November 2007 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
On November 15, 2007, at the World Conference on Disability Expo in Washington, DC, Matt Lawrence and his employer, NetworkIP, launched JobEnable.com, a Web site where employers can post jobs for people with disabilities, and where people with disabilities can post resumes and search job openings.
State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices Center
The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $999,490 grant to the University of South Florida to establish a national special education technical assistance center on State Implementation and Scaling-Up of Evidence-Based Practices (SISEP). SISEP will initially work with six states to help local school districts build education programs that work for all students, including those with disabilities. The six states will be identified by March 2008. The lessons learned from these states will be shared and used by other states nationwide.
Youth Transitions Initiative
The HSC Foundation has launched a Youth Transitions Initiative, designed to become a long-range signature project to help youth with disabilities and chronic illness in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond transition to adulthood successfully. The Initiative aims to become a central resource in the field of youth transition, filling information gaps and providing support for organizations involved in transition, with the ultimate goal of strengthening transition programs and services and stimulating investment in the field. The Foundation’s approach to youth in transition is intended to be comprehensive, with health, education, vocational training, youth development, employment, and social components.
Calls to Participate
Submit a Paper/Poster Proposal: PacRim 2008
The Center on Disability Studies is soliciting proposals for papers and posters to be presented at PacRim 2008, to be held April 14-15, 2008 in Honolulu, HI. Suggested topics include autism; independent living; the future of disability studies; building an innovative, inclusive workforce; family supports; hidden disabilities; international disability rights; native Hawaiian education; teaching to reach all learners; technologies for realizing potential and building community; and transition. Submission deadline: November 26, 2007.
Submit a Proposal: 21st Annual Management Information Systems Conference
The 21st Annual Management Information Systems (MIS) conference, to be held February 27-29, 2008 in San Francisco, CA, is seeking proposals for concurrent sessions and Demonstrations in the CyberCafe. Topics are invited from all sources, but the major foci will be data use, data standards, statewide data systems, and data quality. Submission deadline: December 14, 2007.
Submit a Proposal: Society for Disability Studies 21st Annual Conference
The Society for Disability Studies is soliciting proposals for presentations for its 21st annual conference, to be held June 18-22, 2008 in New York City. Suggested topics include public health; violence, war, and terror; mobility and metaphor; housing, home, and homelessness; access and spatiality; immigration and translation; education; globalization and transnational critique; artistic practices, cultural production, and crip culture; history and memory; categorization and citizenship; public policy in the global city; bodies and borders; surveillance and security, visibility and invisibility; activist communities, strategies, and identities; architectural mappings and geographical textures; and pollution, garbage, and environmental devastation. Submission deadline: December 1, 2007.
Youth with Disabilities Ages 14-20: Enter the Real Economic Impact Tour Blogging Championship
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If you are between the ages of 14 and 20 and have a disability, you can enter the 2008 Real Economic Impact Tour Youth Championship. Up to five individuals will be selected to become the official REI Tour 2008 Youth Bloggers. Their blogs about their dreams of becoming financially independent, managing a budget, and/or opening a savings account, as well as other thoughts they have about working, saving money, and building assets will appear monthly on the REI Tour Web site from January to July 2008. Application deadline: November 30, 2007.
The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
Empowerment for Americans with Disabilities: Breaking Barriers to Careers and Full Employment
This report from the National Council on Disability presents best practices from the public and private sectors and promising public policies and initiatives that increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities. It has two broad aims: 1) to summarize the existing knowledge regarding the employment of people with disabilities; and 2) to present new information on the perspectives of employers, people with disabilities, and disability specialists on the key barriers to and facilitators of employment.
High School Online Databases: Student Accountability, Student Support and Remediation, Highlights of Local Initiatives
The Education Commission of the States High School Policy Center has launched three high school online databases. The Student Accountability database provides a unique view of how each state holds students accountable. The Student Support and Remediation Database shows how state policies support early identification of students who have fallen behind in core academic areas. The Highlights of Local Initiatives Database highlights promising state- and district-level reforms that are producing outstanding results.
Medication Guide for Treating ADHD, and AACAP Practice Parameters for the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adolescents with ADHD
ParentsMedGuide.org has two documents for parents of children and youth with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): 1) a guide to ADHD drugs from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association, which offers help to families concerned about whether to medicate their child in the wake of recent warnings about side effects of ADHD medications; and 2) a practice parameter which describes the assessment and treatment of children and youth with ADHD based on the current scientific evidence and clinical consensus of experts in the field, including clinical evaluation, comorbid conditions, etiology, and psychopharmacological and psychosocial interventions.
Meeting the Needs of Significantly Struggling Learners in High School: A Look at Approaches to Tiered Intervention
This report from the National High School Center provides an in-depth look at implementation and structural issues and the support required to successfully institute Response to Intervention (RTI) at the secondary-school level. It defines the RTI models, explores benefits and challenges at the high-school level, provides a snapshot of implementation at the high-school level, and outlines the resources needed to support this work. Available in PDF (14 pages, 196 KB).
New Directions for Student Support: Current State of the Art
This report from the Center for Mental Health in Schools summarizes what American schools are doing to develop comprehensive approaches that address student mental health and related barriers to learning and teaching, including previous findings and initial data from a new survey on student supports. It closes with recommendations. Available in PDF (44 pages, 188 KB).
Online Curricula: The Science of Healthy Behaviors, and The Science of Mental Illness
The National Institutes of Health has two free online curricula for middle school students. The Science of Healthy Behaviors http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih7/healthy/default.htm introduces students to the scientific study of behavior. Lessons focus on defining "behavior," what influences it, surveys, and behavioral specialists in healthcare settings. Students investigate the influences and consequences of behaviors and learn how science provides evidence that can be used to understand and treat human disease. The Science of Mental Illness http://science.education.nih.gov/supplements/nih5/mental/default.htm provides an overview of mental illness. PET images show changes in the brain and how treatment can restore functioning. Activities explore mental illnesses, risk factors, and treatment plan goals.
RSA: Promising Practices for Basic VR Agencies Helping Transition Age Youth
The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) monitored 23 state vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies in Fiscal Year 2007 as authorized by Section 107 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. These agencies, their stakeholders, and RSA identified promising programs and services that help youth with disabilities transition from school to employment. These promising practices are unique to the VR agencies providing the programs; contact information is provided for each practice. Profiles include practices from AL, MD, NE, PA, RI, SD, and VT.
Self-Advocacy: Know Yourself, Know What You Need, Know How to Get It
Self-advocacy is the ability to understand and effectively communicate one’s needs to other individuals. Learning to become an effective self-advocate, especially for individuals with a hidden disability such as dyslexia, is all about educating the people around you. This article from wrightslaw.com is geared towards adults in higher education and/or the workforce; some of its information will be helpful to young adults as well.
SSA Work Incentives: 545 PASS Plan Form with Help Keys
This document from The University of Montana Rural Institute allows users to easily tab through the PASS Plan application and to access numerous “help” boxes to guide her/him through the questions and provide sample responses. Available in Word (316 KB, 17 pages).
Talking About Youth Transitions
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The Youth Transition Funders Group, a network of grant makers committed to ensuring that all young people between the ages of 14 and 24 become “Connected by 25” to caring adults, institutions, and support systems that will enable them to succeed throughout adulthood, has created this document that seeks to help the community of youth advocates to develop a core set of messages (words, phrases, and statements) that will resonate with policymakers, parents, law enforcement, and others, and allow advocates to speak in a unified voice about youth transitions. Available in PDF (54 pages, 408 KB).
Other National Events
Teaching Digital Natives: Technology Tools for the Classroom
November 1, 2007 - November 30, 2007
Although awareness of the expanded possibilities that technology tools offer for individualization of learning, personal planning, and academic collaboration is growing, making technology an integral part of school systems has been slow to happen. Join the Family Center on Technology & Disability’s month-long online discussion of high-tech tools in the classroom, including benefits and barriers, claims and costs. The discussion will be moderated by AT experts Kirk Behnke and Scott Marfilius, who will share their insights on emerging technology tools, such as handheld computers, wireless Internet access, wikis, blogs, and virtual reality.
Partnership for Youth Transition Overview and Lessons Learned
November 7, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern)
In 2002, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education awarded $2.5 million annually for each of four years to five communities/counties across the nation to develop the Partnership for Youth Transition (PYT) initiative. The sites were to develop, implement, stabilize, and document models of comprehensive transition systems to improve outcomes for young adults ages 14-25 with Serious Emotional Disturbance/Serious Mental Illness as they enter adulthood. This teleconference will highlight the development, implementation, and preliminary evaluation of the systems developed by the PYT sites. Participation is free.
Making Standards-based Lessons Understandable for English Learners: The SIOP Model
November 8, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (Eastern)
In this interactive online presentation from WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative, Jana Echevarria, Professor of Education at California State University, Long Beach, will present the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) model of instruction, which provides a research-based approach for making standards-based lessons understandable for English learners. With an emphasis on engaging learners and providing opportunities for students to use academic English in meaningful ways, SIOP offers a framework for organizing lessons. Participation is free, but registration is required.
Building Effective Youth Councils – How and Why To Do It
December 3, 2007
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (Eastern)
This Forum for Youth Investment Webinar will offer an opportunity to hear from both youth and policymakers about the great work being done by youth councils (youth-led bodies that advise state and local policymakers) and the Forum for Youth Investment’s keys for effective youth councils, as outlined in its recent paper, “Building Effective Youth Councils.” Participation is free, but registration is required.
The LEAD (Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities) Initiative
December 11, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Eastern)
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s LEAD initiative was created to address the alarming decline in the number of individuals with severe disabilities employed in federal agencies. Participants in this Job Accommodation Network Webcast will learn about the special hiring authorities and opportunities available for people with disabilities. This session will also provide information on how to quickly and effectively accommodate employees with disabilities at little or no cost. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.
ACTE 2007 Annual Convention and Career Tech Expo: Connecting Education and Careers
December 13, 2007 - December 15, 2007
Las Vegas, NV
The 2007 conference of the Association for Career and Technical Education will include sessions from the following divisions: administration, adult workforce development, agricultural education, business education, engineering and technology education, family and consumer sciences education, guidance and career development, health science technology education, marketing education, new and related services, special needs, teacher education, and trade and industrial.
Parent Centers United for Excellence: ALLIANCE National Conference
January 30, 2008 - February 1, 2008
The 11th annual ALLIANCE National Conference will bring together representatives from parent centers, the U.S. Department of Education, technical assistance centers, and schools to share information about special education issues and working with families. It is sponsored by the Technical Assistance ALLIANCE for Parent Centers National Center at PACER, in collaboration with the U.S. Office of Special Education Programs and the ALLIANCE Regional Parent Technical Assistance Centers. Registration deadline: December 5, 2007.
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Doing What Works
Doing What Works (DWW), a U.S. Department of Education Web site, aims to help educators adopt research-based educational techniques. Much of its content is based on IES’ What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) (http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/). DWW provides examples of possible ways educators might apply those research findings. DWW currently contains content on English Language Learners. Information on Cognition & Learning, Early Childhood Education, High School Reform, Literacy, Math & Science, and School Restructuring is forthcoming.
Funworks: For Careers You Never Knew Existed
This Web site helps youth ages 11-15 explore ways to link their interests to exciting future careers. It offers online resources about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Funworks stands out with its vibrant colors, graphics and photos, interactive games, quizzes, and more. It was created by the Gender, Diversity, and Technology Institute at Education Development Center.
Intervention Central offers free tools and resources to help school staff and parents promote positive classroom behaviors and foster effective learning for all students. The site was created by a school psychologist and school administrator. It includes information on academic and behavioral intervention strategies, publications on effective teaching practices, and tools that streamline classroom assessment and intervention.
ScholarCentric: Creator of Success Highways, Proven Dropout Prevention for Middle/High School Students
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ScholarCentric is committed to creating ready-to-learn classrooms where students are empowered to succeed in school and in life. Its cornerstone program, Success Highways, combines innovative curriculum, a technology-based assessment, and effective teacher training to help at-risk students stay in school, score higher on achievement tests, and become better prepared for college and work. Its Web site includes information on Success Highways and its other programs, funding resources, and resources on at-risk students.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
Service Replication Grants from Youth Service America and the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Youth Service America and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice are offering $2,000 grants to help organizations that have had a successful youth engagement experience replicate their practices in organizations in a broader network or coalition without a youth strategy. Eligible applicants are local, state, or national organizations that are part of a national network, organization, or broader coalition of organizations and want to replicate their successful youth engagement experience (for youth ages 5-25) throughout that network though participation in Global Youth Service Day. Application deadline: November 30, 2007.
Society for Research in Child Development Public Policy Fellowships
The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applications for its Policy Fellowships for the 2008-09 legislative term. SRCD Fellows come to Washington, DC and use developmental science to inform public policy. Doctoral-level scientists from disciplines relevant to child development are eligible to apply, including both early and mid-career professionals. The fellowship program aims to contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge about child development in the formation of public policy, to educate the scientific community about the development of public policy, and to make more effective connections between developmental scientists and federal policy-making. Application deadline: December 15, 2007.
Scholarships and Awards
1800Wheelchair.com will award one $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student, with a preference for applicants with mobility disabilities. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university in the U.S. at the undergraduate level, be a legal resident of the U.S. or hold a valid student visa, be a student in “good standing,” and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants must submit a 300-500 word essay in reply to the following question: What advice would you give to your college’s faculty and administration to help your school better assist students with disabilities? Application deadline: December 20, 2007.
AXA Achievement Scholarship
The AXA Achievement Scholarship provides fifty-two winners – one from each state, the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico – scholarships of $10,000 each. Ten of these 52 state winners are selected as national winners and earn an additional scholarship of $15,000. These top 10 also receive a laptop and the offer of an internship with AXA. AXA scholarship winners are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family, and community; and ability to succeed in college. Application deadline: December 15, 2007.
The BR!CK Awards for Young Social Entrepreneurs in Community Building, Health, and the Environment
Are you passionately working to address a problem in your local or global community? Have you made a real difference in the lives of others? Are you age 25 and under and a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. or Canada? If you have answered “Yes!” to all of these questions, then you should apply for a BR!CK Award. The Brick Award honors social entrepreneurs under the age of 25 working in the areas of community building, health, or the environment with up to $100,000 in scholarships and community grants. Application deadline: December 31, 2007.
Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award
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The Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year Award is given to educators who demonstrate exemplary efforts to help parents and children achieve their academic and non-academic goals. The 2008 Toyota Family Literacy Teacher of the Year will receive a $5,000 award for his/her program and a trip to the 17th Annual National Conference on Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky, March 30-April 1, 2008. Programs may nominate educators who strive to help families improve their literacy skills through children’s education, adult education, ESL services, parenting education, and/or other educational services provided to families. Nomination deadline: December 5, 2007.
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