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May 2009 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects is a new project launched by the Advocacy Institute to keep an eye on the use of the additional $11.3 billion IDEA funding made available to local school district by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Web site features FAQs, a State Data lookup tool, State IDEAmoneywatch blogs, and additional Resources.


Youth Service Awards for Young Female Social Entrepreneurs
The Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards will recognize two female social entrepreneurs between the ages of 14 and 17 (as of December 31, 2009) who reside in the United States and have their own social enterprise, with grants of $2,000 plus opportunities to participate in Youth Service Institute initiatives. Social entrepreneurs apply business practices to achieve positive social change and measure their success through their social impact. Self-nominations are accepted. The deadline to initiate online nominations is June 15, 2009. The deadline to complete and submit nominations is June 30, 2009.

Legislative Announcements


New Web site Launched After President Obama Signs the Serve America Act
The Web site was launched with the signing of the Edward M. Kennedy National Service Act. The Web site aims to serve as a place for Americans to find ways to serve in their own communities.

Calls to Participate


CEC Call for Papers Due May 27, 2009
The April 21-24, 2010, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) Convention and Expo will be held in Nashville, TN. The deadline for proposals and presentations on exceptional children is May 27, 2009.


NIDRR Proposed Priorities
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is proposing funding priorities for its Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program: four priorities for Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTCs) and three for Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). Funding priorities focus research attention on areas of national need. The Assistant Secretary may use these priorities for competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2009 and later years. Comments about this notice can be mailed to Donna Nangle, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, #6029, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2700; or by e-mail to, including the term “Proposed Priorities for RRTCs and RERCs” and the priority title in the subject line of the message. Deadline for comments: June 8, 2009.


OSERS Publishes Requests for Comments on Annual State Application Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act as Amended in 2004
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments can be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17 St, NW, Room 10222, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; faxed to (202) 395-6974; or e-mailed to Deadline: May 6, 2009.


OSERS Publishes Requests for State and Local Educational Agency Record and Reporting Requirements Under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act as Amended in 2004
The Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Regulatory Information Management Services, Office of Management invites comments on the submission for OMB review as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Comments can be addressed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: Education Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17 St, NW, Room 10222, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; faxed to (202) 395-6974; or e-mailed to Deadline: May 6, 2009.


The Lancet: Special Issue on Disability
The Lancet, the second-highest-ranked medical/health journal in the world, is preparing to publish a special issue later this year on the topic of disability which will coincide with World Disability Day on December 3, 2009. The deadline for submission of primary research papers is July 31, 2009.


VSA Arts International Conference Call for Papers Due May 29, 2009 PDF document
The VSA Arts Conference on how to advance inclusive education and 21st century learning skills through the arts will be held in Washington, DC, June 10-12 2010, in conjunction with the 2010 VSA Arts International Festival, an international and multicultural event celebrating the accomplishments of artists with disabilities. The Conference will be also hosting a Career Development forum to assist artists with disabilities as they pursue their careers. Available in pdf (9 pages, 1.18 MB). Deadline for submissions: May 29, 2009.

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The Resource Zone

Other National Resources


A Developmental Perspective for High School Practitioners on College and Workplace Readiness PDF document
This brief identifies gaps in current high school curricula, suggests how high schools can modify curricula to help students attain the skills they need, and highlights practices that are particularly effective for students facing specific challenges. Available in pdf (6 pages, 2.04 MKB).


A Developmental Perspective on Workplace Readiness: Preparing High School Students for Success  (April 2009) PDF document
This brief highlights specific competencies in the areas of social, cognitive, and psychological development that research has identified as necessary for a person to become a valued and skilled employee and identifies strategies high schools can use to help young adults develop these competencies. Available in pdf (6 pages, 2.05 MKB).


Accelerated Learning for All: How Access to College Courses Can Help Struggling Students Graduate from High School and Succeed in College and Work Materials  (March 2009)
The Accelerated Learning for All forum highlighted the Early College High School Initiative and the Gateway to College program and focused on the challenges of early college high schools, policies and practices to overcome those challenges, and the implications of these experiences for national and federal efforts to improve America’s schools.


Autism Spectrum Disorders: Knowledge Path  (April 2009)
The new edition of the knowledge path, an electronic guide to resources produced by the MCH Library, contains information on Web sites, publications, distance learning resources, databases, and social media. The knowledge path is intended for use by health professionals, educators, researchers, policymakers, and families and will be updated periodically.


Being a Friend Helps  (January 2009) PDF document
SAMHSA's has released a brochure in (also available in Spanish) that gives advice on how to provide support and friendship to people living with mental illnesses. Available in pdf (8 pages, 1.03 MB).


Career-Focused Services for Students with Disabilities at Community Colleges  (March 2009) PDF document
Case Study Report
Prepared by NCWD/Youth and Workforce strategy Center, this case study report examines the efforts of community colleges to function as intermediaries in meeting the local workforce development needs of employers. It identifies promising practice models of collaboration between career services and disability student services to promote career opportunities and job attainment for students with disabilities. Available in pdf (81 pages, 412 KB).


Cities in Crisis: Closing the Graduation Gap: Educational and Economic Conditions in America’s Largest Cities  (April 2009)
A report from America's Promise Alliance shows that while the nation's dropout rate is abysmal - one in four of all American kids fails to graduate - some cities with dire records have made great progress. The study, which looked at data from 1995 to 2005, found that 13 cities saw double-digit improvement in their graduation rates, with Philadelphia; Tucson, AZ; and Kansas City, MO, boosting rates by 20% or more. Still, urban districts in general struggle with daunting statistics: On average, only half the kids graduate in the 50 biggest U.S. cities, according to the report. Available in pdf (33 pages, 1.76 MB).


Coalition for Student Achievement’s Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success  (April 2009)
The Coalition for Student Achievement, convened in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and composed of 50 national organizations, has issued “Smart Options: Investing the Recovery Funds for Student Success,” recommending that governors, state school officers, superintendents, and other education leaders invest federal stimulus dollars to improve student performance by: (1) developing national standards for evidence-based, college- and career-ready testing; (2) producing comprehensive data on what works for students that educators, policymakers, and parents can use; (3) clear, differentiated systems to evaluate teachers meaningfully; (4) turning around low-performing schools by providing new, quality education options; and (5) helping struggling students by providing targeted interventions in reading, writing, and mathematics.


Culture Card: A Guide to Build Cultural Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native  (January 2009) PDF document
This guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services to American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Available in pdf (4 pages, 1.04 MB).


Disabilities and Reading: Understanding the Effects of Disabilities and Their Relationship to Reading Instruction and Assessment  (March 2009)
This report from the Partnership for Accessible Reading Assessment (PARA) is intended to provide common ground on the issues surrounding reading and students with various disabilities to facilitate discussion of accessible reading assessment. The information in this report was obtained through a review of literature and Web sites of national agencies and organizations, along with input and feedback from professionals in disability and provides: (1) an overview of the characteristics of students with each disability, (2) a description of common approaches to reading instruction for students with each disability, and (3) assessment approaches and issues in assessing reading for students with each disability.

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What's Happening

Other National Events


Education Stimulus: A Progress Report
Web-based Event
May 21, 2009
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Eastern)
Two Education Week reporters who have been covering the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act since its inception, Alyson Klein and Michele McNeil, will look at the law’s promise for education and the progress made as schools are start to get their first checks from the initial round of federal stimulus funding. They will discuss such questions as: What tripwires have schools faced so far in securing and sustainably spending the money as the U.S. Department of Education suggests? How have school districts responded to the surge of funding for Title I, professional development, and IDEA? As educators prepare for the next wave of funding, what lessons can they draw from the past three months? Free registration available at the Web site.

Inclusive Schools Network Webinar: Paraprofessional Supports in Inclusive Schools: Research, Practices, and Alternatives
Web-based Event
May 27, 2009
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
Paraprofessionals have emerged as a key resource for supporting students with a range of disabilities in general education classrooms. This webinar, with Michael Giangreco, Ph.D., will provide an overview of research on providing paraprofessional supports in inclusive classrooms, including a look at key national data on the use of paraprofessionals and related special education service delivery. Participants will examine issues such as over-reliance on paraprofessionals and explore a series of alternatives that schools can consider. The session will be interactive, providing opportunities for participants to ask questions and engage in discussion.

Use of National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) Database for Research and Policy Discussion

July 14, 2009 - July 16, 2009
The National Center for Special Education Research (NCSER), within the Institute of Education Sciences, will sponsor a 3-day advanced studies seminar on the use of the National Longitudinal Transition Study 2 (NLTS2) database. The NLTS2 is designed to support research on a wide range of topics pertaining to youth with disabilities as they move from secondary school into adult roles.

Global Access: Opening a World of Opportunity
July 20, 2009 - July 25, 2009
Louisville, KY
The theme of AHEAD’s 2009 conference, in Louisville, KY, is “Global Access: Opening a World of Opportunity,” offering a wide variety of pre-conference, plenary, and concurrent sessions, as well as networking and social opportunities.

Students with ASD in Schools and Communities

August 10, 2009 - August 13, 2009
Durham, NH
11th Annual Autism Summer Institute: Evidence-Based Practices for Supporting The Autism Summer Institute’s goal is to provide strength-based perspectives about students with Autism Spectrum Differences (ASD) to improve the quality of education in inclusive settings. Participants will gain knowledge and skills to evaluate and select supports and strategies based on research evidence that will enhance the full participation of students with ASD in their schools and communities. The Institute includes keynote presentations, breakout sessions, and “home” work groups. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Web site
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Web site proposes a broader definition of achievement and accountability that promotes the development of children who are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.


AUCD Launches Interdisciplinary Technical Assistance Center (ITAC) Web Site
ITAC’s Web site provides up-to-date information and news related to the interdisciplinary training of professionals in autism and developmental disabilities. The resources section provides a wealth of materials and links for individuals and programs. Also included in the site are events, funding opportunities, links to MCHB and the State Public Health Autism Resource Center, and a directory of CAAI-funded training programs.


E-Learn Web site Offers GED Support
The E-Learn, Inc., Web site has numerous free articles and information developed to support learners preparing for the GED and the networks that serve them. The articles include frequently asked questions, GED eligibility, study skills, test tips, scores, and how to get motivated and manage test anxiety. Articles also address GED benefits and resources, from where to take tests and why they're valuable, to guides for finding financial aid and support.


Institute for Community Inclusion Launches Webpage Capturing Promising Employment Practices
The Institute for Community Inclusion has new information on its Web site on the integrated employment opportunities expanding for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. The site is designed to increase communication and broaden perceptions about improving employment outcomes at the system level.


New Web site for College-bound Students with Disabilities
This Web site has been developed to help high school students learn about college living with a disability. The site provides video clips, activities, and resources that can help students get started in planning for college. Video interviews with college students with disabilities offer firsthand experiences from students with disabilities who have been successful. Modules include activities that help students explore more about themselves, learn what to expect from college, and examine important considerations and tasks to complete when planning for college.

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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


2009 CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Grants
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust focuses primarily on supporting charitable organizations that make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. Resources are also allocated to help support organizations focused on providing healthcare to the uninsured. Deadline: June 15, 2009.


Amgen/NSTA: New Science Teacher Academy
The New Science Teacher Academy is a professional development initiative created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence, and improve teacher content knowledge. Maximum award: program expenses. Eligibility: middle or high school science teachers entering their second or third year of teaching, working a schedule with 51% of their classes in science. Deadline: May 30, 2009.


Campbell, Inc: Labels for Education
The Labels for Education Program gives schools free educational equipment in exchange for labels from Campbell products. Maximum award: varies. Eligibility: Schools or parents can coordinate label drives to raise resources for schools. Deadline: N/A.


CVS: Caremark Community Grants
The CVS Caremark Community Grants program awards funds to nonprofit organizations for programs targeting children with disabilities; programs focusing on health and rehabilitation services; public schools promoting a greater level of inclusion in student activities and extracurricular programs, and initiatives that give greater access to physical movement and play. Additionally, some contributions are made to organizations that provide uninsured individuals with needed care, in particular programs where the care received is of high quality and delivered by providers who participate in accountable community health care programs. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: public schools with programs for children under age 18 with disabilities. Deadline: October 31, 2009.


Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award PDF document
The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement and develop 21st century skills. Maximum award: $2,500. Eligibility: All K-12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada. Available in pdf (2 pages, 517 KB). Deadline: June 15, 2009.


Nature of Learning Grant Program Offers Support for Outdoor classroom Programs
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting applications from organizations interested in initiating a Nature of Learning program in their communities. This program is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System’s community-based environmental education initiative. It uses National Wildlife Refuges as outdoor classrooms to promote a understanding of local conservation issues, encourage an interdisciplinary approach to learning, and connect classroom lessons to real world issues through field experiences and student-led stewardship projects. First year start-up grants are available for up to $10,000. Second year follow-up grants of up to $5,000 are available to support continued implementation of the Nature of Learning program. Matching contributions are not required, but preference will be given to applications that leverage the grant award with contributions from project partners. Deadline: June 15, 2009.


Project Ignition
Sponsored by the National Youth Leadership Council and State Farm, Project Ignition invites teams of high school students, teachers, and community program leaders to create innovative service-learning projects that promote teen driver safety. Grants will be awarded to a maximum of 25 programs. The grantees’ school will receive a $2,000 grant to implement their program in the fall. Teams will then conduct their projects and submit a portfolio of their work for judging. Deadline: June 30, 2009.


Public Welfare Foundation Grants for Organizations in Disadvantaged Communities
The Public Welfare Foundation supports organizations that address human needs in disadvantaged communities, with emphasis on organizations that include service, advocacy, and empowerment in their approach. The Foundation provides both general support and project-specific grants. Maximum award: $50,000. Eligibility: public and private entities, including nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations. The foundation is currently focusing on three program areas: criminal and juvenile justice, health reform, and workers' rights. Deadline: July 29, 2009.


Target Stores Accepting Applications for Arts, Literacy, and Family Violence Prevention Grants
Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to nonprofits, schools, libraries, and public agencies working to improve the lives of children and families through arts (making the arts accessible to children and families through activities such as school touring programs, field trips to the theater or symphony, and artist's residencies and workshops in schools), early childhood (birth-age nine) reading, and violence prevention programs (e.g., parenting classes and family counseling). Applicants may be 501(c)(3) organizations or schools, libraries, or public agencies. Target accepts grant applications only online. Deadline: May 31, 2009.


Travelocity’s Travel for Good Volunteer Travel Opportunities
Travelocity’s Travel for Good offers funding quarterly for its Change Ambassadors Grant to help support Americans who wish to travel to participate in volunteer opportunities (volunteer vacations). Two grants of $5,000 each will be awarded to individuals or groups going on volunteer vacations; applicants must demonstrate a previous commitment to volunteering and financial need. Deadline: not applicable.

Scholarships and Awards


American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program-2009-2010
AAHD created the AAHD Scholarship Program to support students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education. Preference will be given to students who plan to pursue undergraduate/graduate studies in public health, health promotion, or disability studies, to include disability policy and disability research. As 2009 is the first year of the scholarship program, funds are limited and we anticipate that scholarships will be competitive. Scholarships will be limited to under $1,000. Deadline: October 15, 2009.

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