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June 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
The U.S. Department of Education will work with the Council for Excellence in Government on this new initiative to explore how the Department can most effectively advance evidence-based approaches to federal education policy. The new Coalition has a mission to promote government policymaking based on rigorous evidence of program effectiveness. It will specifically address how the Department can most effectively use statutory and policy authority to promote rigorous evaluation of education programs and strategies, and to ensure that program funds support research-proven educational activities.

Legislative Announcements


Progress Report on Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities
The New Freedom Initiative is the President's comprehensive plan to reduce barriers to full community integration for people with disabilities. This report provides an overview of the administration's accomplishments through the first year of the New Freedom Initiative and provides a look at some of the next steps to come, including a number of commitments from the Department of Health and Human Services.


Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in US Airways v. Barnett
In an April 2002 ruling the U.S. Supreme Court narrowed the reach of the ADA in the context of employment. The case, U.S. Airways v. Barnett, demonstrates that employees with disabilities are not always entitled to premium assignments intended for more senior workers. The high court found that although the Act forbids job discrimination against people with disabilities and requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations, there are "special circumstances" that make exceptions reasonable.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Age of Majority: Preparing Your Child for Making Good Choices  (May 2002)
NCSET Parent Brief
This brief stresses the importance of involving young people in setting their own high school goals and planning for their transition to adulthood. It outlines significant considerations parents face in helping their children reach the age of majority, including development of decision-making skills, understanding transfer of rights, and issues related to guardianship.


Supporting Youth with Disabilities Across Secondary School, Postsecondary School, and Employment  (March 2002)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
Includes annotated presenter papers on topics ranging from supporting individuals with severe disabilities in fully-included settings to supporting youth with disabilities in postsecondary education and employment, the results of online and group discussion around these topics, and recommendations for policy, practice, and research.


The Olmstead Decision and Services for Youth with Disabilities in Community Settings  (March 2002)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of NCSET teleconference call held on March 21, 2002. Presented by Robert "Bobby" Silverstein, J.D., Director, Center for the Study and Advancement of Disability Policy; Deborah Leuchovius, National Coordinator, Technical Assistance on Transition and the Rehabilitation Act, PACER Center; and Dixie Jordan, Families and Advocates Partnership for Education, Co-Director, PACER Center.

Other National Resources


A Guide to Making Documents Accessible to People who are Blind or Visually Impaired  (2002)
Resource Guide
A comprehensive discussion about how to make print and electronic information available to people with visual impairments in a variety of accessible formats, including large print, Braille, or computer technology with synthetic speech or refreshable Braille. A particularly useful resource for providers, software producers, people with blindness or visual impairments, and business owners interested in providing accessible services. Produced by Jennifer Sutton for the American Council of the Blind.


Addressing Over-Representation of African American Students in Special Education: The Prereferral Intervention Process, An Administrator's Guide  (2002)
Provides administrators with a general understanding of the overrepresentation in and inappropriate referral of African American students to special education. This easy to use guide describes promising approaches, gives suggestions for involving families, and includes easy to use checklists containing recommendations, and resources and references for further study. Administrators and others will find this resource invaluable. Available in PDF format (370 kb, 53 pages).


Applied Leadership for Effective Coalitions  (February 2001)
Resource Guide
Perfect for readers interested in obtaining information on the design or redesign of leadership development and coalition building, as well as specifically disability-related coalitions. The recommendations and findings in this guide will prove to be invaluable for promoting a more inclusive society through leadership and coalition.


Assessing Assessment: Are Alternative Methods Making the Grade?  (2002)
Written for parents and teachers as well as school administrators, this article clarifies some of the debate surrounding assessment, including the demonstrated effectiveness of nontraditional assessments and linking grades to standards. Provides best practices and lessons learned in nontraditional assessment, including strategies for parent and family involvement, uses of technology, and creative responses to concerns about time and efficiency. Written by John Franklin and published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.


Fun and Leisure: Principles for Adapting Activities in Recreation Programs and Settings
Discusses key guidelines necessary for adapting recreation programs and activities. Creative adaptations are suggested in the areas of materials and equipment, rules of the activity or game, procedural and skill sequence, and facility, environmental, or architectural concerns. Written by Tip Ray for the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD).


Gates to Adventure! Transition to Post Secondary Training for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students  (2002)
Training Resource
This program is designed for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, ages 14-adult. The instructional goal of the training is to enhance students' understanding of skills needed for successful transition from secondary to postsecondary education. Sponsored by the Postsecondary Education Programs Network (PEPNet).


Learning Disabilities and Career Development  (2002)
Reviews research on the career development needs of persons with learning disabilities, including employment issues and evaluations of existing career development practices. It also provides an overview of what makes for success in the process of gaining and maintaining employment. Includes links to national centers and associations, as well as text resources on learning disabilities and career development. Written by Sandra Kerka.


Parentally-Placed Students with Disabilities  (2002)
Provides an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), its regulations, and relevant case law regarding parentally-placed students with disabilities in private schools. It addresses what the rights and responsibilities under the IDEA are in identifying and providing special education services to these students. Includes reviews of early judicial decisions, an overview of early U.S. Department of Education guidance, and summaries of recent policy decisions and current IDEA requirements. Produced by the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative (USELC) and the IDEA Local Implementation by Local Administrators (ILIAD) Partnership. Available in PDF format (144 kb, 14 pages).

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


"Ticket to Work" and Transition: Making the Connection
Teleconference Call
June 27, 2002
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held June 27, 2002. "Ticket to Work" has been called "the most important legislation for persons with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)" – but do you know how it can benefit young adults with disabilities? The transcript of this call is now available.

Access, Participation, and Progress in the General K-12 Curriculum
Capacity Building Institute
July 10, 2002
Arlington, VA
This capacity building institute will provide researchers, leaders, policy makers, and national experts an opportunity to engage in a dialogue on current views, build consensus on critical issues, and generate solutions and strategies. This institute is being held in conjunction with the 2002 Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Research Project Directors’ Conference to facilitate the attendance of researchers working in areas related to accessing the general curriculum. In addition to researchers, the institute is open to other stakeholders as space permits. Presenters include Tracey Hall, Ph.D.; Margaret McLaughlin, Ph.D.; Martha Minow, Ed.M., J.D.; and David Rose, Ed.D.
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


Connect for Kids
Offers a place on the Internet for parents, grandparents, educators, policymakers, and other adults who want to become more active citizens. Users can connect with volunteer opportunities across the country and find links to youth-related organizations, foundations, and more! An award-winning multimedia project of the Benton Foundation.


ConnSENSE Bulletin: Resources for Learning with Technology
A comprehensive Web site with resources related to assistive technology for individuals with disabilities. The site includes articles, legislative updates, job openings, software reviews, and more. Users can also sign up for the ConnSense Letter, a free electronic newsletter distributed five times a year with information on the latest assistive technologies in the field.


Supports young people with and without developmental disabilities to create e-mail friendships across the country and world. Through the site, e-Buddies agree to e-mail each other at least once a week for one full year. e-Buddies is one of five friendship programs created by Best Buddies International, a nonprofit organization that works to enhance the lives of people with mental retardation. The site also includes a frequently asked questions section, training and internships, news articles, and tool kits for special education teachers and volunteers. Your Benefits Connection
This Web site is a screening tool to help potentially eligible benefit recipients or providers find government benefits that they may be eligible to receive. Although it is not a full listing of all federal assistance programs, the Web site's purpose is to provide a list of benefits potential recipients may be eligible to receive and then to provide information about how to apply for those programs. GovBenefits is the first part of the President's e-government initiative to be launched.


Kids As Self Advocates (KASA)
A national grassroots network of young people, committed to empowering other youth to advocate for themselves and others through better knowledge of disability and special health care needs and rights. The site is maintained by youth and includes news updates, links to other resources and Web sites, bulletin boards, and opportunities for young people with disabilities to be paid for written submissions to any feature on the site. A Chronicle of our Changing Era
The ultimate cross-curriculum educational resource for classroom teachers and students, containing more than 10,000 in-depth articles that have appeared in the World and I magazine since 1986. Each month, the site features a Teacher's Guide, complete with learning objectives, vocabulary, follow-up suggestions, and student activities. Access to the World and I Online archives is free until June 15, 2002! Simply log on with the Username: theworld&i and Password: enjoy.



NCPAD News -- Monthly E-Mails from the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
A monthly product of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD), the leading resource for information about organizations, programs, and facilities nationwide providing accessible physical activity and recreation. Stay up-to-date on all NCPAD's new fact sheets, monographs, and contact information by signing up for this free monthly electronic newsletter. Visit their sign-up page on the Web or send an E-mail to with this message in the body of the e-mail: SUBSCRIBE NCPAD-NEWS yourfirstname yourlastname.

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Funding Forecast

Funding Resources


Fundsnet Online Services
Dedicated to providing nonprofit organizations, colleges, and universities with information on financial resources available on the Internet. Includes region-specific grants, postings for federal competitions, and grant offerings for specific populations including youth and families, education, and disability.

Federal Grant Opportunities


Advanced Placement Incentive (API) Program - CFDA# 84.330C  (2002)
Awards competitive grants designed to increase the successful participation of low-income students in pre-advanced placement and advanced placement courses and tests. The program provides greater opportunities for low-income students to achieve to high standards in English, mathematics, science, and other core subjects. Additional long-term goals of the program are to demonstrate that larger and more diverse groups of students can participate and succeed in advanced placement programs and to increase the numbers of low-income and other disadvantaged students who receive baccalaureate and advanced degrees. Granted by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Grant deadline July 8, 2002.


Capacity Building for Traditionally Underserved Populations - CFDA#84.315  (May 9 2002)
Designed to support projects that provide training, technical assistance, or related activities to improve services provided under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, particularly focusing on services provided to individuals from minority backgrounds. Programs should enhance the capacity and increase the participation of minority entities, including institutions of higher education whose minority student enrollment is at least 50 percent. Granted by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). Grant deadline: June 24, 2002.


Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange Program - CFDA#84.304A
The Cooperative Civic Education and Economic Education Exchange Program provides grants to improve the quality of civic education through cooperative civic education exchange programs with emerging democracies. Application available: May 20, 2003. Application deadline: July 7, 2003.


Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program - CFDA# 84.206A  (2002)
The purpose of the Jacob K. Javits Gifted and Talented Students Education Program is to carry out a coordinated program of scientifically based research, demonstration projects, innovative strategies, and similar activities designed to build and enhance the ability of elementary and secondary schools nationwide to meet the special educational needs of gifted and talented students. Application available: May 20, 2003. Application deadline: July 7, 2003


Mentoring Programs - CFDA#84.184B  (May 24 2002)
This program provides assistance to promote mentoring programs for children with the greatest need that: (1) Assist these children in receiving support and guidance from a mentor; (2) improve the academic performance of the children; (3) improve interpersonal relationships between the children and their peers, teachers, other adults, and family members; (4) reduce the dropout rate of the children; and (5) reduce the children's juvenile delinquency and involvement in gangs. Granted by the U.S. Department of Education. Grant deadline: July 2, 2002.


Partnerships in Character Education - CFDA#84.215S  (May 23 2002)
Provides grants to eligible entities to assist them in designing and implementing character education programs that teach all students any of the following elements of character: caring, civic virtue and citizenship, justice and fairness, respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, or giving. The character education programs must be programs that can be integrated into classroom education. Granted by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement. Grant deadline: July 11, 2002.


Training and Information for Parents of Children with Disabilities - CFDA# 84.328M  (May 24 2002)
Ensures that parents of children with disabilities receive training and information to help improve results for their children. Granted by the U.S. Department of Education. Grant deadline: July 7, 2002.

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Educational Foundation of America (EFAW)
Gives awards nationwide to nonprofits working primarily in education, the arts, human services, and Native American issues. Projects should have a broad impact and address issues of social justice in education, and proposals emphasizing innovation and risk-taking in education, environmental protection, and student self-improvement are preferred. The Foundation welcomes letters of application at any time. Application information and guidelines are available online.


Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
Recognize students in middle and high school grades who have demonstrated exemplary community service. The award program is sponsored by the Prudential Insurance Company of America in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Young people eligible for this award should be in grades 5-12 as of the last weekday in October during the applying year, in any state, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico; and have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least partly during the twelve months prior to the date of application. Local Honorees are selected at participating organizations in November; from the winners, two State Honorees will be chosen in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In addition, ten National Honorees will be picked by a panel of prominent judges and announced at a special ceremony in Washington D.C. in May. Deadline: October 31, 2002.

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