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October 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Center for State Scholars Awarded Grant
On September 3rd, Secretary Paige unveiled a new partnership among the business community and high schools, colleges, universities, nonprofit and other organizations to encourage students to take more rigorous courses in high school. A grant will be awarded to the Center for State Scholars to partner with the Business Roundtable and other business entities to select states to participate. Five states will be selected by October 15, 2002.


Teaching All Students Skills for Employment and Life (TASSEL)
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is working with Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in five different states that are serving as Transition Technical Assistance Centers (TTACs). The TTACs are designed to assist other school systems to improve and expand their own community's transition services. Each LEA is also implementing a comprehensive system of transition services based on a proven model called TASSEL (Teaching All Students Skills for Employment and Life). The TASSEL model will be shared with others through technical assistance efforts. The TTAC project is a three-year grant awarded to the University of North Carolina Charlotte by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Calls to Participate


Education News Parents Can Use
The Department of Education has announced its new series of satellite town meetings, Education News Parents Can Use. Broadcasts will be the third Tuesday of each month during the 2002-2003 school year. The programs will also be rebroadcast on the Discovery Networks TLC (The Learning Channel), the Channel One Network and some PBS stations. Downlink sites much register to receive free satellite coordinates. Technical assistance is available by calling (954) 838-0900 ext. 3.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Community Services  (2011)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores the factors that make it possible for young adults with disabilities to assume productive roles within their communities and to have a satisfying quality of life (e.g., a stable income, medical and personal care, reliable transportation, recreational options, etc.). Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.


Postsecondary Supports for Individuals with Disabilities: Latest Research  (May 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of teleconference call held May 21, 2002 presented by Robert A. Stodden, Ph.D., Director of the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; and Teresa Whelley, Ed.D., Coordinator of the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.


Ticket to Work and Transition: Making the Connection  (June 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of teleconference call held June 27, 2002 presented by professor Thomas P. Golden, from the Program on Employment and Disability at Cornell University; and Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, Director of the Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy.

Other National Resources


ASCD Advocacy Guide
The time for advocacy on behalf of students is now. And the voice needed is yours. You may already be involved in efforts to change policies, programs, and perceptions to benefit learners. Such involvement is crucial for educators today, for when we do not create effective channels of communication with legislators, the media, and community members, others define the policy agenda. This helpful toolkit offers tools including the basics for planning an advocacy campaign, tips for communicating with policymakers, and the nitty-gritty on communicating with the media.


By Request..., a Quarterly Series at NWREL
By Request... is a quarterly booklet series that briefly address current educational concerns and issues. Written for paraeducators, teachers, and principals, By Request... addresses current educational concerns and issues surrounding paraeducator employment and outlines suggestions to increase paraeducator effectiveness. Released by the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory.


Community Schools: A Handbook for State Policy Leaders
At a time when choice and testing dominate the education agenda, there is an increased need to apply some common sense and consider the critical role that community and family play in educating our children. In response to this need, The Coalition for Community Schools has released a primer to help guide state policymakers -- governors, state legislators, chief state school officers, and leaders of other state agencies—through the vision of community schools. It describes specific actions that leaders can take to "grow" community schools in their states. The handbook also is useful to local elected officials and local decision makers as well.


Expanding the Circle: Respecting the Past, Preparing for the Future  (September 2002)
The first and most extensive transition curriculum for American Indian youth in transition, it was developed as a result of extensive community collaboration and the experiences of developing summer and school year transition activities since 1996 for American Indian youth throughout the 11 Minnesota Ojibwe and Dakota sites. Activities are specifically designed for American Indian high school youth to support them in their transition from high school to postsecondary education. Although the materials developed herein are designed for high school American Indian youth, particularly those 14 and older, the activities may also be beneficial for middle school or those in their freshman year of college. Cost: $55.00 with the Onaakonan System (a portfolio development system). Additional $7.00 each. Available at the Institute on Community Integration at 612-624-4512 or


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Reauthorization: Where Do We Really Stand?  (July 2002) PDF document
The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released this new report on IDEA as of July 5, 2002. A copy of the report, which is 150 pages, can be found on the NCD Web site.


Kinship Care Fact Sheets
Fact Sheet
More than six million are living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. In many of these homes, there is no parent present due to substance, illness and death, incarceration, abuse and neglect and other family and community crises. Many of these kinship caregivers do not get the information and services they need for the children they are raising. To remedy this situation, Children's Defense Fund, AARP, Casey Family Programs, Child Welfare League of America, Generations United, and other child and aging advocacy and research organizations have prepared comprehensive state fact sheets. The sheets are available for all states and the District of Columbia. The sheets include state-specific data on kinship care data, programs, laws and services.


One Child at a Time: A Parent Handbook and Resource Directory for African American Families with Children Who Learn Differently
This new handbook contains information on how African American parents can better advocate for their children and raise the level of public awareness about learning disabilities. Released by the National Association for Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities, Columbus, OH. To receive a free copy of the handbook, contact NAEAACLD at 614/237-6021 or or download a free copy at their Web site.


Recovering from Depression: A Workbook for Teens, Revised Edition  (March 2002)
With suicide the third leading cause of death among young people aged 15 to 24, school administrators, guidance counselors, and psychologists must understand and know how to address adolescent depression. Recovering from depression is possible and this interactive workbook guides and supports both teens and the professionals who help them on the journey. Copies are available from Brookes Publishing. Cost: $22.95. Written by Mary Ellen Copeland, M.A., M.S., and Stuart Copans, M.D.


Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities  (July 2002)
This pamphlet contains information for high school students with disabilities who plan to continue their education in postsecondary schools.


Twenty-third Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
In its annual report to the US Congress on the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the US Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) examines the following four key areas: High school graduation rates among students with disabilities; Participation and performance of students with disabilities in state assessment systems; Challenges to providing secondary education and transition services for youth with disabilities; and Outcomes for students with problem behaviors in school: issues, predictors, and practices.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Including Service Learning and SSI Work Incentives in Transition Planning
Teleconference Call
October 16, 2002
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held October 16, 2002 to explore national and community service opportunities that provide a modest living allowance as well as an education award. Presenters shared about basic information and resources related to Student Earned Income Exclusion, the Plan for Achieving Self Sufficiency (PASS), documenting youth participation on their IEP, and information about the National Service Inclusion Project. Presenters included Ray Marzoli, Senior Analyst, Office of Employment Supports, Office of Employment Policy, Social Security Administration; Kris Schoeller, Training Coordinator, NCSET; Paula Sotnik, Project Director, National Service Inclusion Project; and Joani Werner, PASS Cadre, PASS. The transcript of this call is now available.

Other National Events


Protecting Your Child at Home and at School

October 15, 2002
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM   (EST)
The October broadcast of Education News Parents Can Use, a new series of satellite town meetings offered by the Department of Education, will explore a range of child safety issues that concern parents and school officials. Although recent highly publicized school shootings and abductions have alarmed parents around the country, the reality is that crimes against children in schools are decreasing and our nation’s schools are among the safest places for children to be. To ease parents’ concerns, the program will offer tools and resources for families, schools and communities to help keep students safe.

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition: Putting the Public Back Into Public Health
November 9, 2002 - November 13, 2002
Philadelphia, PA
This conference will offer a variety of sessions pertaining to health and disability. Scientific sessions will focus on community barriers, disability policy, health promotion and wellness, secondary conditions, disability classification, barriers to participation, and health and wellbeing for women with disabilities. Sessions will include updates on the NCPAD programs database, usage of fitness and recreation facilities, and a home physical activity program. Poster sessions will address barriers and facilitators to participation, health and disability, community-based solutions for promoting physical activity for people with disabilities, and perceptions of health and physical activity in adults with physical disabilities. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Community Youth Development Journal
CYD Journal promotes youth and adults working together in partnership to create just, safe, and healthy communities by building leadership and influencing public policy. CYD Journal is published quarterly by the Institute for Just Communities (IJC) and the Institute for Sustainable Development, Heller School of Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. CYD Journal is produced in collaboration with the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA) and The Forum for Youth Investment. CYD Journal is the leading publication for youth and community workers, educators, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and other practitioners committed to the development of young people and communities. Visit this Web site to view all past CYD issues, to subscribe, and more.


National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education (NCPIE)
NCPIE is a coalition of major education, community, public service, and advocacy organizations working to create meaningful family-school partnerships in every school in America. As a result of these partnerships students do better in school and in life, parents become empowered, teacher morale improves, schools get better, and communities grow stronger.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Federal Employment of People with Disabilities
A new Web site from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management provides a simple way to help employers better understand how to hire and retain persons with disabilities. The site provides access to information relevant to recruitment, employment and retention of individuals with disabilities in the federal government.



rtcUpdates Listserv from the RTC on Family Support and Children's Mental Health
Provided by the Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health. Subscribers to rtcUpdates receive occasional e-mail messages from the RTC containing information about the RTC's recent research, publications and other activities, as well as information about developments in the field of children's mental health.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Finding Funders Web Tool for Grantwriters
The Foundation Center's Web site contains tools for grantwriters to search for foundations, charities, and sectors by keyword, as well as community foundations by state, and more!

Federal Grant Opportunities


Business and International Education Program - CFDA#: 84.153A
Provides grants to institutions of higher education to enhance international business education programs and to expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. Announced: August 13, 2002. Deadline: November 4, 2002.


Disability Rehabilitation Research Program (DRRP) - CFDA#: 84.133A
Purpose is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities that help to maximize the full inclusion and integration of individuals with disabilities into society and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (the Act). Announced: September 13, 2002. Deadline: November 12, 2002.


Field Initiated Program and Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Project - CFDA#: 84.133G and 84.133P
Focused research attention on an area of national need. Announced: September 13, 2002. Deadline: November 12, 2002.


Impact Aid - CFDA#: 84.041C
Provides grants to eligible Impact Aid districts to assist them in addressing their school facilities emergency and modernization needs. The intended recipient Impact Aid school districts have a limited ability to raise revenues for capital improvements because they have high percentages of federally connected students or a large percentage of Federal land. As a result, these districts find it difficult to respond when their school facilities are in need of emergency improvements or modernization. Announced: August 29, 2002. Deadline: November 15, 2002.


The Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program - CFDA#: 84.129E, 84.129F, 84.129H, 84.129L, 84.129P, 84.129R and 84.129Q
Provides financial assistance for-- (1) Projects that provide basic or advanced training leading to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Assistant Secretary; (2) Projects that provide a specified series of courses or program of study leading to award of a certificate in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Assistant Secretary; and (3) Projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Announced: September 10, 2002. Deadline: October 25, 2002.


Upward Bound Program and Upward Bound Math and Science Program - CFDA#: 84.047A and 84.047M
Designed to generate in students the skills and motivation necessary for success in education beyond secondary school. The Upward Bound Math and Science Program is designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science. Announced: Sept 20, 2002. Deadline November 22, 2002.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Do Something Clubs
Do Something is a nonprofit organization that helps young people become involved in improving their communities. The organization provides information and other resources to help students start Do Something Clubs at their schools, work with other students to identify community issues, and create community projects to address those issues. All sixth- to twelfth-graders currently attending school in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Participants in the program receive materials to support their Do Something Clubs and become eligible for a $500 grant to help improve their communities. Do Something Clubs are school-based only. Community-based organizations that work within schools are also eligible to apply. Deadline: October 10, 2002


Global Educator Awards
Each year, Global TeachNet recognizes K-12 educators who exhibit a commitment to bringing global education into U.S. classrooms. Teachers can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Qualified applicants include Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) and non-RPCVs whose global education efforts in the classroom span at least one academic year. The nominees selected should demonstrate an outstanding job of leading our youth to a knowledge of and respect for the people, cultures and nations of the world and an understanding of their interdependence. Award winners receive a $500 monetary award and national recognition. Deadline: October 15, 2002.


Guardian Life Insurance Offers Scholarship Program for Young Female Entrepreneurs
The 2002/2003 Girls Going Places College Scholarship Program is a national competition designed to recognize and rewards teen-aged girls who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurship. Guardian designed the annual program to help women create, invest, and protect wealth by honoring girls between the ages of 12 and 16 who are taking the first steps toward financial independence. Guardian and Girls Going Places will award 15 girls a total of $30,000 to be used toward their college education. Three top scholarship prizes of $10,000, $5,000, and $3,000 and twelve finalist prizes of $1,000 each will be awarded. Deadline: February 28, 2003.


New Voice Fellowships to Support Nonprofits and Promising New Leaders Committed to Social Justice and Peace
New Voices, inaugurated in 1999, is a national program to help nonprofit organizations bring innovative new talent to their staffs. It awards salary-support grants to small nonprofits demonstrating a commitment to cultivating and strengthening the leadership potential of "new voices." The program is administered by the Academy for Educational Development with funding from the Ford Foundation. The two-year grants offer support for salary, fringe benefits, financial assistance, mentoring, and a professional development account for a promising new leader. The host nonprofit organizations also receive technical assistance from national experts and a computer to support the work of the fellow. A defining feature of the program is that the applying nonprofit and its prospective fellow prepare the application together as a team. Deadline: January 13, 2003.


Quality of Life Grants
The Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation has announced that it is accepting additional applications for the second round of its 2001 Quality of Life grants. Awarded twice a year, the grants provide funding to U.S. organizations that help improve opportunities, access, and the day-to-day quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and their families. Grants of $5,000 to $25,000 will be awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations; no awards will be made to individuals. Fields of interest include accessibility, advocacy, arts, assistive technology, children, counseling, education, employment, independent living, practical service, sports and recreation, and therapeutic riding. Deadline: April 1 and October 1 of each year.


Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence
The Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence seeks to honor urban places in the U.S. that embody excellence, and to celebrate their contribution to the richness and diversity of the urban experience. The Award for Urban Excellence is given to five winning projects in each biennial award cycle. One Gold Medal Winner receives $50,000; four Silver Medal Winners are awarded $10,000 each. The winning project may use prize money in any way that benefits the project. Deadline: December 16, 2002.


William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students Supports Nonprofit Experience
Through this scholarship program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. The student will learn about nonprofit organizations by reading and analyzing background articles and assisting in preparations for the Fund's annual conference. The annual conference brings together nonprofit leaders, researchers, and policy makers to discuss issues of importance to the nonprofit sector. The student will also undertake general research and program support for the Fund's grant making and outreach efforts. A scholarship grant of between $2,800 and $4,200 will be awarded, depending on the recipient's educational level financial need, and time commitment. Deadline: March 15, 2003.


Young AIDS Activists Invited to Apply for Lisa Lopes Scholarship
MTV's Fight for Your Rights: Protect Yourself program, in partnership with LIFEbeat (, is inviting young AIDS activists to compete for a $25,000 scholarship named to honor the memory of singer Lisa Lopes of the group TLC. The national competition is designed to award one $25,000 scholarship to an applicant who demonstrates a commitment to HIV/AIDS prevention, education, or activism; who demonstrates leadership potential; and who possesses a strong academic record. The competition is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of 16 and 24 who are currently high school seniors at a public or private high school, or who are full-time undergraduate students at an accredited two- or four-year college or university. Deadline: October 15, 2002.

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