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September 2002 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


Project Lead
An exemplary self-determination program that allows high-school students to "own" the responsibility for their education and to advocate for themselves and for other students with disabilities. Weekly support sessions and mentoring teach high-school students with learning disabilities self-awareness techniques and knowledge about disabilities.


Supporting Youth Success: NCSET Launches New Web Site
Information on the new NCSET site, as outlined in the Institute on Community Integration’s staff newsletter, “FYI.”

Legislative Announcements


Secretary Thompson Announces Creation of the HHS Office on Disability
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced the creation of the HHS Office on Disability to oversee the coordination, development, and implementation of programs and special initiatives within HHS that impact people with disabilities. Press release online.


U.S. Senate Subcommittee Restores Supported Employment Funding

The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education recommended that the Projects with Industry Program and the Supported Employment Program, which were recommended by the Administration to be consolidated into Title I, maintain their individualized funding at the 2002 levels, and not be consolidated into Title I. The level funding recommended for the Supported Employment Program was $38,152,000. The House Appropriations Subcommittee has yet to act on the bill, which because of time constraints, may not occur until the fall.

Calls to Participate


Call for Papers: 15th Annual Postsecondary Disability Training Institute (PTI)
This year’s Institute, sponsored by the Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability, will be held June 3-7, 2003 at the Mystic Marriott hotel and Spa in Mystic, Connecticut. Proposals for presentations including five hour Strands and two hour Single Sessions to enhance the skills of professionals working with college students with disabilities are due no later than November 30, 2002.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Assessment  (2002)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores assessment, which is the process of collecting and analyzing information through tests to show policymakers how well the nation's educational system is doing. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


2006 Red Book on Employment Support  (2006)
A Summary Guide to Employment Support available to People with Disabilities under the Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income Programs.


Afterschool Alert Issue Briefs: “Afterschool and Service-Learning” and “Community Service and Volunteerism”  (June 2002)
These two Issue Briefs were created by the Afterschool Alliance in order to foster afterschool programs' involvement in service-learning and community service. They give readers a quick idea of how afterschool programs can intersect with service. In just two pages the briefs cite research, give concrete examples, and provide compelling quotes. These are great resources for "making the case for service" to partners or other stakeholders who need more information. PDF versions (38k, 2 pages and 39k, 2 pages) available for downloading.


Health Services Research for Children with Disabilities  (June 2002)
The author of this article, published in The Millbank Quarterly, shares that although growing numbers of children and adolescents have long-term disabilities, they are often excluded from health services research. The article also describes some of the health services research currently being conducted on child and adolescent disability and identifies key issues for developing health services investigations in these areas. Abstract available on the Web.


Profile of Undergraduates in U.S. Postsecondary Institutions: 1999-2000  (2000)
Provides a detailed statistical overview of the approximately 16.5 million undergraduates enrolled in all U.S. postsecondary institutions in 1999-2000. Preceding the detailed statistical tables is a discussion of the undergraduate population's diversity and the possible impact of this diversity on persistence in postsecondary education. There are sections specifically related to students with disabilities and disability is imbedded throughout the report. Published by the National Center for Education Statistics. Available only as a PDF file (624 KB, 185 pages).


Section 8 Made Simple: Using the Housing Choice Voucher Program to Assist People with Disabilities  (July 2001)
Helps individuals with disabilities find housing through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. It discusses eligibility, the waiting-list process, screening and verification, determining tenant payments, getting and keeping a voucher, reasonable accommodations, and homeownership assistance. A 12-page overview of the guide is available in the TBI Tool Box at the Web site.


Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy Resources  (July 2002)
Two comprehensive bibliographies on self-determination and self-advocacy are now available on the Connecticut Special Education Resource Center (SERC) Web site. At the time of this E-News issue, they include: 1) references to journal articles, books, instructional materials, and in-service education materials; and 2) a listing of related Web sites. To download the PDF files (21 p, 177k) of this bibliography, go to the Web site and click ‘S’ and choose the heading for self-determination or self-advocacy. See numerous other bibliographies from this link as well.


Stages of Group Development for AmeriCorps and Other National Service Programs  (2002) PDF document
Depicts five stages teams and groups go through during their service year - Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, and Adjourning. Includes tips for both members and staff on how to deal with common problems and take advantage of group dynamic opportunities. PDF version (75K, 5 pages) available for downloading.


State Youth Policy: Helping All Youth to Grow Up Fully Prepared and Fully Engaged  (June 2002) PDF document
This new paper by the Forum for Youth Investment highlights work states are doing to create state youth policy frameworks, advance youth development principles, and undertake nine critical tasks to better coordinate and align state youth policies. PDF version (1.19 MB, 44 pages) available for downloading.


What Factors Lead to Successful Inclusive High School Classrooms?  (2002)
Researchers at the University of Minnesota identified characteristics of successful inclusive high school classrooms, among which active student engagement in academic learning, little time spent exhibiting competing responses, students being the focus of teacher attention, and having teachers spend more than three-quarters of their time focusing on and preparing students for learning are foremost. The data were collected in schools chosen by a national advisory panel as part of the OSEP- funded Beacons of Excellence Projects.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR): Improving Reading Comprehension Skills
Teleconference Call
September 17, 2002
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
NCSET teleconference call held on September 17, 2002 to discuss Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR), a reading comprehension practice that combines modified reciprocal teaching with cooperative learning. Presenters shared about the elements of CSR, how CSR is taught to students and used in the classroom, and the impact of CSR on students with disabilities. The transcript of this call is now available.
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


Center for Adolescent and Family Studies
Advances the understanding of the psychological, biological, and social features of normal adolescence. The Center serves as a resource of timely information and engages in the generation of original research about adolescent transition. This site includes information about upcoming events, an adolescence directory online, Web sites for parents, practical advice for teachers that want to enhance the social/emotional growth of their students, a teacher’s guide to the Internet, and more.


Center for an Accessible Society: Disability Issues Information for Journalists
A national organization designed to focus public attention on disability and independent living issues by disseminating information developed through the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) funded research to promote independent living. The Web site contains a wealth of information on different disability-related topics as well as links to more information and an E-news letter.


Correctional Education Library
The Office on Vocational and Adult Education provides an online library on correctional education issues. The library contains a number of online articles on this topic.


National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult (NCWD/Adult)
NCWD has launched a new-and-improved Web site. Consult the Quick Directory for over 130 articles on workforce and disability issues – designing access for all, policy analysis, helping customers find jobs – or learn more about NCWD training and consultation services.


National Service Inclusion Project (NSIP)
NSIP builds connections between disability organizations and state commissions, offices, and service programs. Their Web site offers useful information, such as Frequently Asked Questions on Etiquette, Recruitment, National Service Benefits and Federal Aid, and more.

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Funding Forecast

Federal Grant Opportunities


Assistive Technology Act (AT Act) Technical Assistance Program - CFDA# 84.224B
Awards grants to entities to address issues raised by interested parties; collect data in order to provide information about assistive technology (AT) devices and services that can be used for determining policy; and provide information on increased access to AT devices, AT services and other disability-related resources. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Announced: August 12, 2002. Deadline: September 11, 2002.


College and Career Transitions Initiative (CCTI) - FDA# 84.051B
Strengthens the role of community and technical colleges in easing student transitions between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving academic performance at both the secondary and postsecondary levels. Sponsored by the Office of Vocational and Adult Education. Announced: August 12, 2002. Deadline: September 11, 2002.


Early Reading First Program - CFDA# 84.359A and 84.359B
Creates preschool centers of excellence by improving the instruction and classroom environment of early childhood programs that are located in urban or rural high-poverty communities and that serve primarily children from low-income families. Sponsored by the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Announced: June 7, 2002. Deadline: October 11, 2002.


Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers (RRTC) Program - CFDA# 84.133B
Improves the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (the Act), as amended. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Final announcement and correction: September 19, 2002. Deadline: October 29, 2002.


Research Fellowships Program - Notice Inviting Applications– CFDA# 84.133F
Builds research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research about the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Announced: August 16, 2002. Deadline: October 15, 2002.


Special Education--Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities - CFDA# 84.326B
Provides technical assistance and information--through such mechanisms as institutes, regional resource centers, clearinghouses, and programs that support States and local entities in building capacity--to (1) improve early intervention, educational, and transitional services and results for children with disabilities and their families; and (2) address systemic-change goals and priorities. Sponsored by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services; Special Education. Announced: August 9, 2002. Deadline: September 9, 2002.

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