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October 2007 E-News


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Calls to Participate


College Students with Disabilities: Apply for a MEAF-AAPD Congressional Internship
The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation–AAPD Congressional Internship Program was created in 2002 to provide an opportunity for students with disabilities to work on Capitol Hill for 8 weeks and acquire valuable work experience. As paid summer congressional interns, participants gain insight into congressional office operations, public policy development, and constituents’ roles in the legislative and political processes. Application deadline for 2008 internships: December 14, 2007.


College Students with Disabilities: Apply for a Microsoft-AAPD Federal I.T. Internship
The Microsoft-AAPD Federal Information Technology (I.T.) Internship Program was created in 2003 to provide undergraduate students with disabilities who have a demonstrated interest in I.T. careers with the opportunity to participate in highly-sought-after federal internships. In 2008, this internship program will provide 10 students with disabilities with the opportunity to participate in an 11-week paid summer I.T. internship at a federal agency in Washington, DC. Application deadline: December 14, 2007.


Graduate-Level Online Courses in Transition Education and Services
The Transition Coalition at the University of Kansas (KU) is offering graduate-level online courses in transition education and services during the 2007-08 school year: Transition Assessment (November 12-December 16, 2007), Family Involvement and Student Involvement in Transition (January 14-February 10, 2008), Preparing Students for Employment and Postsecondary Education (March 3-30, 2008), and Interagency Collaboration during Transition Planning (April 28-May 25, 2008). Each course is worth 1 hour of graduate credit or 15 hours of continuing education credit. For more information, contact Amy Gaumer Erickson, Ph.D., or visit


Individuals with Cognitive Disabilities and Their Families: Take a Technology Survey
The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for the Advancement of Cognitive Technologies is seeking participants for a survey of how people with disabilities use technology. They are interested in gathering information from people with developmental disabilities (age 18+), acquired brain injuries, or problems with memory, as well as from people who provide them support. They hope the information obtained will help technology developers and researchers to create technologies that will promote the independence of people with disabilities.


Middle and High School Students and Teachers: Participate in the Lexus Environmental Challenge
The Lexus Environmental Challenge is an education program/contest comprised of four environmental challenges: land, water, air, and climate. Teams of 5-10 middle or high school students and one teacher-advisor define an issue, make a plan to address it, implement the plan, and report the results. Teams are encouraged to visually document their efforts through digital photos, digital videos, Web pages, PowerPoint presentations, etc. Winning teams from the four challenges will participate in a Final Challenge. Submission deadlines: Land -- October 5, 2007; Water -- November 5, 2007; Air -- December 5, 2007; Climate -- January 7, 2008.


States, Schools, and Organizations: Be Partners in National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week: October 21-27, 2007
National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2007, is sponsored by PACER Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention and co-sponsored by the National PTA, National Education Association, American Federation for Teachers, National Coalition for Parent Involvement in Education, and School Social Work Association of America. During the Week, teachers, parents, and children are encouraged to increase community awareness about the prevalence and impact of bullying. Activities and materials to help reduce bullying in schools, recreational programs, and community organizations are available at States, schools, and organizations are invited to be partners in the Week; contact


Youth Workers: Take the 2007 Working With Youth Survey
If you work with youth (ages 10-18) during out-of-school time hours, the National 4-H needs your help! Take a quick Web-based survey on your job satisfaction, your plans to continue working with youth and your perceptions of their skills in providing positive developmental settings for youth, the features of the out-of-school-time program in which you work, your professional experience and training, and characteristics and benefits of your job. Respondents can win one of ten $50 gift certificates.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


AAIDD Student and Young Professional Newsletter  (September 2007) PDF document
The Student and Junior Member Recruitment Committee of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) has launched a newsletter. This issue includes highlights from the 2007 AAIDD Annual Meeting, a Student Research Highlight, and information on the following: an upcoming teleconference on submitting a NIH grants, the AAIDD Guide Program, research and training opportunities in IDD, the AAIDD Early Career Award, and joining and getting involved in AAIDD. To receive future newsletters via e-mail, email Cameron Neece at Available in PDF (5 pages, 292 KB).


Achievement Trap: How America is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families  (September 2007) PDF document
This report from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation and Civic Enterprises calls for continuing the national effort to improve basic skills and ensure minimal proficiency in reading and math among low-income students but says that there must also be a more concerted effort to promote high achievement within this population. Available in PDF (64 pages, 3.2 MB).


American Indian and Alaska Native Students and U.S. High Schools, and Asian/Pacific Islander American Students and U.S. High Schools  (September)
Fact Sheets

These two fact sheets from the Alliance for Excellent Education provide information on graduation, dropouts, and preparedness; schools, segregation, and teacher quality; special, gifted, and college preparatory education; learning disabilities; and/or English Language Learners for American Indian and Alaska Native students (, 6 pages, 68 KB) and Asian/Pacific Islander students (, 3 pages, 56 KB), respectively.


Campus Connections: Widening the College Track  (September 2007)
The Fall 2007 edition of the Lumina Foundation for Education’s Focus magazine describes how ‘near-peer’ mentoring and other innovative efforts are helping to widen the college track. As the importance of a college-educated workforce grows, so does the gap between students who understand what it takes to get to college and underserved students who lack that information. That gap is rooted in poverty and social inequity, but solutions are emerging to help low-income students gain access to and succeed in college.


Career Pathways, Academic Performance, and Transition to College and Careers: The Impact of Two Select Career and Technical Education Transition Programs on Student Outcomes  (August 2007) PDF document
This brief summarizes a study that examined the effects of career and technical education (CTE) transition programs on student matriculation from secondary to postsecondary education. One component of the study focused on the effects of secondary institutions’ CTE transition programs on secondary student performance and college transition, and student perceptions of these programs. The other component examined the postsecondary effects of the CTE programs on student transition and postsecondary outcomes, looking at students who matriculated from high school CTE transition programs and comparing them to students from the same high schools who did not participate in these programs. Available in PDF (5 pages, 364 KB).


Education at a Glance 2007  (September 2007)
This annual study from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) provides data and analysis on education indicators from 30 OECD member countries. The indicators look at who participates in education, what is spent on it, how education systems operate, and the results achieved. The latter includes indicators on a wide range of outcomes, from comparisons of student performance in key subject areas to the impact of education on earnings and adults’ chances of employment.


Emergency Info Online, Fourth Edition  (September 2007)
Web Page
As part of the observation of National Preparedness Month (September 2007), Bridge Multimedia of New York City created “30 Days, 30 Resources,” an online emergency preparedness resource guide that features articles, guides, lists, and links to timely facts regarding disaster readiness for homes, schools, businesses, and more. Several of the articles address disability-specific concerns.


High School Dropouts in America  (September 2007) PDF document
Fact Sheet
This fact sheet from the Alliance for Excellent Education answers the following questions: Who is dropping out of high school? Where are students dropping out? Why do students drop out? and What are the costs of dropping out? Available in PDF (4 pages, 56 KB).


Honoring Progress: An Update on the NGA Center Honor States: The "Supply Side" of High School Redesign  (September 2007) PDF document
This issue of the newsletter of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices explores how state policymakers are working to increase the number of high-quality high schools by examining state efforts to bring innovative new models to scale. It highlights three states’ different approaches to increasing the number of excellent public schools, and provides resources for policymakers interested in learning more about best practices that support the replication of proven models. Available in PDF (15 pages, 889 KB).


Lessons Learned from AYPF Forum Series on High School Reform, December 2004-March 2007  (September 2007) PDF document
From December 2004 through March 2007, the American Youth Policy Forum hosted 22 forums and roundtable discussions focused on a range of issues related to high school reform. These forums and discussions were funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This document summarizes the need for high school reform, lessons learned from these forums and discussions, and policy implications of these lessons. Available in PDF (12 pages, 396 KB).

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Online Institute on Assistive Technology
Web-based Event
October 8, 2007 - October 24, 2007
Participants in this Online Institute, offered by the Family Center on Technology and Disability, will earn continuing education units (CEUs), expand their knowledge of AT devices and services, meet disability professionals from across the country, and have in-depth discussions with national AT experts. There will be two discussion strands: Transition & Assistive Technology, and Autism & Assistive Technology. Participation is free, but registration is required. To register, go to Event flier available in PDF (3 pages, 212 KB).

U.S. BLN Best Employer Practices – Walgreens’ Quest for Inclusion
Web-based Event
October 9, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
The Walgreen Company has launched an effort to create a workplace where at least one-third of the workforce is people with disabilities in highly competitive jobs, integrated into the workplace, earning the same pay, and held to the same standards. In this JAN Webcast, Walgreens’ success story will be presented by Deb Russell, who oversees Walgreens’ commitment to hiring people with disabilities in their distribution centers. The first of these centers opened in January. This presentation will explain the plans and early outcomes of this effort, including lessons learned. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

NIMAS: Implementation Issues and Solutions
Web-based Event
October 30, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
This Webinar, offered by The Center for Implementing Technology in Education and Don Johnston, Inc., will be presented by Chuck Hitchcock, Chief Officer of Policy & Technology, Center for Applied Special Technology and Ruth Ziolkowski, President of Don Johnston, Inc. It will examine how the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS) affects educators and school districts. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology
Web-based Event
November 29, 2007
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM   (Central)
This Webinar from Don Johnston, Inc. and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education will share a successful model for implementing differentiated instruction with technology and provide a toolkit of resources, strategies, and practice guides to help participants differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. Presenters will include Judy Zorfass, Associate Center Director, Education Development Center, Inc.; and Jenna Wasson, Research Analyst, Center for Applied Special Technology. Participation is free, but registration is required.

7th Annual Inclusive Schools Week

December 3, 2007 - December 7, 2007
Inclusive Schools Week celebrates the progress schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to all students, including students with disabilities and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and provides an opportunity for educators, students, and parents to discuss what else must be done to ensure that schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children and youth. The theme of this year's observance, “Lessons from the World: Including All Children,” provides an opportunity to focus on both accomplishments and challenges associated with changing attitudes, practices, and policies toward better educational outcomes for students around the world.

Differentiating Instruction with Technology
Web-based Event
December 4, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
This Webinar from Don Johnston, Inc. and the Center for Implementing Technology in Education will share a successful model for implementing differentiated instruction with technology and provide a toolkit of resources, strategies, and practice guides to help participants differentiate planning, instruction, management, and student assessment. Presenters will include Judy Zorfass, Associate Center Director, Education Development Center, Inc.; and Jenna Wasson, Research Analyst, Center for Applied Special Technology. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Equity, Opportunity and Inclusion: 2007 TASH International Conference
December 6, 2007 - December 8, 2007
Seattle, WA
For over 30 years, the TASH conference has been the largest and most progressive conference in the nation focused on strategies for achieving equity, opportunities, and inclusion for people with disabilities. Attendees of TASH 2007 will renew their sense of community, re-ignite their passion for TASH's mission, learn practical information for immediate use, access the newest research findings and innovations, and get involved in current national issues and policy debates. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Catalyst Center: Improving financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs
The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care insurance and financing for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), funded by the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The Center partners with a broad range of stakeholders to expand health insurance coverage of CYSHCN across the country; close the gaps faced by underinsured families; develop and disseminate innovative financing strategies at the community, state, and national levels; and enhance knowledge and collaboration among key stakeholder groups around financing issues.


College Navigator
College Navigator provides information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the U.S., including programs offered, retention and graduation rates, price, aid available, degrees awarded, campus safety, accreditation, degrees offered, institution type, selectivity, distance from home, school size, institutional mission, extended learning opportunities for adults, and intercollegiate athletics programs offered. Users can also compare up to four institutions in one view, and maintain a list of favorite institutions from different searches; save their sessions and receive an e-mail with a link taking them back to where they left off; and export search results to easily-used formats, such as Excel.


Misunderstood Minds
This Web site is a companion to the PBS special on learning differences and disabilities. Visitors to the site can explore stories from the show and find information and resources for parents.


National FindFamily Registry
Nationwide, there are thousands of people with disabilities in care settings with no connection with family. Families may have lost touch with family members with disabilities because of institutionalization, divorce, foster care or adoption, personal problems, or misfortune. TheArcLink has created the National FindFamily Registry in order to help people with disabilities and their family members find each other.



eScuela Americana: La nueva boletín digital de tecnología de educación
Ahora puede recibir noticias e información nuevos en espanol sobre tecnología de educación. eSchool News y PBS han juntados a dar ese informacion crítica cada mes, empezando October 1, 2007. Aprenderá información incluyendo la legislación, los casos legales, los productos nuevos, las practicas mejores, las becas y más.


Quality Mall E-Mail Alerts and Newsletter
Quality Mall is an online clearinghouse for free information about person-centered supports for people with developmental disabilities. Each of the Mall “stores” has “departments” you can browse to learn about practices that help people with developmental disabilities live, work, and participate in their communities and improve the quality of their supports. You can sign up to receive Quality Mall’s Monthly e-mail Newsletter, Funding News Alerts, and/or New Product Alerts.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


"Arts Connect All" Grants
VSA arts and MetLife Foundation designed the Arts Connect All grants to encourage arts organizations to create or enhance multi-session inclusive education programs by strengthening partnerships with local public schools. The grants aim to enable more students with disabilities to experience social, cognitive, and cultural development through arts learning alongside their peers without disabilities; create educational access and inclusion in the arts for students with disabilities; and document the contributions that arts organizations make to inclusive education in public schools. Grant amount: $15,000. Application deadline: December 7, 2007.


Air Force Association Educator Grants
The Educator Grant program from the Air Force Association is designed to promote aerospace education programs, opportunities, and activities in K-12 classrooms. The program encourages development of innovative aerospace activities within the prescribed curriculum. The program also encourages establishing an active relationship between the school and the local branch of the Air Force Association. Educator Grants provide up to $250 per academic year to support aerospace education programs, opportunities, and activities when no other support is available. Application deadline: November 15, 2007.


PTA Research Grants
The National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) invites proposals for original research and writing on the organization’s policies concerning education and/or child welfare, including student achievement and assessment, student and parental attitudes, parent involvement, contextual factors in education, educational participation and persistence, at-risk students, early childhood education, school finance, support for public education, child health, the role of mass media, and child advocacy. Fellows will produce original scholarly research which may appear in their dissertation or a journal article, book, or book chapter. Two $5,000 fellowships will be awarded. Application deadline: November 16, 2007. RFP available in PDF (3 pages, 152 KB).

Scholarships and Awards


Innovations in American Government Award
Applications and nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 Innovations in American Government Award competition. Administered by the Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, this Award is heralded as the premier public-sector honor in the nation. It is given annually to programs that serve as examples of creative and effective government at its best. All units of U.S. government—federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial—are eligible to apply. Each winner will receive a $100,000 grant to support replication and dissemination activities. Deadline: October 15, 2007.


National Schools of Character Awards
Every year, the Character Education Partnership names ten public and private schools and districts (K-12) as National Schools of Character for their outstanding work in character education. 2008 award recipients will receive $20,000: $10,000 to enhance their program and $10,000 to provide outreach to other educators through staff development or mentoring for another school/district. Eligible schools have been engaged in character education for at least three full years, starting no later than December 2004. Eligible districts have been engaged in character education for at least four full years, starting no later than December 2003. Application deadline: December 3, 2007.

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