and support services. Available in PDF (56 pages).


FairTest Analysis Findings: Schools That Do Not Use SAT I or ACT Scores for Admitting Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs As of October 7, 2003  (2003)
A new list published by the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest) demonstrates that scores from neither the ACT or the SAT are necessary for many applicants at more than 700 four-year U.S. colleges and universities. Some schools on the list do not require any applicants to submit test scores while others require them only from students whose high school records do not meet minimum grade point average or class rank levels.


Feeling Great Lifeskills Program  (2003)
This comprehensive 90-day program teaches children a natural and effective way to reduce stress and excel in their daily pursuits. Developed over 20 years by Dr. Nadeane McCaffrey, Ph.D. and other specialists in the field of Sports Psychology and Education, this program was designed from a deep commitment to meet the real needs of children living through very challenging times. Published by Empower Kids to Excel.


Literacy Resource Guide for Families and Educators  (2003)
The Literacy Resource Guide for Families and Educators, a publication of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, highlights current research-based literacy resources available through the U.S. Department of Education and its funded projects, with an eye toward appealing to parents, educators, and caregivers. The Guide lists whether the resources are available in print, online, CD-ROM, or videotape. The description of each item also includes information about cost, ordering, and the relevance for specific audiences.


Making Your Case  (2002)
Online Training
This self-study course is designed to help people with developmental disabilities and their families create positive change through advocacy. This course seeks to enhance an individual’s advocacy skills. Course created by the Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.


Math, Science, and Technology: Essential Skills for Career Success in the 21st Century  (December 2003)
This brief, produced by the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth, provides a quick and easy checklist for youth service practitioners to share with students as they explore careers of interest to them. The brief highlights the importance of math, science, and technology course work in preparing young adults for top growing careers.


Meeting the No Child Left Behind Act Goals for Highly Qualified Teachers: Estimates by State from Survey Data  (2003)
The Council of Chief State School Officers released a detailed analysis of state data on the qualifications of teachers in grades 7-12. The report reveals that states will likely be challenged in meeting the "highly-qualified" teacher provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. The 50-state results from the Schools and Staffing Surveys of 1994 and 2000 show the percentage of teachers in each state that are fully certified and have a major in their assigned teaching field. The analysis is intended to help state leaders, educators, and others obtain a picture of highly qualified teachers in their state and to be able to compare their state statistics with states across the nation.


Online Databases of Community-Based Transition Programs for Students Ages 18-21 and OSEP Funded Transition Grants from 1996 to Present  (2003)
Web Page
The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas has created two searchable databases. The 18-21 Programs: Community-Based Special Education Programs database contains descriptions of over 100 community-based transition programs throughout the U.S. The Transition Grants: OSEP-funded Projects Related to Secondary Special Education and Transition database contains information regarding transition-related projects administered by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs. From the Web page, select '18-21 Programs' or 'Transition Grants'.


Open Futures: Role Models and Journeys into the World of Work  (2003)
The Open Futures CD-ROM features Role Models who have a range of educational backgrounds, occupations, and disabilities. Each Role Model video interview includes answers to questions about career path, the rewards of work, and other career information. Open Futures is a program that offers role models for people with disabilities. Each month Open Futures will introduce you to three people with disabilities who believed in themselves and followed their dreams. Open Futures will also lead you to resources that will help you open up your future.


Outreach and People with Disabilities from Diverse Cultures: A Review of the Literature  (November 2003)
The objectives of the review, published by the National Council on Disability, were to articulate the principal themes of outreach, describe outreach models, illuminate the many challenges to effective outreach, and to document the nature and prevalence of national disability/diversity outreach by the federal government.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Creating Communities of Practice: Shared Visions for the Successful Transition of Students with Disabilities
Teleconference Call
January 8, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
The OSEP Exiting Community of Practice invites you to participate in a conference call with Ellen Romett and representatives of other Pennsylvania agencies who will discuss the evolution of the Pennsylvania Transition Communities of Practice and will be available to answer questions and provide suggestions.

Increasing Rates of School Completion: Moving from Policy and Research to Practice
Teleconference Call
January 27, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET national teleconference call held January 27, 2004. Presenters shared what the research tells us about effective interventions that keep students with and without disabilities in school. They described critical conceptual issues linked to school completion and summarized research-based interventions, as found with Check & Connect, a model designed to prevent dropout and engage students in school and learning. Presented by Dr. Camilla Lehr, Research Associate of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota; and Dr. Sandra Christenson, Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Transcript now available.

Other National Events


The 2nd Anniversary of No Child Left Behind

January 20, 2004
Satellite Teleconference
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (Eastern)
The U.S. Department of Education launched a new monthly television series entitled Education News Parents Can Use to help parents understand the new No Child Left Behind law and all the important changes it will bring. To view live Webcasts of Education News (you will need the free RealPlayer G2 software, which can be downloaded from the site), or archived Webcasts of past programs please visit Registration is required.

20th Annual Pacific Rim Conference on Disabilities: Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek
March 29, 2004 - March 30, 2004
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 to share resources for communities to fully accept and support persons with disabilities. This year's theme, "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek", reflects on the promises and goals made and the opportunities created for persons with disabilities. Sponsored by the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and others. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Disability Statistics: Online Resource for U.S. Disability Statistics
The Web site condenses several data sources into a single, user-friendly, accessible, Internet resource. It also provides essential background information on key issues related to disability statistics.


Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE)
Launched by Harvard's Family Research Project, FINE is a national network of over 2,000 people who are interested in promoting strong partnerships among educators, families, and communities. FINE believes that engaging families and communities in education is essential to achieve high-performing schools and successful students. FINE's Web site features monthly announcements of current ideas and new resources; research, evaluation, and training tools; program models and perspectives on family involvement; and a member insight and opinion section.


Family Village: A Global Community of Disability-Related Resources
This site is a global community that integrates information, resources, and communication opportunities on the Internet for persons with cognitive and other disabilities, for their families, and for those that provide them services and support.


Medicaid Benefits: Online Database
This online database provides access to information on Medicaid benefits in the 50 states, DC, and the U.S. territories about benefits covered by each state, for what populations the benefits are available, and the limitations, co-payments and payment rules that apply to the benefits. Published by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.


National High School Alliance
The National High School Alliance (HS Alliance) is a partnership of over forty organizations representing a diverse cross-section of perspectives and approaches. Its goal is to close the achievement gap, and promote civic and personal growth among all youth in our high schools and communities. One of the highlights of the site is its National Calendar of high school related events, as well as an online Learning Community where partners and others can access ongoing dialogue and current developments in improving America's high schools.


Partners in Policymaking
Partners in Policymaking was created in Minnesota by the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1987. Partners provides competency based leadership training programs for adults with disabilities and parents of young children with developmental disabilities. It also provides resources on various topics such as activism, education, and self-determination.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Charter Schools Program (CSP) – CFDA# 84.282A, 84.282B, and 84.282C
The purpose of the CSP is to increase national understanding of the charter school model and to expand the number of high-quality charter schools available to students across the Nation by providing financial assistance for the planning, program design, and initial implementation of charter schools and for evaluating the effects of charter schools, including the effects on students, student academic achievement, staff, and parents. Applications available: December 24, 2003. Application deadline: February 19, 2004.


Clay Aiken Awards
Twenty-five grants up to $1,000 each are available to encourage young people between the ages of 5 and 22 with developmental disabilities to plan and carry out service projects in the U.S. for National Youth Service Day 2004. Application deadline: February 9, 2004. (Second listing on the page).


Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education--Special Focus Competition – CFDA# 84.116N
The purpose of the program is to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. Applications available: September 30, 2003. Application deadline: April 16, 2004.


Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education--Special Focus Competition: European Community-United States of America Cooperation Program in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training – CFDA#84.116J
The purpose of the program is to provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. Applications available: December 30, 2003. Application deadline: April 16, 2004.


Small Business Innovation Research Program - Phase I - CFDA# 84.305S
The purpose of this program is to stimulate technological innovation, strengthen the role of small business in meeting Department of Education research or research and development needs, and increase the commercial application of innovations derived from Department-supported research or research and development. Applications available: December 22, 2003. Application deadline: February 19, 2004.


Teaching American History Grant Program – CFDA# 84.215X
Teaching American History grants support projects to raise student achievement by improving teachers' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of traditional American history. Grant awards assist local educational agencies (LEAs), in partnership with entities that have extensive content expertise, to develop, document, evaluate, and disseminate innovative, cohesive models of professional development. Applications available: December 23, 2003. Applications deadline: March 2, 2004.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Connecticut Youth Leadership Forum
Applications are now available for the sixth annual Connecticut Youth Leadership Forum (YLF), which will be held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from July 25 to July 29, 2004. The Youth Leadership Forum is a unique training program for high school sophomores and juniors who have disabilities, helps develop leadership potential and skills through an intense, four-day curriculum. Participants are chosen on the basis of their contribution to their schools and communities, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, and represent Connecticut in terms of geography, gender, ethnicity and disability type. Application deadline: January 16, 2004.


Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers
National Endowment for the Humanities offers teachers opportunities to study humanities topics in a variety of Summer Seminars and Institutes. Full-time teachers in American K-12 schools, whether public, private, or church-affiliated, are eligible to apply to seminars and institutes. Americans teaching abroad are also eligible if a majority of the students they teach are American citizens. Librarians and school administrators may also be eligible. Application deadline: March 1, 2004.


The Anne Ford Scholarship 2004
The National Center for Learning Disabilities, Inc. (NCLD) is seeking applicants for the Anne Ford Scholarship, which is available to students of high merit with an identified learning disability (LD) in public or private secondary schools and who is planning on completing an undergraduate degree. Application deadline: January 31, 2004.


The California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities
Approximately 60 high school students will be selected to attend this forum. The event, held July 25-29, 2004, will successfully integrate students who represent the disability and ethnic diversity of the state. The forum includes small group discussions with fellow students, large group presentations by successful community leaders, technology exhibits, a dance, a talent show, a formal luncheon with community leaders, and a meeting in the Governor's Office. Application deadline: February 13, 2004.

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