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February 2003 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Hewlett-Packard Works on Disability Initiative
The Library Technology Access (LTA) initiative, led by Hewlett-Packard, aims to increase library computer accessibility for users with disabilities. The goal of the program is to design "template" solutions that libraries can implement easily to improve access for users with visual, hearing, mobility, or learning disabilities. The first part of the initiative launched recently with installations at several libraries around the nation. The workstations at the test sites will record how users interact with the technology, providing data that will be used to generate models of how assistive technology and accessibility tools can best serve library patrons.


Home Depot Stores’ National Business Partnership: Making the Connection
Home Depot Stores have developed a partnership with OneStop centers to screen and refer applicants for jobs in Home Depot stores nationwide. OneStop centers will provide qualified applicants for specific hiring needs.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


A Family-Centered Approach to Mental Retardation  (1999)
Provides a comprehensive look at families and mental retardation in the 20th century through the eyes of some of its most respected researchers and service providers. The authors have evaluated every AAMR journal issue from 1876 to 2000 to come up with 32 key papers that reflect the perspectives of their times. From the home page, click on “Bookstore” and then "Family".


Adapting Motor Vehicles for People with Disabilities
An online brochure detailing the process of selecting and installing assistive devices for drivers with disabilities. Available in PDF (16 pp, 629 k).


CEC's Journals: Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Web site displays all the articles in the most recent issues of Exceptional Children and Teaching Exceptional Children. Exceptional Children publishes original research on the education and development of infants, children, and youth with exceptionalities and articles on professional issues of concern to special educators. Teaching Exceptional Children is published specifically for teachers and administrators who work with infants, children, and youth who have disabilities or who have gifts and talents.


Employment Issues for People with Mental Illness
Features facts and guidelines on the employment needs of people with psychiatric disabilities. Article offers guidelines on how to help and describes how people with psychiatric disabilities are stigmatized. Offers a link of myths and facts about mental illness. Published by the National Center on Workforce and Disability.


Fact Sheets on Driving with a Disability
Fact Sheet
Offers a link to fact sheets on driving with various forms of disabilities. Presented by the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists.


Focal Point  (2002)
Focal Point is published semiannually and mailed free of charge to 35,000 readers from the Portland Research and Training Center. Some topics include: Building on Strengths in Community Settings, and Community Service: Rationale, Outcomes, and Best Practices.


IEP Process for Secondary Transition  (December 2002)
Describes the new IEP process and shows the process through an example IEP with a student, family, and school personnel. The video can be viewed online. Approximate running time: 45 minutes. Produced by Martha Lehman and Montana OPI with Mountain Plains Regional Resource Center.


Public School Choice: Draft Non-Regulatory Guidance on the Choice Provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001  (December 2002) Word document
These provisions are options that are offered to parents of children who attend schools needing improvement. While school districts implement required plans to turn such schools around, students attending schools that need improvement must be given the opportunity to transfer to a better-performing public school in the school district. U.S. Department of Education.


SO Get Into It!
Special Olympics' "SO Get Into It" is a service-learning curriculum developed to introduce Special Olympics and explain mental retardation to youth and encourage them to become involved in the movement. "SO Get Into It" offers teachers tailored curriculums for all grade levels. Each grade level span of the materials offers four basic lessons for regular education classrooms. The lesson plans are compatible with curriculum standards in areas of language arts, social studies, history, health and physical education and other areas. Download your free curriculum from the Special Olympics Web site.


Take the Next Step: A Guidebook to Support Inclusive and Collaborative Practices in Teaching Students Self-Directed Transition Planning

The guidebook was developed with students, teachers, and parents to assist special and general educators to collaborate effectively to teach self-directed transition planning within the general curriculum. The guide is divided into four sections: Student Benefits; Inclusive Classrooms; Collaborative Planning and Teaching Relationships; and Connections to School Reform Efforts. Published by the Nisonger Center at UCDD at Ohio State University. Contact Tom Fish at 614-292-7550 or

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


My Future My Plan: Engaging Students as Leaders in Planning for Their Future
Teleconference Call
February 26, 2003
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held February 26, 2003 to offer participants the opportunity to: a) learn about the making of Graduating Peter, an HBO documentary of Peter, a student with Down syndrome graduating high school, from Director and Producer Gerardine Wurzburg; b) ask questions about Peter’s transition from high school to adult life, as well as the outcomes of his transition planning process; and c) receive a preview of the new, corresponding educational curriculum My Future, My Plan, developed with assistance from NCSET staff. The transcript of this call is now available.

Other National Events


A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
March 2, 2003 - March 5, 2003
Tampa, FL
The Research and Training Center's 16th Annual Research Conference: A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base, is scheduled March 2 through March 5, 2003 at Tampa's Marriott Waterside. This annual conference has become the principal national forum for exploring research and evaluation findings related to the implementation of systems of care for children's mental health.

Living and Working in the Community
March 3, 2003 - March 5, 2003
Baltimore, MD
Sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). This event is designed to support current grantees' efforts, showcase New Freedom Initiative (NFI) activities across departments, inform advocates, showcase important CMS initiatives, and introduce new CMS funding emphases. There is no registration fee to attend this conference. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY)
NICHCY is an informational Web site about disabilities in children and youth. Information is available on: specific disabilities, special education and related services, individualized education programs, parent materials, disability organizations, professional associations, education rights, early intervention services, and transition to adult life. Spanish version also available.


Project ACTION (Accessible Community Transportation In Our Nation)
Project ACTION works with transit, disability and consumer organizations, and federal agencies to improve transit accessibility. The site includes a database of accessible transit services throughout the U.S. It also provides materials to train transit personnel to work with customers with disabilities.


Social Security Online for American Indians and Alaska Natives
The site provides basic Social Security program information on retirement, survivors, disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In addition to program information, this new site shows how individuals can conduct business with SSA Online and information on how individuals and tribes or nations can contact SSA.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Disability Rehabilitation Research Projects (DRRP) Program-CFDA# 84.133A-17
The purpose of the DRRP Program is to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), as amended. For FY 2003 the competition for new awards focuses on projects designed to meet the priority we describe in the Priority section of this application notice. This priority is intended to improve rehabilitation services and outcomes for individuals with disabilities from traditionally underserved racial and ethnic populations. Eligible Applicants: Parties eligible to apply for grants under this program are limited to minority entities and Indian tribes. Available: January 16, 2003. Deadline: March 17, 2003.


Rehabilitation Training: Rehabilitation Long-Term Training --Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling - CFDA# 84.129B
The Rehabilitation Long-Term Training program provides financial assistance for: projects that provide basic or advanced training leading to an academic degree in areas of personnel shortages in rehabilitation as identified by the Secretary; 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 Secretary; and projects that provide support for medical residents enrolled in residency training programs in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Applications available: September 17, 2003. Application deadline: October 31, 2003.


Special Focus Competition (Institutional Cooperation and Student Mobility in Postsecondary Education among the United States, Canada and Mexico) - CFDA# 84.116N
Provide grants or enter into cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education or combinations of institutions and other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies. Deadline: April 11, 2003.


Special Focus Competition: US-Brazil Higher Education Consortia Program (Institutional Cooperation and Student Mobility in Postsecondary Education Between the United States and Brazil) - CFDA# 84.116M
Provides grants or cooperative agreements to improve postsecondary education opportunities by focusing on problem areas or improvement approaches in postsecondary education. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education or combinations of institutions and other public and private nonprofit institutions and agencies. Deadline: March 28, 2003.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Communicating Research to Public Audiences
A component of the Informal Science Education program (ISE) in the Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education. ISE projects provide rich and stimulating contexts and experiences for individuals of all ages, interests, and backgrounds to increase their appreciation for, and understanding of, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in out-of-school settings. Requests for up to $75,000 will be considered to support projects that communicate to public audiences the process and results of current research that is being supported by any NSF directorate through informal science education activities, such as media presentations, exhibits, or youth-based activities. The purpose of these efforts is to disseminate research results, research in progress, or research methods. No specific deadline.


Rockefeller Foundation Invites Applications for Multi-Arts Production Fund
The Rockefeller Foundation is a global foundation that works to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of poor and excluded peoples throughout the world, organizes its grant making around four themes: Creativity and Culture, Food Security, Health Equity, and Working Communities. In the category of Creativity and Culture, the foundation's Multi-Arts Production (MAP) Fund provides grants to foster the creation and production of quality new work in the performing arts that explores the dynamics of contemporary culture, and to support a diversity of artists and arts organizations. Applications are invited from professional artists and arts organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the creation of new work. Deadline: February 15, 2003.


State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards
State Farm announces their Good Neighbor Service-Learning Awards for teachers and youth ages 5-25. These grants provide support for teachers and youth to implement service learning projects on National Youth Service Day on April 11-13. Fifty $500 grants will be awarded to youth and fifty grants of $1,500 each are designated for teachers. Deadline: February 21.

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