November 2002 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
The World Institute on Disabilities has launched this program to address the lack of outreach to Latinos with disabilities and to assist them with accessing critical services that lead to employment. Through the program, Latinos with disabilities will be able to access employment information through a toll-free hotline that provides bilingual technical assistance and also through a bilingual listserv, as well as opportunities to participate in annual employment-based regional conferences and in leadership development activities. Proyecto Visión is funded by a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration.
Social Security Online Announces New Initiatives to Promote Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities
Two new initiatives to promote employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities include the Disability Program Navigator, a new position formed jointly with the Department of Labor. The Navigators will link people with disabilities who visit the Department of Labor's One-Stop Career Centers with employers and benefit planning assistance and outreach organizations. The Navigators, who will work in the One-Stops, also will provide information on Social Security's work incentives, employment networks and the Ticket to Work program. As an offshoot of Ticket to Work, a new service has been developed with the Department of Labor to help employers locate and recruit skilled employment candidates with disabilities. The service, "Ticket to Hire," is a free, national referral service for employers to recruit workers from the Ticket to Work program. "Ticket to Hire" specialists, available at 1-866-TTW-HIRE (1-866-889-4473), will answer questions about the Ticket to Work program.
Calls to Participate
Guidelines For A Different Journey: Personal stories for parents by adults with disabilities
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Adults who have grown up with disabilities and/or health care needs are invited to write short essays for parents of children with disabilities and/or health care needs for this new book that Stan Klein and John Kemp are co-editing. In their essays, authors are asked to write an essay that they wish their own parents had read or been told while they were growing up. Authors of essays accepted for inclusion in the book will receive $125 for the right to include their essay. Specific guidelines for essays include: 1) An essay of about 1500 words, or less. Add a biography of about 150 words, or less, that would follow the essay in the book. At the end of the essay, write your mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and E-mail. 2) Submit your essay as an attachment in Microsoft Word to an E-mail or paste your essay into the body of your E-mail. Send E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. 3) If essay is submitted by regular mail, double space the text. Submit the essay on a disk as well. Label each page of your printed essay and the disk with your name and address. Send the printed copy and disk to: Stanley D. Klein, Ph.D., DisABILITIESBOOKS, Inc., P.O. Box 470715, Brookline, MA 02447-0715. Deadline: All essays are to be received by February 15, 2003.
The Resource Zone
Coordination and Management of Supports and Services for Individuals with Disabilities from Secondary to Postsecondary Education and Employment
A selection of research and policy briefs focused on service coordination from the National Policy Summit held in Washington D.C. in July of 2002.
Employer Champions: Success Stories on Engaging Youth with Disabilities in the Workplace
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
The relationship between education and work is a matter that has taken on great importance with the advent of a global market increasingly driven by fast-paced changes in technology. If youth with disabilities are to gain the knowledge and skills to be successful in this environment, they will need equitable access to the opportunities offered by comprehensive work-based learning programs. This goal requires the full participation of youth with disabilities in high-quality, high-standards, work-based learning programs as well as employers’ willingness to commit to expanded levels of involvement. This transcript provides three diverse examples from employers who have integrated youth into the workplace.
Implications for Policy, Practice, and Priorities in Postsecondary Education and Employment: Report on Proceedings from the National Policy Summit in Washington, DC
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Highlights the recommendations for federal policy, practice, and priorities that emerged from the National Policy Summit held in Washington, DC, on July 8, 2002. The focus of the Summit was to develop recommendations based upon empirical evidence from research in the area of transition from secondary education, and participation in postsecondary education and subsequent employment for individuals with disabilities. The Summit was sponsored by the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports at the University of Hawaii, Manoa (NCSPES).
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores the importance of providing training and access to technology for youth with disabilities. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.
Other National Resources
A New Era: Revitalizing Special Education for Children and Their Families
President Bush ordered the creation of the 24-member President’s Commission on Excellence in Special Education on Oct. 2, 2001 (Executive Order 13227). The President charged the Commission with studying issues related to federal, state, and local special education programs in order to improve the educational performance of students with disabilities. The commission held 13 open hearings and meetings across the country; it heard from 109 expert witnesses and more than 175 teachers, parents, students with disabilities, and community leaders. It submitted this final report on July 1, 2002 as required by the Executive Order. It concludes that "the central themes of the No Child Left Behind Act must become the driving force behind IDEA reauthorization."
ADA Questions and Answers
The US Department of Justice has translated the ADA Questions and Answers Booklet into Spanish, Laotian, Japanese, Cambodian, and Hmong. These documents are available from the ADA information line at 1-800-514-0301 (V) or 1-800-514-0383 (TDD).
Community Works Journal
Published three times a year in support of teaching practices that build community, this journal showcases innovative educational strategies, practices, and curriculum that involve teachers and students in meaningful work within their communities. More information about the journal is available at the Web site listed.
Disabilities Among Children and Mothers in Low Income Families
Nearly half of all families headed by a single mother receiving welfare benefits include either a child or a parent with a disability, and only a small percentage are receiving traditional government disability assistance, according to a new report published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Data shows that families on welfare were nearly twice as likely as higher-income families to have a child with a disability. Full report available for downloading (237k, 7 pp).
Major Changes to ESEA in the No Child Left Behind Act
A straightforward summary of key provisions in the new law concerning assessments, accountability, educator quality, reading, and flexibility, this report also highlights a few additional changes to the prior law, offers information about the funding provided for all ESEA programs in the coming year, and provides a set of questions and answers that may address many of the key implementation opportunities and challenges. Entire summary available for downloading (550k, 30 pp). Produced by the Learning First Alliance.
Managing Anxiety in Times of Crisis
This resource gives parents and teachers the tools they need to understand and cope with the after effects of September 11th. It provides information especially designed for teens and also includes information on important topics such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other conditions that can occur when a violent incident is witnessed or experienced as well as strategies for addressing this. All information referenced within this resource available online.
Mental Health, Schools, and Families Working Together for All Children and Youth: Toward a Shared Agenda
Purpose is to encourage state and local family and youth organizations, mental health agencies, education entities, and schools across the nation to enter new relationships to achieve positive social, emotional, and educational outcomes for every child. Offers recommendations and encouragement to family and youth organizations, state mental health and education leaders for policy development and changes needed to move toward systemic collaboration to coordinate and integrate programs and services. Produced by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors, The Policy Partnership for Implementing IDEA and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.
NetDay Cyber Security Kit for Schools
The "NetDay Cyber Security Kit for Schools" features tools and resources to raise awareness about online safety and computer security and is FREE. NetDay encourages education leaders to distribute these resources in schools across the country, to ensure that schools and homes -- the places where children are most likely to access computers -- are "cyber secure." Resources -- some in both English and Spanish --are included for K-12 educators, school district administrators, parents, and families.
This article, in the Journal of Curriculum and Supervision (Volume 18, Number 1, 1-3), focuses on the issue that building community in education must extend beyond popular commentary and advocacy into action. Community engages many individuals' ideas and actions, not just those of teachers, parents, and legislators. It involves authentic and critical reflections from students. Written by O. L. Davis Jr., University of Texas, Austin.
The ADA: Your Responsibilities as an Employer
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Many individuals may be familiar with this booklet, which was first published in 1991, but has now been updated. The revisions include an addendum, which reflects the Supreme Court Decisions. You can view this entire publication online.
Implementing Communities of Practice in Educational Settings
November 19, 2002
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held on Nobember 19, 2002 to discuss Communities of Practice. Communities of Practice are one of education’s newest and most effective ways of enhancing the professional expertise of teachers and administrators. By definition, Communities of Practice are groups of people that are connected by shared expertise and a common focus. Presented by Debra Price-Ellingstad, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services; and Joanne Cashman, Project Director, IDEA Policymaker Partnership, National Association of State Directors of Special Education. The transcript of this call is now available.
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Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC): Resources for K-12 Math and Science Educators
ENC Online is visited by thousands of educators daily. It includes access to the largest catalog of math and science resources (books, CDs, videos, kits, tapes, and more) in the nation. In addition, the site offers the full text of ENC’s quarterly magazine and links to other publications and national and state standards. The site also links teachers to Web sites offering a wealth of instructional resources for K-12 classrooms.
HealthCareCoach.com: Helping you take control of your health care
National Health Law Program (NHeLP) has officially launched this site, which is dedicated to helping consumers get the most out of their health care. HealthCareCoach.com features hundreds of articles with information about everything from keeping health care costs down and coping with emergencies to dealing with denied claims and what people can do when they lose coverage.
National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth)
The site contains useful information and resources for youth with disabilities and their families, service providers and other front line workers, administrators, policy makers, and employers. The content is developed by NCWD/Youth partners, who have expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues.
National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult E-Announcement List
Join the NCWD E-Announcement List to receive biweekly e-mail alerts on OneStops info publications and training to improve services for customers with disabilities. You must enter information in all fields on the Web page to subscribe.
Service-Learning Advances from the National Service-Learning Partnership
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The National Service-Learning Partnership's electronic newsletter, published monthly, offers the most comprehensive and timely information about developments in the K-12 service-learning field. More than just a source for news, Service-Learning Advances provides practitioners, administrators, community leaders, policymakers, researchers, parents and young people a forum for sharing ideas, thereby promoting collaboration and strengthening advocacy throughout the nation. All the Partnership members receive the newsletter free of charge.
The Foundation 1000
The Foundation 1000 provides the most comprehensive coverage of the 1,000 wealthiest foundations in the U.S. Each detailed entry includes the grant maker’s contact information, descriptions of program interests, purpose and giving statements, limitations, application guidelines, names of key officials and program officers, extensive analyses of grant programs, and more.
Federal Grant Opportunities
Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program - CFDA#: 84.170A
Purpose is to award fellowships to eligible students of superior ability, selected on the basis of demonstrated achievement, financial need, and exceptional promise to undertake graduate study in selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences leading to a doctoral degree, or to a master's degree in those fields in which the master's degree is the terminal highest degree awarded in the selected field of study at accredited institutions of higher education. Sponsored by the Office of Postsecondary Education. Available: October 11, 2002. Deadline: December 11, 2002.
State Flexibility Program - CFDA#: N.A.
Provides State Educational Agencies (SEAs), and the Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) with which they have performance agreements, with additional flexibility in order to assist them in meeting the State's definition of adequate yearly progress and specific, measurable goals for improving student achievement and narrowing achievement gaps. Sponsored by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Available: October 11, 2002 Deadline: January 17, 2003.
Territories and Freely Associated States Educational Grant (T&FASEG) Program - CFDA#: 84.256
Provides local educational agencies in the U.S. Territories with financial assistance to provide direct educational services to assist all students with meeting challenging State academic standards and to carry out activities described in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, including teacher training, curriculum development, development or acquisition of instructional materials, and general school improvement and reform. Sponsored by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Available: October 9, 2002. Deadline: December 9, 2002
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education Arts Grants
Created by the National Education Association in 1969, the NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education awards grants to educators who propose innovative and promising ways to help all students experience academic success and reach their full potential, especially those who have been historically underserved by society's institutions. NFIE conducts research on these efforts and publishes reports on its findings. Deadline: Various.
New Scholarship Program to Support African-American and Hispanic Students Challenged By Hepatitis C
The Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have announced the establishment of the New Horizons Scholars Program to provide college scholarships to Hispanic and African-American students who have hepatitis C or are dependents of a person with the disease. The program is funded by the Roche Foundation. Deadline: February 15, 2003.
Open Meadows Foundation Offers Funding for Women and Girls and Social Change
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The Open Meadows Foundation funds projects that are designed and implemented by women and girls; projects that have limited access to financial resources and which reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of our society and promote the empowerment of women and girls; and projects for social change that have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Open Meadows provides grants of up to $2,000 to cover start-up expenses or to support ongoing projects. Projects focusing on indigenous women or young women activists may also receive funding from the foundation's special funds. Deadline: February 15 and August 15, annually.
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