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March 2006 E-News


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Contribute Comments on the Proposed Research Priorities of the U.S. Children’s Bureau
The Children’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published its research priorities for fiscal years 2006-2008 and is seeking public comment. The research priorities will help guide funding. As mandated by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, the proposed research priorities cover topics including the causes, prevention, assessment, identification, treatment, cultural and socioeconomic distinctions, and consequences of child abuse and neglect. Deadline to submit comments: April 4, 2006.


Nominate a Business, Organization, or Individual for the New Freedom Initiative Award
The Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor invites nominations for the 5th Annual Secretary of Labor’s New Freedom Initiative Award. Established in 2002, this award recognizes businesses, organizations, and individuals who have demonstrated exemplary and innovative efforts in furthering the employment objectives of President George W. Bush’s New Freedom Initiative. Nomination deadline: May 31, 2006.


Nominate a Teacher for the U.S. Department of Education’s American Stars of Teaching Program
The American Stars of Teaching Program recognizes and honors teachers who have a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative instructional strategies, and making a difference in the lives of their students. These teachers will be highlighted as representatives of the thousands of teachers who are making a difference in the classroom. Teachers of all grades and disciplines can be nominated. Nomination deadline: April 15, 2006.


Secondary Special Education Professionals: Apply to University of Kansas Ph.D. Program in Secondary Special Education and Transition Leadership PDF document
The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas is recruiting students for a new doctoral program in Secondary Special Education and Transition. Up to five students will be supported with scholarships. Persons with disabilities and persons of color are encouraged to apply. Flier available in PDF (1 page, 357 KB). Application deadline for Fall 2006: May 15, 2006.


Submit a Presentation Proposal for 2006 TASH Conference: Living the Vision Together: Today, Tomorrow, and Beyond
TASH, an organization which supports equity, opportunity, and inclusion for people with disabilities, is soliciting proposals for presentations for its 2006 annual conference, to be held November 8-11, 2006 in Baltimore. Proposals should address how policy, research, and practice converge to produce the full inclusion and active participation of individuals with disabilities in school, community, and employment settings. Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2006.


Submit a Presentation Proposal for 2006 U.S. Business Leadership Network Conference: Inclusion: The Time is Now
The U.S. Business Leadership Network is soliciting proposals for presentations for its 2006 annual conference, to be held October 4-6, 2006 in Minneapolis. Proposals should address one or more of the following conference themes: sourcing, recruiting, and hiring; employee relations and communications; legal issues; business operations and strategy; diversity; marketing, promotion, and advertising; and accommodations. Proposal submission deadline: March 31, 2006.


Teachers: Apply to the New Leaders’ Workshop of the National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) Project on Inclusive Curriculum
For the past 20 years, the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum, a staff-development equity project for educators, has established teacher-led faculty development seminars in public and private schools throughout the U.S. and in English-speaking international schools. A week-long SEED New Leaders’ Workshop prepares school teachers to hold year-long reading groups with other teachers to discuss making school climates and curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable. This year’s New Leaders’ Workshop will be held July 13-20, 2006 in San Anselmo, California. Application deadline: April 15, 2006.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Choices in Transition: A Model for Career Development  (February 2006)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  5 ,  Issue  1
This brief describes the Choices in Transition program for low-income ethnic minority youth with disabilities in Chicago. The program supports these youth in the process of transition in order to improve their educational and vocational success and increase their self-determination. Recommendations for improving the transition outcomes of youth with disabilities are included.


Preparing for Employment: On the Home Front  (March 2006)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief describes ways in which youth and families can help youth effectively explore work-based learning outside of school settings.


The Voices of Youth: Perspectives and Recommendations from Young Adults Involved in Juvenile Corrections  (February 2006)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  5 ,  Issue  2
This brief describes two exceptional programs for adjudicated youth with disabilities. It also includes commentary and recommendations from three young adults who live at the residential facilities where these programs are being implemented.


Youth Leadership Forums—Providing Leadership Development Opportunities for Youth with Disabilities  (March 2006)
NCSET Information Brief  • Volume  5 ,  Issue  3
This brief outlines findings of youth development research, describes the components and benefits of Youth Leadership Forums (YLFs), and introduces the Iowa and Kansas YLFs.

Other National Resources


Accessibility and Microsoft PowerPoint  (December 2005)
This factsheet from the National Center on Disability and Access to Education describes two ways to increase the accessibility of a PowerPoint presentation: 1) improve the native accessibility of the original PowerPoint file; and 2) create an accessible HTML version in addition to or instead of the PowerPoint file. It also provides links to additional resources.


Accessible Design of Distance Learning  (February 2006)
Web Page
This Web page from The National Center on Accessible Distance Learning (AccessDL) provides links to resources on making Web-based distance learning courses accessible to students and instructors with disabilities, including discussion lists, accessibility indicators, publications, streaming video presentations, trainings, resource centers, promising practices, course management software, Web editors, and research.


ADA Accessibility Guidelines Side-by-Side Comparison with ADA Standards and the International Building Code  (March 2006)
Web page
This document from the U.S. Access Board provides a comparison of the updated ADA Accessibility Guidelines, the original ADA Standards, and the International Building Code. The comparison is ordered according to the format and sequence of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which the Board published in the Federal Register on July 23, 2004.


College Planning for Students with Disabilities PDF document
This handbook from Project NETS at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the EducationQuest Foundation is for students with disabilities planning to attend postsecondary education institutions and their parents or guardians. Its sections include Know Your Disability, Academic and Career Planning, College Selection, College Funding, Requesting Services and Accommodations, and Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Available in PDF (19 pages, 1.7 MB).


Customized Employment—Practical Solutions for Employment Success  (June 2005)
Web pages
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) of the U.S. Department of Labor established a Customized Employment initiative to build the capacity of workforce systems to serve all customers, including individuals with disabilities. This collection of Web pages from ODEP includes Customized Employment: A New Competitive Edge, Customized Employment: Principles and Indicators, Job Seeker Exploration, Creating a Blueprint for Job Development, and Negotiating with Employers.


Disability E-Workshop
Online Workshop
This e-workshop offered by the Iowa Division of Persons with Disabilities helps users become more comfortable around people with disabilities and incorporate them into their businesses, agencies, or organizations. It includes units on the ADA, the Air Carrier Access Act, disability etiquette, appropriate terminology, relating to people with disabilities, effective communication, and practical applications.


Fast Facts for Faculty
The Fast Facts for Faculty information briefs from the ADA Coordinator’s Office at the Ohio State University are designed to help college and university instructors improve the climate and quality of education for students with disabilities. Brief topics include coordinating internships for students with disabilities; guided notes; guidelines for creating accessible Web content; Frequently Asked Questions; rights and responsibilities; sign language interpreting in the classroom; syllabus disability statements; teaching students with invisible disabilities, medical/mobility impairments, and sensory impairments; universal design for learning; and writing in the university.


Focusing Juvenile Justice on Positive Youth Development  (2005)
This Issue Brief from the Chapin Hall Center for Children examines how juvenile justice agencies might draw from the growing body of evidence on positive youth development to improve services for youth offenders. Free registration is required to view this document online.


Helping Youth Succeed Through Out-of-School Time Programs  (January 2006) PDF document
This report from the American Youth Policy Forum reviews current research on out-of-school time (OST) programs, especially with regard to their effectiveness; explores the range of OST programs and activities employed by the various youth-serving sectors; considers the untapped potential of OST programs to meet the academic enhancement, career and college preparation, leadership development, civic engagement, and other needs of youth; and provides policy guidance on how to support and sustain quality OST programs as part of a system of supports for older youth. Available in PDF (60 pages, 2.4 MB).


Measured Progress: An Evaluation of New and Redesigned High Schools from 2001 to 2004  (November 2005) PDF document
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported the creation of new high schools and the redesign of existing large, comprehensive high schools into schools characterized by “rigor, relevance, and relationships.” This publication summarizes an evaluation of these efforts. Available in PDF (4 pages, 234 KB).

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Youth as Policymakers: More Than Just Policy Recipients
Teleconference Call
March 13, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the National Conference of State Legislatures will explore how states are engaging young people in public policy decision making, leading to better policy and invaluable learning opportunities for the young people involved. Speakers will describe the structure and role of youth advisory groups and some of the challenges and benefits of including youth voices in policymaking. Speakers will include a young person who has served on a youth council. Participation is free, but registration is required. Log-on information and the phone number will be provided in the confirmation e-mail.

Special and Not-So-Special: Education in Public Schools: IDEA and 504
Web-based Event
March 29, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Central)
Students with disabilities who attend public schools are supposed to be covered by either the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This Webcast will discuss eligibility for services under each law, how parents can access those services, what services are available, and what procedures are available when schools and parents disagree. Presented by Jacquie Brennan, Disability Law Resource Project. Sponsored by Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU).

Council for Exceptional Children Convention and Expo
April 5, 2006 - April 8, 2006
Salt Lake City, UT
Attendees of the 2006 CEC Convention and Expo will learn the latest strategies in instruction, progress monitoring, managing Autism Spectrum Disorders, preparing students for transitions, creating positive and safe learning environments, and more. The conference will include more than 300 exhibitors and more than 700 professional development sessions.

Charting a Course: Meeting the Special Education Needs of Foster Children
Teleconference Call
April 5, 2006
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   (Eastern)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the Chapin Hall Center for Children and the National Conference of State Legislatures will examine the research on special education needs of children in out-of-home care and will discuss what this research suggests about the direction of state policy efforts to meet these needs more effectively. Participation is free, but registration is required.

Enhancing Learning for Students with Disabilities: The Intersection of Disability Studies and Student Development Theories

April 6, 2006 - April 7, 2006
Washington, DC
This seminar will facilitate a dialogue on issues critical for the academic success of college students with disabilities. How do scholars and practitioners integrate two seemingly dissimilar areas of study—disability studies and student development theories? Including discussions of universal design, self-determination, disability identity development, the social model of disability, moral and ethical development, and multiple intelligences, this seminar will help student affairs practitioners, academic advisors, disability services providers, counselors/therapists, faculty members, and academic administrators create new practical applications. Sponsored by ACPA (College Student Educators International). Registration deadline: March 24, 2006.

“Perspectives”: The Fifth Annual Disability Symposium

April 7, 2006
Philadelphia, PA
This workshop will feature keynote speakers Doris Johnson, Ph.D. and Jim Eisenreich, and workshops on civil rights, accommodations and high-stakes testing, stimulant medications, student perspectives, providing accommodations on a case-by-case basis, audio description of live theater, college students with ADHD, and study skills and instructional supports for students with LD and ADHD. Sponsored by the Office of Student Disabilities Services at the University of Pennsylvania.

Moving Youth Policy Forward: Lessons Learned
Teleconference Call
April 10, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Central)
This Web-assisted audio conference from the National Conference of State Legislatures will describe existing comprehensive, coordinated efforts to address youth policy. Selected states will share their challenges and successes in implementing coordinated approaches to operating within a positive youth development framework. Participation is free, but registration is required. Log-on information and the phone number will be provided in the confirmation e-mail.

Inclusion Imperative: A Two-Day National Conference Honoring Diversity
April 21, 2006 - April 22, 2006
Syracuse, NY
This conference will feature keynote speakers John Hockenberry, Simi Linton, and Gerardine Wurzburg and presentations on numerous disability-related topics. Sponsored by the School of Education at Syracuse University. Registration deadline: April 14, 2006.

Negotiating Assistive Technology Supports and Services
Web-based Event
April 26, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
This Advocate Academy Webinar, presented by Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Exceptional Education, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will provide training and professional development to prepare and support individuals who work with families and organizations on behalf of children with disabilities. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Pathways to Success in Developmental and Learning Disabilities: Innovative Programs, Strategies, and Policies that Work!
May 1, 2006 - May 5, 2006
New York, NY
This conference, presented by YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities, will feature in-depth sessions on advocacy/self-determination; aging; Autism Spectrum Disorders; clinical issues and practices; day services; early childhood; employment training; family supports; health care; inclusion; learning disabilities; legal, ethical, and policy issues; life planning; management/supervisory issues; media/public relations; profound intellectual disabilities; psychopharmacology; quality of life issues; residential services; sexuality; special education; staff training issues; technology; transitions; women’s issues; and workforce issues.

18th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute
June 6, 2006 - June 9, 2006
Burlington, VT
This Training Institute will help LD/disability specialists, 504/ADA administrators, faculty, instructors, tutors, educational and career counselors, and academic skills center personnel meet the unique needs of college students with disabilities. Sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, University of Connecticut.

Organizational Transformation to Expand Integrated Employment: Lessons Learned
Web-based Event
June 6, 2006
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM   (Eastern)
Shifting resources and emphasis from facility-based and non-work services to integrated employment is a complex process that requires changes in values, strategies, policy, and personnel. This Webcast will highlight lessons learned about implementing an organizational transformation from the 15 organizations participating in the T-TAP project, including developing leadership support, communicating goals and expectations, transforming staff roles and responsibilities, allocating resources, and implementing change one person at a time. Sponsored by T-TAP and Registration is required and a registration fee does apply. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Bureau of Education & Research
The Bureau of Education & Research provides staff development training for professional educators in the U.S. and Canada, including seminars, conferences, video-based online courses, video training, and audio seminars. It offers on-site training on disruptive students, struggling readers/writers, differentiated instruction, Aspergers/autism, co-teaching, inclusion, and speech therapy.


Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
The Council for Exceptional Children has redesigned its Web site and added three sections: News & Issues, CEC Communities (including Caucuses, Discussion Forums & Lists, Leadership, Special Interest Divisions, State & Provincial Affiliates, and Students), and Teaching & Learning Center. The Teaching & Learning Center section includes information on accreditation and licensure, current topics in special education, exceptionality, evidence-based practice, financial aid, instructional strategies, professional role, professional practice, professional standards, subject areas, and support for teachers.


K-20 Technology Solutions Center from eSchool News
The K-20 Technology Solutions Center from eSchool News provides information about education technology providers (browse by keyword, company name, or product category) and products. In addition, users can review relevant research briefs, case studies, and white papers related to educational technology and learn how and where to get funding.


Personal Data Wizard
The Personal Data Wizard Web site ( provides tools to help students with a range of transition activities including creating resumes, cover letters, and household budgets; and identifying employment preferences and interests. In addition, the site also provides tips and tutorials for activities such as banking and purchasing a vehicle. Any school can purchase access codes for students, and for $1/year any student across the country can access the site. In addition, schools can customize materials and post them to the site. Developed by the Humboldt (CA) County Office of Education.



Breaking Away Newsletter, Advocacy Action News (IndependenceFirst)
IndependenceFirst, an independent living center in the Milwaukee area, has two listservs. The Breaking Away newsletter is published quarterly and provides news and resources on issues related to access and independent living for persons with disabilities. Advocacy Action News is published monthly and focuses on pending legislation, new laws, court cases, policies, and other advocacy-related issues regarding access and independent living for persons with disabilities.


E-Newsletter (National Organization on Disability)
The NOD e-newsletter includes news addressing the participation and contributions of people with disabilities in all aspects of life, including news from NOD as well as disability news, information, and resources from a variety of national and international sources.


Health and Disability News (American Association on Health and Disability)
Health and Disability News is a quarterly e-mail newsletter published by the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD). AAHD advances health and wellness initiatives for people with disabilities and identifies effective intervention strategies to reduce the incidence of secondary conditions and health disparities between people with disabilities and the general population. Health and Disability News includes the following sections: News from AAHD, State Grantee News, In the News, Research Corner, Best Practices, The ADA at Work, What’s New from the CDC, and Websites to Watch.


WWC Update (What Works Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Education)
The WWC collects, screens, and identifies studies of the effectiveness of educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies). You can subscribe to receive e-mail updates about the WWC and its work.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


All-USA Teacher Team
USA TODAY is accepting nominations for the 2006 All-USA Teacher Team, a recognition program for outstanding K-12 teachers and instructional teams. Anyone can nominate individuals and instructional teams; nominees must complete a form explaining how they achieve their success. Maximum Award: $2500—$500 for each teacher and the remainder for the school to use as designated by the teacher(s). Application deadline: April 29, 2006.


Books for Children
The Libri Foundation’s Books for Children program donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural, public libraries across the country. Libraries should have a limited operating budget and an active children’s department. A library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new, quality, hardcover children's books through the program. The local librarian selects the books the library will receive from the Foundation's 700-title booklist. Application deadline: April 15, 2006.


Do Something BRICK Grants for Community Building, Health, and the Environment
Each fall and each spring, Do Something gives grants of $500 each to 30 young people who submit creative proposals for solving local problems. Members of Do Something’s Youth Advisory Council evaluate the proposals and award grants to the most deserving projects in three areas: community building, health, and the environment. Applicants for this round of grants must be 25 or younger on May 1, 2006. Application deadline: May 15, 2006.


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2006 awards to honor youth ages 8-18 who have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Ten national winners will each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline: April 30, 2006.


ING Unsung Heroes Awards: Funds for Inspirational K-12 Teachers
ING Financial Services provides funds for K-12 teachers through its Unsung Heroes Awards. The awards are given to K-12 educators (teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff members) at accredited public or private schools with creative and innovative projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. 100 finalists will receive $2,000 awards. Of these 100 finalists, 3 will be selected for additional awards: $25,000 for first place; $10,000 for second place; and $5,000 for third place. Application deadline: May 1, 2006.


Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams
Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams is a national grants initiative to foster inventiveness among high school students. Teams composed of high school students, teachers (of math, science, or technology), and mentors collaboratively identify a problem that they want to solve, research the problem, and then develop a prototype invention as a class or extracurricular project. Grants of up to $10,000 support each team’s efforts. Up to 23 grants will be awarded to teams nationwide for the 2006-2007 academic year. Application deadline: May 5, 2006.


Save Our History
The History Channel will honor teachers and students across the country who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to local history through their preservation or history education efforts. A total of 25 teachers and 25 students will each win up to $5,000 based on their creative lesson plans, activities, and/or projects. In addition, one teacher and one student will be named “Teacher of the Year” and “Student of the Year”; awarded an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC; and recognized at the annual Save Our History National Honors Event in May 2006. Application deadline: April 7, 2006.


The Nature of Learning Grant Program
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s The Nature of Learning grant program seeks to use National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a greater understanding of local conservation issues; encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning to enhance student academic achievement; utilize field experiences and student-led stewardship projects to connect classroom lessons to real-world issues; and foster collaboration among local schools, community groups, natural resource professionals, and local businesses. Schools and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for $5,000 grants through the program. Application deadline: April 17, 2006.

Scholarships and Awards


Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards
The Turnaround Management Association (TMA) is now accepting nominations for the 2006 Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards. These Awards honor primary- and secondary-level education professionals who have changed students’ lives and the communities in which they live. Winners receive $5,000 cash and travel and lodging expenses to the TMA Annual Convention in Orlando, FL, October 11-14, 2006. Entry deadline: May 1, 2006.


College Scholarships for Individuals with Parents with Disabilities
Through the Looking Glass: The National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities, a non-profit organization providing research, training, and services for families in which a child, parent, or grandparent has a disability, announces the 2006 College Scholarship Fund for graduating high school seniors who have parents with disabilities. Eligible applicants must have grown up with at least one parent with a disability, demonstrate academic and personal achievement, and be a high school graduate or graduating senior by Summer 2006. Up to ten $1,000 awards will be given. Application deadline: May 1, 2006.

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