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Alternative Schools and Students With Disabilities: Identifying and Understanding the Issues  (October 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  6
This brief outlines the responses of state directors of special education to a telephone survey about major issues regarding students with disabilities and alternative schools in their states. Resources for further information are also provided.


In Their Own Words: Employer Perspectives on Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace  (September 2004)
NCSET Essential Tool
It is essential for educators, transition specialists, workforce development professionals, family members, and youth to understand employers’ needs, circumstances, and perspectives as they establish work-based learning experiences. This publication, the latest in our “Essential Tools” series, features the experiences of employers in their own words. Eleven employers from various fields write about how they became involved in providing work experiences for youth with disabilities, what made it work, and what they recommend to individuals and organizations representing youth.


Pathways to the Diploma  (September 2004)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
New Mexico defines a pathway as a planned program of study (course, Individualized Education Program [IEP] goals, objectives, and benchmarks) designed to address the needs of individual students. Students receiving special education services are able to earn their high school diploma option by following one of three pathways: Standard, Career Readiness, and Ability Pathways. Successful completion of the selected pathway earns the student a high school diploma and the right to participate equally in all graduation activities. During this teleconference, Sue Gronewold, Educational Administrator with the Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department, explained each of these three pathways and their implications for students with disabilities.


Social Security and Undergraduates with Disabilities: An Analysis of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey  (October 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  4
This brief provides a rich demographic profile of the utilization of postsecondary education by recipients of Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). The brief summarizes the results of the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey and also provides information about resources for further information.


Teaching Social Skills  (October 2004)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  5
This brief outlines the importance of social skills education for youth with disabilities, identifies specific skills needed by youth, provides guidance for choosing and implementing social skills programs, and offers information about creating a positive school climate that fosters the development of social skills.

Other National Resources


Crisis or Possibility? Conversations About the American High School  (May 2004) PDF document
This report from the National High School Alliance summarizes the discussions from seven national conferences on high schools and high-school-age youths held between September and December 2003. This report is available in PDF (52 pp.).


Design Your Own Professional Learning Plan
"By Your Own Design," a self-paced tool from the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse and the National Staff Development Council, can help teachers create and implement an individual professional learning plan. At the project homepage, teachers find an overview of the materials, a description of four "pathways" (teacher who is just starting, teacher with learning plan in place, teacher leader or staff developer, and principal), and access to a wealth of resources.


Diabetes and the Workplace  (October 2003)
Fact sheet
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has a fact sheet on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to diabetes in the workplace. This publication, available on the EEOC Web site, is designed to assist employers, as well as applicants and employees with diabetes, in understanding their rights and responsibilities.


Education in the United States  (May 2004)
Parent and family involvement are crucial to young people's educational success, but often barriers such as language and culture stand in the way of families' full engagement in education. This brief, available in PDF format in English and Spanish, provides an overview of the U.S. educational system and key educational issues--testing, reading, and support services--that parents should know about. Available from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) project.


Free Access to Training Videotapes  (2003)
The DO-IT Project (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) is offering educational videotapes that relate to people with disabilities, assistive technology, accessible information technology, college transition, faculty training, career preparation, and accessible campus services. These short videos are appropriate for a wide variety of training situations. They are available with captions and audio description, and include the voices of people with disabilities. They are available as streaming video and can also purchased in VHS format. DO-IT has also routinely made copies of the videos available for trainers to store on the hard drives of laptops they use for presentations.


Kids Count 2004 Data Book Online  (2002)
The Annie E. Casey Foundations 2004 Kids Count Data Book is now available online. The theme of this year's data book, "Moving Youth from Risk to Opportunity," focuses attention on trends affecting our most vulnerable youth and disconnected young adults, including teens that have dropped out of school, have a child, are incarcerated, or live in foster care.


Latino Youth and the Pathway to College  (June 2004) PDF document
A new report from the Educational Policy Institute and the Pew Hispanic Center documents the progress of Latino students from eighth grade to the workforce and reveals the scale of the education gap between Latino and White students. The survey explores Latino attitudes towards public schools and a variety of educational issues. Substantial samples of Whites and African Americans were similarly polled, revealing diverse opinions among the nation's major ethnic and racial groups, and some sharp contrasts between the native and foreign born within the Hispanic population. Available in PDF (55 pages).


Making the Connections: Growing and Supporting New Organizations: Intermediaries  (October 2003)
The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth has a new publication: Making the Connections: Growing and Supporting New Organizations: Intermediaries. The paper describes how a new organizational strategy -- intermediaries -- can link the supply and demand sides of workforce development. By aligning and brokering multiple services across institutional and funding sources, intermediary organizations can play an important role in improving employment outcomes for youth with disabilities. Available in Word and PDF formats (197 KB, 22 pages).


Making the Most of Options for IDEA-Eligible Students  (2004)
Two national organizations, the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) and Schwab Learning, have collaborated to develop a handbook designed to provide simple, accessible information for parents on the No Child Left Behind Act. The guide addresses the special issues, challenges and opportunities facing parents of children who struggle to learn. Available in PDF (22 pages).


Meeting the Educational Needs of Students with Disabilities in Short-Term Detention Facilities  (February 2004)
This CD-ROM, from the National Center on Education, Disability, and Juvenile Justice (EDJJ), provides an overview of the issues and strategies involved in the delivery of special education and related services in jails and detention centers. The CD is designed as a guide for the implementation of basic components of special education programs and practices in short-term detention facilities and is based on available research, best practice, and the experiences of the authors. Available for purchase from EDJJ for $7.50.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


"Dare to Dream for Adults"
Teleconference Call
October 28, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
Dr. Kristine Webb, the presenter of this NCSET teleconference, is the co-author of Dare to Dream, a strength-based book designed to encourage young adults and adults with disabilities to make choices and find options that are aligned with their preferences, abilities, and needs. Dare to Dream for Adults is designed to be used either independently by an individual with a disability or with the support of a facilitator (teacher, service provider, family member, friend). Dr. Webb will discuss the components of Dare to Dream (e.g., choosing employment or postsecondary education, building relationships, managing finances) and how it is used to assist young adults and adults with disabilities develop self-determination skills. To participate, dial 703-639-1366 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator. The only cost to you is the long distance fee to the 703 area code. You do not need to RSVP to participate in this call.

Other National Events


Disproportionality is NOT a Special Education Issue: Linking General Ed and Special Ed to Close the Achievement Gap
Teleconference Call
October 15, 2004
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems presents this teleseminar on disproportionality. It will cover: 1) bringing general and special education together to address issues of achievement and disproportionality, and 2) Kentucky’s approach to connecting achievement and disproportionality. It will also include time for questions and answers. Presenters will include Alfredo Artiles, Ph.D., and a team from the Kentucky Department of Education. State Education Agencies, Local Education Agencies, Advocacy Groups, Parent Organizations, Higher Education Groups, Professional Organizations, and anyone else concerned about the issue of disproportionality should participate.

PacRim 2005 Conference: A Rainbow of Abilities
February 28, 2005 - March 1, 2005
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 in the field of disabilities to participate in the Pac Rim Conference to learn from each other and to share resources for communities to fully accept and support persons with disabilities. This year’s theme, “A Rainbow of Abilities”, celebrates the diversity and the opportunities available for persons with disabilities. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Autism Spectrum Disorders Resources on NICHCY Web Site
The National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) has a new Autism "suite" of Web pages that includes five separate topic pages devoted to five separate disorders under the umbrella category of Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Rett Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (PDDNOS).


Institute for Child Health Policy
The mission of the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida is to research, evaluate, formulate, and advance health policies, programs, and systems that promote the health and well-being of children and youth. The Institute’s goals include advancing scientific knowledge necessary to promote health and improve health care outcomes and delivery; evaluating systems of care for children and youth, including the organization and financing of health care; supporting the formulation and implementation of health policies and programs that promote the health and well-being of children and youth, especially those with special health care needs; and serving local, state, and national communities through innovative research, evaluation, and consultation.


Mental Health Topics: Treatment and Recovery
Individuals who suffer from serious mental illness can recover and lead meaningful, productive lives. On this Web page, you can learn about events related to care and treatment of mental illness; get publications on alternative approaches to mental health care, choosing a therapist, and more; and find referrals to other treatment and recovery links.
Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. Using this Web site, Federal employees and the public can access resources for understanding and implementing the requirements of Section 508.


Shoulder to Shoulder: Raising Teens Together
This Web site includes a variety of resources on raising teenagers including a parenting survey, a parenting booklet in Spanish, a PowerPoint presentation on raising teens, and downloadable articles containing parenting tips on numerous topics such as sexuality and dating, alcohol, tobacco, and drug use, violence, eating disorders, depression, curfew, truancy, driving, and information for families new to American culture.


Teen-Link: Your guide to resources on teen issues
This Web site was developed as a means for educators and other professionals, parents, teachers, youth, and anyone working with adolescents or interested in adolescent development to obtain quick access to variety of resources, both academic and practical, addressing teen issues such as alcohol, bullying, communication, decision-making, development, eating disorders, family, fathering, friends, immigrant and ethnic families, parenting, risk-taking, school, sex and sexuality issues, substance use, and violence.



Medical Home e-newsletter
An E-newsletter dedicated to providing medical home info and resources for children with special needs published every two weeks. To subscribe, e-mail


SAMHSA’s Information Mailing System (SIMS)
SIMS is short for SAMHSA's Information Mailing System (SAMHSA is the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). Members of the SIMS mailing list receive free, timely e-mail notices about grant and contract announcements, new publications, policy announcements, and research data in the mental health and substance abuse areas in which they are interested. SIMS members also receive free materials related to their topics of interest by mail.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Braitmayer Foundation Grants
The Braitmayer Foundation offers grants of up to $10,000 to fund a broad range of K-12 education programs, with a particular interest in curricular reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those encouraging people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. All K-12 schools in the U.S., as well as independent 501(c)(3) organizations with an interest education, are eligible to apply. Application deadline: November 15, 2004.


BRICK Awards for Young Community Leaders
The BRICK Awards were created to recognize and financially support outstanding young people, to create a network of young community leaders across the U.S., and to inspire other young people to become active in their communities. The program honors and funds the efforts of dynamic young leaders who have devised and implemented innovative solutions to problems in their local communities in the areas of community building, health, and the environment. Application deadline for 2005 Brick Awards: November 1, 2004.


CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) Announces Its Fourth Annual Education Contest
Sponsored by Adobe®, high school juniors and seniors are asked to create an original piece of two-dimensional digital artwork and write a 250-word essay addressing the topic "How has technology enhanced your learning experience?" The 2005 art and essay competition ends December 15, 2004. The top 10 winners of the CDW-G education contest will be awarded a variety of technology products and will be featured in an upcoming CDW-G Solutions magalog. Also, the first place winner's school will receive a $1,000 gift certificate from CDW-G, which can be used to enhance technology in the classroom.


Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant Program
Youth Service America and State Farm present the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant for teachers/professors, youth (ages 5-25), and school-based service-learning coordinators to implement service-learning projects for National Youth Service Day 2005, April 15-17. National Youth Service Day mobilizes youth as leaders to identify and address the needs of their communities through service and service-learning, supports youth on a lifelong path of service and civic engagement, and educates the public, the media, and policymakers about the year-round contributions of young people as community leaders. One hundred grants of $1,000 are available. Application deadline: October 18, 2004.


Intel Scholastic Schools of Distinction Awards Program
Intel Corporation and Scholastic, Inc. present the Intel and Scholastic Schools of Distinction awards program. The nation's best K-12 schools demonstrate excellence for implementing innovative programs that support positive educational outcomes, and the awards highlight their successes, celebrate their innovative use of technology, demonstrate the benefits of strong teamwork, and showcase the classroom practices of excellent teachers. One elementary-level and one secondary-level school winner will be chosen in each of the following ten categories: academic achievement, literacy achievement, mathematics achievement, science achievement, technology excellence, technology innovation, leadership excellence, professional development, teamwork (internal), and collaboration (external). Application deadline: December 1, 2004.


Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Innovation Fund
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Innovation Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to spark the creation or expansion of innovative education programs in a particular field. For its 2005 grants, the Foundation invites proposals from non-remedial, out-of-school programs in critical reading and/or writing for elementary or middle school students. Programs should be designed to help students build high-level reading and/or writing skills to help them excel in rigorous academic environments as they mature. Programs must operate in the U.S. and serve low-to-moderate-income students. The Foundation encourages applications from rural communities, small towns, and other underserved areas. Each grant will total between $100,000 and $200,000 and may cover one or two years of program work. The Foundation anticipates awarding three grants, which will be announced in March 2005. Proposals due October 15, 2004.


National Book Scholarship Fund Offers Literacy Materials
ProLiteracy Worldwide is accepting applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), an annual program that supplies books and materials to local literacy programs. First priority will be given to programs that focus on family literacy. English as a Second Language (ESL) projects, adult basic educational programs, and projects that involve women-focused literacy or ESL programming will also be considered for support. NBSF grants have ranged from $500 to $7,000, although greater or lesser amounts of funding are considered. Application deadline: December 2, 2004.


National Science Teachers Association
The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is accepting nominations for the 2005 Delta Education/CPO Science Inquiry-based Science Teaching Excellence Awards. Full-time, K-12 science teachers who successfully use inquiry-based science to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom are eligible to apply for an award in one of three grade categories: elementary (preK-5); middle level (6-8); and high school (9-12). A judging committee chosen by NSTA will review submissions and select the winners. Awardees receive $1500 towards expenses to attend the NSTA conference and $1500 for personal use. Application deadline: October 15, 2004.


Nominees Sought for Awards for Students with Disabilities
The Foundation for Exceptional Children’s “Yes I Can Awards” honor children and youth with disabilities who have made significant achievements. Each year, 27 winners are selected for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, technology, or self-advocacy. Winners will receive a bronze statue and other recognition at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Annual Convention in April 2005 in Baltimore. Nomination deadline: December 20, 2004.


Tiffany & Co. Foundation Offers Funding for Arts
Established in 2000 as a philanthropic vehicle for Tiffany & Co., the Tiffany & Co. Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following areas: crafts and arts education, educational institutions that provide talented artisans with the necessary instruction to become highly skilled professionals in their chosen field; preservation and conservation, preservation of arts and traditional craftsmanship; and decorative arts. Application deadline: November 15 and May 15, annually.

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