June 2006 E-News
The latest news and information from around the country.
“Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce” is 2006 National Disability Employment Awareness Month Theme
Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao has announced that “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce” will be the official theme for October's National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The private sector; federal, state, and local governments; and advocacy organizations can use the theme to plan events and programs that showcase the abilities and skills of employees and job candidates with disabilities.
National Disability Employment Awareness Month Posters Available
The 2006 National Disability Employment Awareness Month poster is hot off the press. This year’s poster features a young man with a developmental disability utilizing office technology, and bears the theme, “Americans with Disabilities: Ready for the Global Workforce.” The U.S. Office of Disability Employment Policy’s Web site has a link to a downloadable version of the poster. To obtain printed copies, contact Carol Dunlap at email@example.com. National Disability Employment Awareness Month is observed in October.
U.S. Employment & Training Administration Expands Delivery of Youth Services Under WIA to Include Youth with Disabilities
On May 9, 2006, Emily Stover DeRocco, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment & Training Administration (ETA), sent a notice to all State Workforce Liaisons and State Workforce Agencies to inform them of “the expansion of ETA’s strategic vision to serve out-of-school and our most at-risk youth, including Indian and Native American youth and youth with disabilities under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).” This new emphasis on youth with disabilities served under WIA is your opportunity to become more involved in helping your One-Stop systems more effectively include and serve youth with disabilities.
Calls to Participate
College Juniors and Seniors and Grad Students: Apply for a U.S. State Department Internship
Applications for the U.S. State Department’s 2007 Spring Student Internship Program are now being accepted. Paid and unpaid internships are available. Interns work in Washington, DC and in embassies overseas. Application deadline: July 3, 2006.
Join the National Agenda for Action to Close America’s Mentoring Gap
This new national campaign from MENTOR aims to close the “mentoring gap” between the roughly 3 million American children and youth with mentors and the 15 million who need mentors. The National Agenda for Action identifies 21 action items focused on five strategic solutions: generate adequate and sustainable funding, foster a culture of mentoring, safeguard program quality, elevate the role of research, and build necessary infrastructure. MENTOR asks you to “Read this agenda, study it, and consider what you can do. Then, act.”
Kids with Disabilities Ages 5-18: Enter a Poster Contest
Isabelle’s Kids, a new national initiative of United Cerebral Palsy to advocate for and empower children and youth with disabilities, is sponsoring a poster contest for kids ages 5-18 with any disability. The theme is “Life Without Limits for People with Disabilities.” The top artist will win a $500 savings bond, and their winning poster will appear in a print advertisement for Isabelle’s Kids in a fall issue of Ability Magazine. Second and third place winners will receive savings bonds of $250 and $100, respectively. Entry deadline: August 1, 2006.
Provide Feedback on Your Experience with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The national network of ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers, also known as DBTACs, seeks comments on experiences with the ADA—specifically, in employment, building access, and access to public services. This feedback will help the Centers identify training gaps and issues needing increased technical assistance. Visit their on-line form and share what has worked for you, what barriers you still encounter, and how the ADA has made a difference in your life. The survey is brief and confidential.
Submit a Manuscript for a Monograph on Diversity and the Postsecondary Experience
The University of Minnesota’s Center for Research on Developmental Education and Urban Literacy (CRDEUL) is seeking manuscripts for a monograph that will feature theory, research, and best practices focused on the opportunities, nature, and impact of diversity in higher education. Priority will be given to manuscripts that address perspectives of student populations traditionally underrepresented and underserved in postsecondary education. Submission deadline: August 21, 2006.
Submit a Session Proposal for the National Accountability Conference on Special Education and Early Intervention
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The Regional Resource and Federal Centers, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, the National Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center, and the National Center on Special Education Accountability Monitoring are soliciting session proposals for the National Accountability Conference on Special Education and Early Intervention (formerly the National Monitoring Conference), to be held in Denver on September 18-19, 2006. The purpose of the conference is “to improve results for children and families through dissemination of effective planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies which address SPP/APR indicators and other state indices.” Proposal submission deadline: June 30, 2006.
The Resource Zone
Other National Resources
2005 Disability Legislative Summaries
The National Conference of State Legislatures maintains a Web page that highlights state-level legislation related to five disability topics: assistive technology, education, employment, Medicaid buy-in, and Olmstead/independent living. It summarizes and gives the status of each bill listed and provides a link to enacted bills. The page now includes legislation from the 2005 legislative sessions.
Building Blocks to Electronic Communication: A Rubric for School Web Development and Management
School communication officials have lacked standards for publishing and managing school Web sites, and as a result, many schools have invested in Web sites and other electronic communication strategies that offer limited functionality and do little to improve their communication efforts. Nationally recognized experts in electronic school communication Elliott Levine and Nora Carr have developed a rubric for school Web sites. By addressing content, security, functionality, and interaction, this model lays the groundwork for standardization of functionality and needs for K-12 school officials nationwide. Available in PDF (6 pages, 59 KB).
CD-ROM of College Students with Disabilities Ready for Summer and Full-Time Employment
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities has made available a free CD-ROM with the names of 1,900 qualified, highly motivated college students with disabilities seeking temporary or permanent jobs. Employers can search the database by state or by job category. Searches will generate candidate profiles, which include academic and demographic data, contact information, and recruiter comments. To obtain a copy of the CD-ROM, send your name, company name, and mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion Board: Children with Disabilities
Discussion Board Transcript
From January 12-May 5, 2006, young people from around the world discussed how to protect the rights of children with disabilities and to ensure that they enjoy the same opportunities as other children on a discussion board of UNICEF’s Voices of Youth initiative. A four-page summary of their discussion is now available in Word and PDF formats.
Forgotten Children: A Case for Action for Children and Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care
This report from United Cerebral Palsy and Children’s Rights reveals that at least one-third of the more than 500,000 children and youth in the American foster care system today may have disabilities. It asserts that state foster care systems have largely failed to address the unique needs of these children and youth and the families who care for them. The report summarizes and analyzes of a range of data and research literature, and provides an unprecedented review of how foster care systems serve children and youth with disabilities. Available in PDF (12 pages, 168 KB).
Guidance and Career Counselors’ Toolkit: Advising High School Students with Disabilities on Postsecondary Options
This toolkit from the HEATH Resource Center at The George Washington University is intended to help guidance and career counselors better assist high school students with disabilities as they transition from high school into postsecondary education and employment. It includes tools for counseling students with disabilities as well as information on services and strategies for students with disabilities; college, career, and other postsecondary options; and procedural concerns for successful transitions. Available in PDF (192 pages, 1.3 MB).
Innovative Approaches in Civil Rights and Education: The Link Between Data-Driven Decisionmaking and Promising Practices
On May 24, 2006, the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Civil Rights Working Group held a forum about the links between data-driven decisionmaking and promising practices in the effort to close the student achievement gap. The event was designed to facilitate relationships between the education and civil rights communities. It provided an in-depth illustration of specific data-driven decision making initiatives and their connection to ensuring that every child graduates prepared for postsecondary education, work, and life success. Audio from the event, a written event summary, PowerPoint presentations, and other materials are available online.
It’s My Life: Postsecondary Education and Training
This guide from Casey Family Programs provides special education teachers, social workers, child welfare administrators, tutors, mentors, and advocates with valuable strategies and resources for helping students prepare for college and be successful in it, with an emphasis on students from foster care, students with disabilities, and independent students. However, the guide is useful for working with any students who need guidance and assistance to prepare for and be successful in college. Available in PDF (176 pages, .9 MB).
Knowledge Paths from the Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University
The Georgetown University Maternal and Child Health Library have created 20 “Knowledge Paths”—Web pages which include links to Web sites, electronic publications, databases, and discussion groups, as well as citations for journal articles and other print resources. Knowledge Path topics include Adolescent Violence Prevention; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment services; locating community-based services; and racial and ethnic health disparities. Information specific to children and adolescents is available on Knowledge Paths on asthma, health insurance and access to care, special health care needs, diabetes, and mental health. A listing of health resources in Spanish is also available.
Learning from Small-scale Experimental Evaluations of After School Programs
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This brief from the Harvard Family Research Project reviews findings from rigorous, experimental evaluations of after-school programs that are smaller or more local in scope than the national evaluations usually examined in the literature. Although they are often overlooked, these evaluations can provide valuable information for practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and others interested in investing in, conducting, and evaluating out-of-school-time programs.
Other National Events
Schools on the Right Track: Mathson Middle School
June 7, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California middle school which made a 164 point gain on California’s Academic Performance Index over the last three years and moved from a statewide decile ranking of 1 to 5. A teacher from the school will discuss the school’s extensive staff collaboration around data and changes to their instructional program that have turned around achievement. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.
Districts on the Right Track: Napa Valley Unified School District
June 21, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific)
Participants in this interactive event offered by WestEd’s SchoolsMovingUp initiative will learn about a California school district which revamped its school support model, resulting in a 25-point gain on the state’s Academic Performance Index district-wide and improvement in more than 90% of district schools. The district’s Assistant Superintendent of Instruction will discuss its focus on establishing a clear vision, its action plan to build collaboration, and its expanded role in continuous improvement efforts. Participation in this event is free, but registration is required.
Workforce Innovations 2006: Regional Strategies…Global Results: Talent Driving Prosperity
July 11, 2006 - July 13, 2006
This conference, co-sponsored by the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the American Society for Training & Development, will explore the important role of workforce professionals in meeting the national challenge of global competition. Federal, state, and local government officials; association and non-profit executives; and business leaders involved with the workforce investment system, education, and economic development are encouraged to attend.
Charting the Course for Change: Association on Higher Education and Disability Conference
July 17, 2006 - July 22, 2006
San Diego, CA
The Association on Higher Education and Disability conference is the most important professional development opportunity in the field of disability and higher education. This year’s conference will focus on transitions: from high school to college, from 2-year to 4-year colleges, and from private to public schools.
The School of the 21st Century’s National Training Institute
July 17, 2006 - July 18, 2006
New Haven, CT
The School of the 21st Century at Yale is hosting its first-ever National Training Institute for school and district administrators, directors of School of the 21st Century initiatives and family resource centers, school board members, policymakers, and others interested in topics including closing the achievement gap, best practices in early education, the link between emotional intelligence and academic achievement, smart spending and funding strategies, after-school programming, school success, and behavior. Participants will be able to interact with noted educators and researchers.
ADA 16th Anniversary Town Hall Meeting and Seminar: A National Dialogue on the State of Disability
July 26, 2006
The National Council on Disability and its federal partners will hold this town hall meeting and seminar to observe the 16th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This meeting is open to the public and free of charge, but space is limited. The event will also be Webcast and archived for later viewing. For more information, please contact Mark Quigley at email@example.com.
Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference
August 3, 2006 - August 6, 2006
The Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) conference is the annual gathering of ADA/504 Coordinators and Accessibility Managers in the cultural arts. Participants will engage in an open dialogue with representatives from the Disability Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, share ideas and learn about successful practices in other arts organizations and cultural institutions, learn about best practices and how to develop sound policies, and participate in discussions with leaders in the field. Sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Career Development: Using Principles of Discovery and Career Enhancement
August 8, 2006 - August 22, 2006
This 2-week Web-based training course from TRN will focus on developing career goals through innovative vocational assessment, career development skills, and vocational profiling. Topics will include principles of career planning (including self-determination, person-centered planning, and discovery to develop career goals), vocational assessment (including job shadowing, Web-based assessments, interest inventories, workplace audits, and situational assessments), career development (including building confidence through enhancing job-seeking skills, appearance, interviewing, and skills portfolios), and vocational profiles (including developing career goals, future statements, and résumé building).
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Alternative Financing Technical Assistance Project
The Alternative Financing Technical Assistance Project is a project of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Alternative Financing Programs help people with disabilities overcome financial obstacles to accessing assistive technology. The Project’s Web site provides information on state AT loan programs, Telework funding and resources, lending statistics of loan programs, success stories, resources for your state’s loan program, and links.
IncludingAllKids.org: Beyond Participation
IncludingAllKids.org was created by Easter Seals, with funding from the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation (MEAF), to assist youth organizations in actively engaging youth of all abilities. The site includes materials to help users make the case for inclusion, answer questions about inclusion, understand the laws regarding inclusion, improve recruitment of people of all abilities, evaluate their organization’s inclusion, and draw on best practices in inclusion.
E-Newsletters (Guidance Channel Online)
The Guidance Channel Online offers five free e-newsletters, including The Guidance Channel Monthly Update, The Counselor’s Classroom, Dr. Playwell’s Newsletter (published 2002-2004), FYI From Wellness, and the ProvenEffective.com newsletter (published 2001-2003), which provides an update on developments in educational standards, funding, research, legal matters, and other issues related to effective educational programs.
E-Newsletters: Assessment, Project-Based Learning, Social & Emotional Learning, Technology Integration (Edutopia)
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Edutopia, produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, produces five free weekly e-newsletters: the original Edutopia News (last published Spring 2004) and four topic-specific publications: Assessment, Project-Based Learning, Social & Emotional Learning, and Technology Integration. These newsletters are quick-to-read resources for news, opportunities, and inspiring stories from the front lines of K-12 education. They provide concise editorial highlights from other news sources, information on grants and other resources, and links to what’s new on edutopia.org.
Where to Turn: A Funding Guide for Nonprofits and Families Serving Children with Disabilities in Foster Care
This series of state-specific guides to grants and other resources is intended to help United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) affiliates and other organizations initiate or enhance programs and projects that address the unique needs of children and youth with disabilities in foster care. It is also intended to help foster families, birth families, adoptive families, and advocates connect to resources that might benefit children and youth with disabilities in foster care. It may also serve as a general guide to disability funding resources for a variety of purposes.
Federal Grant Opportunities
FY 2007 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program from the U.S. Office of Justice Programs
The U.S. Office of Justice Programs’ Community Capacity Development Office has released its FY 2007 Weed and Seed Communities Competitive Program Guide and Application Kit. The guidelines are designed to help applicants define community problems and their program responses more effectively and to foster a manageable scope of work. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the U.S. Department of Justice. The Notice of Intent must be postmarked by June 29, 2006.
Additional Funding and Award Opportunities
American Legion Child Welfare Foundation Grants
The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is accepting proposals from nonprofit organizations for projects that meet one of the Foundation’s two basic missions: 1) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and/or programs designed to benefit youth; and 2) to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge already possessed by established organizations so that such information can be more adequately used by society. Application deadline: July 15, 2006.
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
K-12 teachers are eligible for grants of $250-$2,500 for the funding of hands-on environmental projects. Proposed projects must promote understanding of environmental issues, focus on hands-on involvement, involve children and young adults ages 6-18 (elementary through high school), promote interaction and cooperation within the group, help young people develop planning and problem solving skills, include adult supervision, and commit to follow-up communication with the Foundation. Application deadline: June 30, 2006.
Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Innovation Fund: International Experiences, Foreign Language Immersion
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Innovation Fund provides one-time grants to nonprofit organizations to spark the creation or expansion of innovative education programs in a particular field. For its 2007 grants, the Foundation invites proposals in two areas: educational experiences occurring abroad, and foreign-language immersion programs located in the U.S. or abroad. Each grant will total up to $150,000 and may cover one or two years of program work. The Foundation anticipates awarding three grants, which will be announced in January 2007. Application deadline: June 29, 2006.
U.S. Golf Association Grants
Through its “For the Good of the Game” initiative, the U.S. Golf Association provides grants to organizations that introduce the game of golf to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity—specifically, kids from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and individuals with disabilities. Grants support instructional programs, caddie or other work-based curricula, and the construction of facilities that make the game both more affordable and accessible as well as teach individuals the life values inherent in the game. Application deadline: July 7, 2006.
Scholarships and Awards
Freedom Alliance Scholarships
Freedom Alliance Scholarships provide a one-year undergraduate scholarship to dependent sons and daughters of soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen who have been killed or permanently disabled (100% VA disability rating) in the line of duty, or who are currently classified as Prisoners of War (POW) or Missing in Action (MIA). High school seniors and graduates, and registered undergraduates at accredited colleges or post high school vocational/technical institutions who are sons or daughters of such service people are eligible to apply. Application deadline: July 31, 2006.
Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation
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The Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation is given each year to three U.S. nonprofit organizations in recognition of innovative existing programs that have made a difference in the lives of the people they serve. Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation—change that creates a new dimension of performance—is key to consideration for the award. The award is accompanied by an unrestricted cash prize of $25,000 with two runner-up prizes: $5,000 and $2,500. Application deadline: August 15, 2006.
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