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March 2009 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network
The new Family Support Center on Disabilities: Knowledge & Involvement Network (KIN) operates a toll-free family support telephone hotline in English and Spanish to connect individuals with developmental and other disabilities and their families with resources in family support. The national center will also be developing State Action Teams to improve family support services in every state and territory and build capacity in advocacy and leadership. KIN is funded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Phone/TTY: 1.877.535.7575.

Legislative Announcements


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
On February 17, 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was signed by President Obama. Information on preliminary allocations for Department of Education programs is available.

Calls to Participate


Accelerate, a Juried Exhibition of Young Emerging Artists with Disabilities
Very Special Arts (VSA) is now accepting entries for Accelerate, a national juried exhibition of young emerging artists with disabilities. The program is open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25, living in the United States, who have a physical, cognitive, mental, or sensory disability. Submissions must be original work completed within the last three years and after the onset of disability. Eligible media include, but are not limited to, paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, or charcoal), fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, digital art, and time-based media (video, film). Work must have a visual component. Both representational and abstract works are welcomed. The competition will present one grand prize of $20,000, a first award of $10,000, a second award of $6,000, and twelve awards of excellence of $2,000 each. Deadline: June 19, 2009.


New Initiatives at Think College
The Institute for Community Inclusion (UMass Boston) and its partner organizations have launched new two new major programs related to college for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and need help to identify college programs or services that support students with intellectual disabilities. This information will be used to identify the characteristics and outcomes of these postsecondary education programs to further understand their impact on individuals with intellectual disabilities. If your college and/or school system has a program or provides services or if you know of any programs or services that exist in your community, region, or state, even if you are not directly involved, please contact them.


State Farm Youth Advisory Board
Canadian and American youth between the ages of 17 and 20 will serve on a board that creates and oversees State Farm’s $5 million signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board helps identify these issues and develop grants for student-driven service-learning projects, selects the programs to receive grants, and assists with the initiative's communications and outreach efforts. Applicants must live in a state within the United States, or in Alberta, New Brunswick, or Ontario, Canada, and be between 17 and 20 years old as of June 30, 2009. Each member will commit about fifteen hours a month to the board and participate in four face-to-face meetings during their year of service. Deadline: March 31, 2009

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


1000 Voices: A National Archive  (2009)
1000 Voices is a collection of videos taken nationwide documenting voices of the nation on issues of social justice. 1000 Voices believes peoples’ stories are a tool for change. Listening to one another’s stories facilitates connections between people all over the nation. More information and links to listen to the voices are at the Web site.


AUCD Multiple Transition Resources Information  (March 2009)
NCSET Web Topic
The Association of University Centers on Disabilities’ website has been updated with new resources for transitions.


Child Trends and Kid’s Count: A Guide to Resources for Creating, Locating, and Using Child and Youth Indicator Data  (November 2008) PDF document
This guide provides brief descriptions of data and information resources available to those who work in the child and youth indicators field. This 27-page directory includes listings with information on: books, journals, and other publications related to the identification, measurement, development, and use of child indicators; professional newsletters focused on child indicator issues and products; web sites offering data at the national, state, and local levels; research centers focusing on child and youth well-being; and technical resources for those who would like to develop their own indicators websites. Available in pdf (27 page, 260 KB).


Children’s Defense Fund: State of America’s Children  (December 2008)
This statistical compendium of national and state-by-state data on children, published by the Children’s Defense Fund, includes comparisons of selected child statistics from the United States and other industrialized countries. Topics include child population, poverty and income, poverty and race, health and health coverage, welfare, youths at risk, education, child care and early childhood development, nutrition, and housing.


Directory of Projects and Centers Focusing on Transition  (September 2008)
The Federal Interagency Partners in Transition Workgroup has developed “Strengthening Transition Partnerships: Building Federal TA Center Capacity,” a directory of federally funded projects and centers focusing on youth transition. The directory includes 15 descriptions detailing the name of the project or center, the funding agency, and the target audience, as well as descriptions of each center’s purpose, services provided, and links to center websites and publications. The document is not exhaustive of all transition services extended through federal, state, or local entities. Available in pdf (16 pages 153 KB).


Emergency Preparations Available for People Using Wheelchairs Booklet  (2004) PDF document
The United Spinal Association’s new booklet, “Fire Safety for Wheelchair Users at Work and at Home,” provides information about getting out of a building caught on fire. It emphasizes that evacuation of people using wheelchairs is everyone’s responsibility, not just of individuals using wheelchairs. Available in pdf (9 pages, 259 KB).


Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis  (February 2009)
The America's Promise Alliance has released its updated edition of Grad Nation, a comprehensive guidebook with supporting tools on the best evidence-based practices on keeping students in school, graduating, and prepared for college.


Graduation and College Entrance Requirements in 50 States and DC  (March 2009)
Interactive Map
The National High School Center’s interactive map makes it easy to find out about high school improvement initiatives in the U.S., including what each state requires for high school graduation and getting into college, and a calendar of high school improvement events.


Preventing Mental. Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities  (2009)
The National Research Council and Institute of Medicine reports that young people experience mental, emotional and behavioral disorders as commonly as they experience fractured limbs, costing the U.S. an estimated $247 billion annually. The report highlights classroom and other interventions that work.


Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education: School Year 2006-07 (Fiscal Year 2007)  (March 2009)
This report contains basic revenue and expenditure data, by state, for public elementary and secondary education for school year 2006-07 (Fiscal Year 2007). It contains state-level data on revenues by source and expenditures by function, including expenditures per pupil. To view, download, and print the report as a PDF file, please visit the website.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Improving Graduation Rates through Virtual Schooling
Web-based Event
March 10, 2009
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
Sponsored by the National Dropout Prevention Center Network, the webcast will discuss alternative models of virtual schooling that schools and districts may embrace to keep students “within their borders” and examine the potential for helping to improve graduation rates through virtual education models.

Economic Stimulus & Powering Through the Recession
Web-based Event
March 10, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools, and Deborah Rigsby, director of federal legislation for the National School Boards Association, will discuss what President Obama’s stimulus package will mean for K-12 budgets, how schools can make best use of federal dollars to protect instruction and extend achievement amid cutbacks at the state and local levels, what’s coming down the pike, and how schools can to power their way through the recession.

Growing Hope, Cultivating Change
March 18, 2009 - March 21, 2009
Nashville, TN
The 2009 National Service Learning Conference, sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council, will provide general sessions, featured forums, workshops, and service-learning projects on the local, national, and global issues that service-learning addresses.

Discipline and Students with Disabilities: Key Concepts and Strategies for Advocates
Web-based Event
March 19, 2009
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   (Eastern)
Sponsored by the Advocacy Institute, this webinar will review the basic key concepts of discipline law related to students with disabilities and delve into the more complex provisions of federal law under IDEA. Strategies will be discussed for more effectively managing disciplinary incidents when they occur and putting services in place to prevent such occurrences.

NYLC Service Learning Then and Now
Web-based Event
April 1, 2009 - May 20, 2009
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM   (Eastern)
The National Youth leadership Council is sponsoring a series of webinars on service learning (each offered with two sessions, 12:00-1:00 and 4:00-5:00 pm, Eastern). The April 1 webinar, “NYLC Service Learning Then and Now,” is on the integral role of service learning in education history and development and on examples of successful curricular and co-curricular programs. The April 22 webinar, “Service Learning Research,” is on research into the latest trends in service learning and how to translate research into policies and practices. The May 20 webinar, “Service Learning Curriculum in Practice,” is on the NYLC Generator School Network, a community of schools committed to best practices in service learning. More information is on the website, under “Upcoming Events.”

Positive Behavior Support Webinar Series
Web-based Event
April 15, 2009 - May 20, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
Topics and speakers include: Introduction to Positive Behavior Support (Sharon Lohrmann), School-Wide Positive Behavior Support (Rob Horner), Key Elements of Functional Behavioral Assessments (Rob O'Neill), Designing Antecedent Support Strategies (Marti Snell), Selecting and Teaching Alternatives to Problem Behavior (Dan Crimmins), Using Social Praise and Reinforcement Strategies Effectively and Respectfully (Rose Iovannone). Participants can take individual sessions (April 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20) or sign up for the whole series. For more info visit the website or contact: Karen Buford at, or 202-540-9014.

After Graduation: Creating Opportunities for Employment, Education, and Community and Family Involvement

April 28, 2009
Chicago, IL
The Fifth Annual Chronic Illness and Postsecondary Educational Symposium, sponsored by DePaul University's Chronic Illness Initiative and held in Chicago, IL, will offer workshops and presentations on understanding the career aspirations and concerns of students with chronic illness. Available in pdf (1 page, 351 KB).

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities
May 4, 2009 - May 5, 2009
Honolulu, HI
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


American Recovery Reinvestment Act
The Department of Education has created a specific ARRA web page where additional information on the act will be posted as it becomes available. Currently, it offers the press release, a more detailed fact sheet, and links to budget information, including state-by-state allocations for formula-based programs, as well as a brief "video statement" by Secretary Arne Duncan.


Combating Autism Web site from MCHB
As part of the Combating Autism effort, the Health Resources and Service Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) recently launched its Combating Autism Web site. This site includes a list of MCHB-funded activities and combating autism resources. HRSA’s implementation of the Combating Autism Act of 2006 addresses some of the most urgent issues affecting people with autism and their families.


Going to College
Going to College is a new Web site with information about living college life with a disability. It is designed for teens with disabilities and provides video clips, activities, information, and additional resources that can help students get a head start in planning for college.


International Renewal Institute Inc. (IRII)
IRII has launched its redesigned Web site, providing a roadmap to fulfill President Obama's challenge to American educators.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


FY 2008-2009 Discretionary Grant Application Packages
This site, from the Department of Education, provides information on grant competitions that are currently open.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


AAAS Leadership in Science Education Prize
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is accepting nominations for the 2009 AAAS Leadership in Science Education Prize for High School Teachers. The $1,000 prize honors a high school science teacher who has contributed to the AAAS goal of advancing science education by developing an innovative and effective strategy, activity, or program. The winner will be invited to attend and make a brief presentation at the annual Shanghai International Forum on Science Literacy of Pre-college Students as a guest of the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology. Deadline: April 24, 2009.


ABC-CLIO History Uncovered
ABC-CLIO, publisher of history reference and research resources in print and online, is sponsoring its first annual History Uncovered competition, which emphasizes research skills along with historical and critical thinking. Awards of up to $500. Eligibility: teams of secondary school students, their social studies teachers, and school library-media specialists from accredited schools. Deadline: March 30, 2009.


American Honda Foundation: Grants for Youth and Scientific Education
The American Honda Foundation makes grants to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and other youth-focused non-profit organizations for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. Maximum award: $60,000. Eligibility: schools and youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Deadline: Grant applications are accepted four times per year; next deadline is May 1, 2009.


Charles Lafitte Foundation: Grants for Education & Child Advocacy
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program helps groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy, medical research, and the arts. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations. Deadline: rolling.


Earth Island Institute Invites Applications from Young People for Brower Youth Awards
The Earth Island Institute sponsors the annual Brower Youth Awards, honoring young people, ages 13-22 and living in North America, for outstanding activism and achievements in the fields of environmental and social justice advocacy. Award winners demonstrate "outstanding leadership" by leadership in creating, organizing, and implementing a project, in one or more of the categories of conservation (work to eliminate or decrease the use of natural resources and the negative impacts on ecosystems and communities), preservation (protecting eco-systems, species, indigenous cultures, and other irreplaceable elements of the world’s natural heritage), and restoration (re-establishing the healthy functioning of ecosystems, parts of ecosystems, and human communities that manage ecosystems). Six winners will each receive a $3,000 cash prize, a trip to California for the award ceremony and a wilderness camping trip, and ongoing access to resources and opportunities to further their work at the Earth Island Institute. Deadline: May 15, 2009.


ESA Funding for Youth Programs
The Entertainment Software Association foundation aims at using the power of the interactive entertainment industry to create positive social impact in our communities. The foundation supports geographically diverse projects and programs that benefit American youth of all races, denominations, and genders. Applicant organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status and be seeking funding for a specific project or program to be conducted in two or more states in the U.S. and serving youths ages 7-18. Applicant organizations must provide youth programs in one or more of the following areas: skills and personal development, general health and welfare, risk behavior prevention, education, or multimedia arts/technology. Deadline: April 15, 2009


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes honors outstanding young leaders who have focused on helping their communities and fellow beings and/or on protecting the health and sustainability of the environment. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: youth 8-18. Deadline: April 30, 2009.


McGraw-Hill: Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education
The 2009 Harold W. McGraw, Jr., Prize in Education will be awarded to three individuals who have addressed innovation and education, focusing on the whole child, in one of three categories: professional development and teacher education (in school, only); pre-K, elementary and secondary education programs (in and out of school); and policy maker. Maximum award: $25,000. Eligibility: policy makers, leaders in higher education, and school-based personnel. Deadline: March 20, 2009.


Tommy Hilfiger Foundation Grants for Health & Youth Proposals
The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation funds youth-related programs, emphasizing experiences in education and career-related opportunities for youth. The foundation is committed to investing in health-related organizations and cultural programs that affect a diverse population. Proposals must: have broad and positive impact on diverse populations with a special emphasis on women, minorities, and at-risk students, target K-12 and college students, expose students to career opportunities, develop skills in new technologies, leverage teacher/administrator, parental, and community involvement, include hands-on program activities, lead to comprehensive, systemic change on a regional and/or national basis, involve collaborative partnerships, demonstrate capacity to gain continuing support, result in probable dissemination and replication, and develop evaluation component with measurable results. Awards of up to $25.000. Deadlines: April 1 & October 1, upcoming deadline April 1, 2009.

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