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May 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

Legislative Announcements


New Freedom Initiative Reports
As part of the New Freedom Initiative, the President issued Executive Order 13217, "Community-Based Alternatives for Individuals with Disabilities," on June 18, 2001. This order directed six federal agencies, including the departments of Justice, Health and Human Services, Education, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, and the Social Security Administration, to evaluate their policies, programs, statutes, and regulations to determine whether they should be modified to improve the availability of community-based services for individuals with disabilities. The progress reports for each of these agencies are now available online.

Calls to Participate


National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research (NIDRR) to Study Career Advancement of Women with Disabilities

The Institute for Community Inclusion has been funded by NIDRR to study the career advancement of women with disabilities. The Institute is seeking young women with disabilities or chronic health issues who have been working for at least six months in the past two years. Their definition of work includes paid employment, internships, volunteer experiences, and work as self-advocates. The study does not have a Web site, but women interested in participating may contact for more information.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Never Too Late: Approaches to Reading Instruction for Secondary Students with Disabilities  (January 2002)
NCSET Research to Practice Brief  • Volume  1 ,  Issue  1
This brief addresses the problem of lack of reading proficiency in children, including students with disabilities, in the primary grades. In this brief, two approaches for improving the reading skills of secondary students with learning disabilities are explored.


The New Freedom Initiative: Linking with the Workforce Investment System to Support Transition Goals  (February 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of NCSET Teleconference held February 20, 2002, and presented by Paul Hippolitus, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and Joan Wills, Workforce Development Center, Institute for Educational Leadership.

Other National Resources


LEGO materials are nearly indestructible, colorful, and fun! One of the best methods of integrating LEGOs with technology can be a software design package. BlockCAD is a fantastic piece of free software available for the PC that allows users to design and build structures with virtual LEGO-like building blocks. Developed by Anders Isaksson, this free software is a perfect modeling tool for students with disabilities!


Invisible Victims: Violence Against Persons with Developmental Disabilities  (2000)
Although national crime rates are decreasing, persons with developmental disabilities are at a heightened risk of becoming victims of violence and abuse. This article presents significant statistics and discusses the vulnerability of persons with cognitive disabilities. It also points to strategies and recommendations such as implementing safety training programs, pushing new legislation, increasing access to crisis services, and more. A valuable resource for policymakers, service providers, and community members in their efforts to end violence against people with disabilities. Written by Joan Petersilia for the American Bar Association.


Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network  (2002)
Resource Directory
This directory, sponsored by the Special Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination (TA&D) Network, provides contact information and project descriptions for the Special Education Technical Assistance and Dissemination Network Projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). It includes direct links to each center's Web site and the option to e-mail each center directly.


School Sleuth: The Case of An Excellent School  (2000)
Underneath its tongue-in-cheek humor, this award winning video is a serious documentary that explores five key aspects of education and presents 25 practical measures of educational excellence. Now available on a DVD that includes the one-hour program and seven additional hours of resources and tools for evaluation, this resource is a great discussion starter for schools and community groups. Cost: $75.


Workforce Investment Act: Youth Provisions Promote New Service, but Additional Guidance Would Enhance Program Development  (2002) PDF document
This report to Congress provides an assessment of how youth workforce investment activities are being conducted, including the implementation status of WIA's youth provisions, how youth councils have established linkages with the education community. It also identifies the factors affecting the implementation of a new youth development system and their implications for service delivery. The report provides a comprehensive look at the state of youth services under the Workforce Investment Act. Available in PDF (448k, 46 pages).


Workplace Accommodations Series  (2002)
A series of 19 workplace brochures presenting accommodation strategies for specific disabilities. Each brochure provides quick and easy answers to commonly asked questions about specific disabilities, workplace responsibilities, and a range of reasonable accommodations. Eight new titles have been added to the series, including Spinal Cord Injuries, Epilepsy, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and more. All brochures can be downloaded for free.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Postsecondary Supports for Individuals with Disabilities: Latest Research Findings
Teleconference Call
May 21, 2002
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held May 21, 2002 to discuss some of the latest research in four target areas: nature and range of supports and postsecondary programs; contribution of technological advances and their impact; effectiveness of supports as measured against outcomes; and carry over of educational supports to employment. Implications for policy and practice will be presented. Presenters included Robert Stodden, Director of the National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES) and Theresa Wheeley, Coordinator NCSPES. The transcript of this call is now available.

Preparation for and Support of Youth with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education & Employment: Implications for Policy, Priorities, and Practice
July 8, 2002
Washington, DC
This event is offered by NCSET's Post-school Outcomes Network, located at the Center on Disability Studies in Hawaii. The purpose of the Summit is to share synthesis of findings and make recommendations for new policy, priorities, and practice concerning the preparation for and support of young people with disabilities in postsecondary education. The Summit will include data and information from a National Network of individuals, programs, and research centers, with implications for disability focused federal policy, priorities, and practice.
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


Community Builders: Teens Turning Places Around
Given the proper encouragement, young people can contribute to revitalizing public spaces. This Web site profiles individual youth projects and a host of organizations that help teens accomplish their visions. The Web site also includes tip sheets with strategies to help adults and young people with and without disabilities to build positive environments for young adults. Launched by the Project for Public Spaces.


Entry Point!
Entry Point!, a program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is offering outstanding internship opportunities for students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. This Web site features an opportunity to meet current and former Entry Point! interns, a Roadmaps and Rampways chronicle of the journeys of three dozen students who have participated in the program, application information, and more.


Research Institute on Secondary Education Reform for Youth with Disabilities (RISER)
This Web site looks at the critical features of instruction, assessment, and support strategies that promote understanding and achievement for all students. The Web site contains free publications, including "Reform, Inclusion, and Assessment," "Life After High School," and more. A project of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs.


Share the Technology
Share the Technology is a nonprofit organization that repairs, upgrades, and donates used computers to nonprofit organizations, schools, and people with disabilities. This Web site provides listings of computers available for donation and a database for public and private schools, and other nonprofit organizations to list their computer needs.


State Web Sites for Graduation Requirements
This new Web page produced by the National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) links visitors to information on state graduation requirements, including all U.S. states with their graduation requirements online. A helpful tool for policy administrators, as well as for special education teachers and support people interested in helping students with disabilities to understand their graduation options.


Study of Personnel Needs in Special Education (SPeNSE)
This study, sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs, just opened its Web site to the public. Over 8,000 local administrators, general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and others participated in telephone interviews as part of the study, and the Web site contains more than 800 searchable data tables with information collected from those interviews. A perfect resource for answering questions related to the needs of personnel in special education. The site also contains useful reports and overheads.


What Kids Can Do (WKCD)
This national nonprofit organization works to document the value of young people working with teachers and other adults on projects that combine powerful learning with public purpose. This Web site includes links to WKCD partner organizations, short stories featuring successful projects conducted by young people, resources for adults interested in working with students on projects of public value, and much, much more.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Basic Elements of Grant Writing
This publication is a guide to the basic elements of grant writing. Successful grant writing involves the coordination of several activities, including planning, searching for data and resources, writing and packaging a proposal, submitting a proposal to a funder, and follow-up.


Electronic Grant Writing Tutorial
This free interactive software tool, developed by the Environmental Protection Agency, guides users step-by-step through the grant writing process and teaches them how to write more competitive grants. The tutorial includes proposal writing tips, examples of complete grant packages, and a mock grant writing activity where users can compare their results to a successful grant application.

Federal Grant Opportunities


Grants for Intermediaries (CFDA#02-107), Small Faith-Based and Community-Based Non-Profit Organizations (CFDA#02-108), and States (CFDA#02-109)
The Employment & Training Administration (ETA) has announced this funding competition under three separate headings to award grants to states, intermediaries, and small private non-profit organizations working to expand customer access and build capacity to deliver One-Stop services. The awards have three objectives: 1) increase the number of community-based organizations as committed and active partners in the One-Stop delivery system; 2) expand access of community-based organizations' clients and customers to the services offered; and 3) identify, document, showcase, and replicate successful instances of community-based involvement in systems building. Granted by the U.S. Employment & Training Administration (ETA), U.S. Department of Labor. Deadline for intermediaries: May 17, 2002; for community-based organizations: May 20, 2002; and for states: May 16, 2002. Announced April 17, 2002.


Safe and Drug-Free Schools: Safe Schools/Healthy Students CFDA#84.184L  (April 4 2002)
This program supports Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to develop community-wide approaches to creating safe and drug-free schools and promoting healthy childhood development. Programs are intended to prevent violence and the illegal use of drugs and to promote safety and discipline. Coordination with other community-based organizations is required. Granted by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). /Grant deadline: June 3, 2002.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Funding Solutions for Small Nonprofit Organizations
This collection of resources is designed to help small nonprofit organizations fundraise. It includes ways to motivate nonprofit boards, sample fundraising letters, phone-athon advice, and tips to improve direct mail solicitation. A valuable resource for administrators and social service providers.


Gateway Olympic Sponsorship PC Donation
Following the completion of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Gateway will donate up to 4,500 computers. Grant consideration is limited to eligible organizations recognized as nonprofit entities, with priority given to schools and community centers whose programs help enhance access to technology for traditionally under-served populations. Any organization interested in being considered must complete an online application. Grant deadline: July 31, 2002.


Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes
The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes seeks nominations for its 2004 awards. The Barron Prize recognizes outstanding youth ages 8 - 18 that have shown leadership and courage in public service to people and our planet. Each year, ten national winners each receive $2,000 to support their service work or higher education. Nomination deadline for 2004 is April 30.


Magna Awards: Advancing Student Learning Through School Board Leadership
The Magna Awards recognize school districts across the country for outstanding programs that advance student learning and encourage authentic community involvement in schools. The grand prize winner receives $2,500 in scholarship money and two citation winners receive $1,000 each in scholarship funds. Nominations must be postmarked by October 31, 2002.


NEA Foundation
The NEA Foundation has published new grant guidelines to underwrite effective professional development or innovative ideas that result in improved student achievement. The foundation makes $1,000 - $3,000 grants to practicing public school teachers in grades K-12, public school education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public colleges and universities. Eligible applicants may submit proposals at any time. Notification will be made within seven months of receipt of the application.


W.T. Grant Scholars Program
This program supports promising post-doctoral tenure-track scholars from diverse disciplines whose research deepens and broadens the knowledge base in areas that contribute to a society that values young people as a resource and helps them to realize their full potential. Priority research areas include youth development, programs, policies and institutions affecting young people, and adult attitudes about young people. The foundation is particularly interested in research that is interdisciplinary and examines young people in social, institutional, community, and cultural contexts. Grant deadline: July 1, 2002.

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