January 2005 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
Bush Outlines High School Reform Plan
On January 14, 2005, President Bush highlighted the need to do more to prepare high school students for the future. His proposals would ensure that every high school student graduates with the skills needed to succeed in college and in a globally competitive workforce. His Fiscal Year 2006 budget will provide $1.5 billion for a new High School Initiative to help states hold high schools accountable for teaching all students and provide effective and timely intervention for students who are not learning at grade level. The Initiative includes requirements for state assessments to ensure that diplomas are truly meaningful.
Calls to Participate
Call for Presenters and Posters for the Many Voices One Vision 2005 Summit
The Alliance for Full Participation, a coalition of 11 national disability organizations, is seeking presenters and/or posters for its Many Voices One Vision 2005 Summit to be held September 22-23, 2005, in Washington, DC. Summit attendees will establish national strategic, social, and policy goals to create an agenda that assures full community participation and necessary supports for people with developmental disabilities. Presenters, who should represent a diversity of perspectives, will present on a panel and/or submit a poster for the poster session on September 22. Application Deadline: March 1, 2005. Information and application form available in PDF (6 pp, 117 KB).
Participants Sought for Family Center on Technology and Disability Online Discussions
The Family Center on Technology and Disability invites your participation in an online discussion board forum on culture and diversity and their relationship to assistive technology and disability. The forum will be active until January 31, 2005. Experts Phil Parette and Tom Nurse will participate in the forum, answering questions and sharing experience and knowledge about family and cultural issues in assistive technology decision-making.
Request for Input on No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance
Ten Regional Advisory Committees (RACs) have been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to conduct outreach efforts and collect input on the technical assistance needed to implement the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act. RACs are soliciting input from a variety of stakeholders including governors, chief state school officers, state educational agency staff, school and district administrators, parents, teachers, representatives of higher education, business people, researchers, and regional education service providers via local outreach efforts.
Student Essayists Wanted for the Idea of America Essay Contest
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The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced its 2005 Idea of America Essay Contest open to high school juniors and 16 -17 year old home-schooled students. Student essayists are being asked to describe totalitarianism by comparing the goals, methods, and results of fascism and communism; address how the tenets of these totalitarian movements differed from the ideals that unite Americans; and explore how the ideals embodied in the American founding prevailed. The author of the winning essay will receive $5,000 in cash, and five national finalists will receive $1,000 each. Essay submission deadline: April 15, 2005.
The Resource Zone
Using Interagency Transition Teams to Achieve Successful Transition
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
This teleconference, held December 1, 2004, discussed the value of forming and using interagency transition teams at the state, district, and local school levels as a means of supporting youth with disabilities to achieve positive postschool outcomes. Dr. Robert Stodden of the Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai’i at Manoa shared how to form an interagency transition team and described typical team membership, characteristics of an effective team, and typical issues addressed by teams. The discussion also included plans for preparing and supporting state interagency transition teams for work at the NCSET National Leadership Summit, June 14-15, 2005.
Other National Resources
A Charge We Have to Keep: A Road Map to Personal and Economic Freedom for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the 21st Century
The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities recently submitted a special report to President Bush, outlining steps to bring policies for people with intellectual disabilities into the 21st century. The report makes recommendations in the areas of public awareness, performance management, education and transition from school to work and adult life, employment and asset development, family services and supports, and assistive technology and information. Available in PDF (12 pages, 1.6 MB) or HTML.
Customized Employment Q&A: Supporting Community Employment
This fact sheet from the Training and Technical Assistance for Providers project of Virginia Commonwealth University and the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts-Boston helps family members and support providers empower people with disabilities to be more actively involved in their employment decisions. It focuses on community employment options and how to choose a career path appropriate to the individual’s desires and abilities. Available in HTML, Word, and PDF (4 pp, 41 KB).
Edweek.org, an online source of K-12 education resources and home to Education Week and Teacher Magazine, has recently been updated. A free registration process is required to access the site to view in-depth news coverage from education’s newspaper of record (Education Week); search and retrieve articles from archives dating back to 1981; use research tools providing access to education data and state info; browse a daily digest of education news from across the Web; and access Web-based forums to discuss topics in education.
Guidelines for Interviewing People with Disabilities
People with disabilities have unique perspectives that may be missed by professionals. “Guidelines for Interviewing People with Disabilities: Supports Intensity Scale,” published by the American Association on Mental Retardation, helps professionals understand how to best conduct interviews with people with disabilities and self-advocates. Even though this document is meant to support interviewers using the Supports Intensity Scale, it includes valuable information for anyone who interviews people with disabilities. Available in PDF (15 pages, 140 KB).
Improved Timeliness and Better Use of Enforcement Actions Could Strengthen Education’s Monitoring System
The U.S. Government Accountability Office reports its findings on how the U.S. Department of Education monitors state compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the extent and nature of noncompliance found, and how the Department of Education has ensured that noncompliance is resolved once identified. Available in an accessible text version at http://www.gao.gov/atext/d04879.txt or in PDF (686 KB, 42 pages).
Preparing for an International Career: Pathways for People with Disabilities
Mobility International USA (MIUSA), an organization that empowers people with disabilities around the world through international exchange and international development, and the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, managed by MIUSA, released this resource to encourage young adults with international interests to explore careers in the international affairs, exchange, and development fields. This document offers information on different types of international occupations, job prospects, tips to prepare for an international career, insights from role models and emerging leaders with disabilities in these fields, and international exchange and fellowship. Available in PDF (2.6 MB, 81 pages).
Software Accessibility, Usability Testing, and Individuals with Disabilities
This paper, published by the Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) project at the University of Washington in partnership with the Technical Communications department at the University of Washington and Microsoft, reports on a collaborative project between a university and technology corporation that explored computer software usability and accessibility with older adults and individuals who have disabilities. The report also presents methods and findings from usability/accessibility studies involving individuals with visual impairments, people with mobility impairments, and older adults.
The Foundations of Inclusive Education: A Compendium of Articles on Effective Strategies to Achieve Inclusive Education
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TASH has produced this second edition of a book presenting the latest research on inclusion. It covers the conceptual underpinnings of inclusion, details strategies that have proven effective across the country, and addresses both why and how to achieve true inclusion in today’s classrooms. Available for purchase.
Other National Events
ASCD 60th Annual Conference: Voices of Education: Unleashing the Power, Passion, and Promise
April 2, 2005 - April 4, 2005
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development announces its 60th annual conference: “Voices of Education: Unleashing the Power, Passion, and Promise.” The conference will explore current ideas in education, examine new developments in content area and grade level, and stretch professional development learning into new areas.
Making Sense: Autism and Sensory Processing
April 15, 2005
Sponsored by The Kid Foundation, this conference will feature Morton Ann Gernsbacher, psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as the keynote speaker. She will discuss her research on the cognitive processes and mechanisms that underlie language comprehension. Breakout session topics will include: medical issues in autism, the auditory-vestibular link to communications using the dynamic listening systems, classroom behavior problems, the relation of sensory processing to anxiety and coping, sleep problems in autism, using sensory-based interventions for social interactions, balancing curriculum and individual student needs, and more. Registration deadline: March 31, 2005.
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ADDvance: Answers to Your Questions About ADD (ADHD)
Internationally recognized authorities on ADD (ADHD) Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D. and Patricia Quinn, M.D. have completely redesigned this Web site to provide answers to questions about ADD (ADHD) to families and individuals at every stage of life.
Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement
Connecting to Success a project of the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota, is an electronic mentoring program designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults. This Web site provides information about the program, e-mentoring, participant benefits, a training manual, related research and links, and information on becoming an affiliate.
Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services developed the Health, Mental Health, and Safety Guidelines for Schools to assist those who influence the health and safety of students and school staff. The guidelines recognize that while the primary mission of schools is to educate students, schools are also responsible for students’ health and safety while they are at school. The guidelines were developed with input from more than 300 professionals representing more than 30 national organizations.
National Association of State Directors of Special Education
The National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE) is dedicated to improving educational services and outcomes while ensuring a balance of procedural guarantees for our children and youth with disabilities and their families. This Web site provides information on NASDSE projects, publications, events, government relations, resource links, and state-by-state directory.
Special Education Resources on the Internet
Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a clearinghouse of Web resources of interest to those involved in fields related to special education, including general disability, specific disabilities, law, transition, technology, inclusion, medicine and health, gifted and talented, parenting, and education.
Students as Allies In Improving Their Schools Project
The Web site of the Students as Allies In Improving Their Schools Project, an initiative of MetLife Foundation’s What Kids Can Do (WKCD) project, includes reports, tools, and additional resources and links. In Chicago, Houston, Oakland, Philadelphia, and St. Louis, WKCD has collaborated with teams of students and teachers to help students conduct survey research about their own schools, then supporting dialogue and constructive action around the research results, while nurturing youth leadership all along the way.
Youth at Work: Real World, Real Rights!
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Youth At Work is a Web site for youth in the workforce, sponsored by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC’s goal is to eliminate illegal discrimination from the workplace for all workers. This Web site is designed to teach youth about their rights and responsibilities as an employee.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
The Emerging Leaders Internship Program
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Emerging Leaders, a program that partners with businesses and nonprofit organizations to offer meaningful internship and leadership development opportunities to students with disabilities, announces its Internship Program for self-identified persons with a qualified disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act who would benefit from a meaningful summer internship with a leading business. Emerging Leaders interns also have the opportunity to attend the annual Leadership Development Conference sponsored and hosted by Booz Allen Hamilton, which expose them to senior leadership in the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. Application deadline: February 15, 2005.
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