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September 2004 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

Calls to Participate


Get Educated About the Presidential Candidates (2004)

Get educated on disability issues and policies of Republican President Bush and Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry by visiting their official Web sites, and, respectively. You may want to look specifically at the candidates' positions on health care, education, and civil rights. Also, contact your local town or city now to find out about the accessibility of your assigned polling place. Get an absentee ballot if your polling place is not accessible.


National Truancy Prevention Conference Seeks Presenters
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools seek presenters for a national truancy prevention conference on December 6-8, 2004, in Washington, DC. The conference will highlight promising and effective school-, community-, and court-based programs that rely on interagency cooperation to prevent truancy in urban, rural, suburban, and tribal communities. Participants will include juvenile justice practitioners, educators and other school personnel, judges, law enforcement officers, researchers, social services providers, health professionals, local and state policymakers, community and business leaders, and representatives from faith-based organizations and national and local youth service agencies. Presentation proposals are due 9/10/2004.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Access to the General Education Curriculum: Research-Based Interventions for High School Students with Disabilities  (August 2004)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
This teleconference discussed findings of the Institute for Academic Access (IAA), a research institute designed to develop and field-test interventions for high school students with disabilities to ensure their success in the general education curriculum. The presenter, Jean Schumaker of IAA, reviewed the results of a descriptive study of nine high schools and the educational experience of students with disabilities at those schools. She also presented the philosophy behind and components of an intervention model that is currently being tested in high schools, and research results associated with those components and the model as a whole.


Aligning School and Community Resources  (2004)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web Topic explores how state agencies and local communities can align and leverage all the resources communities offer to support young people with disabilities and their families. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.


Promising Practices in Supporting Student Development of Self-Determination Skills  (August 2004)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
This teleconference described large-scale implementation of self-determination in the state of Florida. Youth with disabilities, teachers, administrators, and parents shared (a) strategies for supporting students’ development of self-determination skills, (b) strategies for including parents/families in the self-determination process, (c) information on how self-determination is reconciled with standards-based reform, and (d) information on how self-determination changes the lives of youth with disabilities.


Putting Interagency Agreements into Action  (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  2
Interagency agreements among educational and noneducational agencies can help maximize resources and services for transitioning youth. This brief describes the components of successful interagency agreements and how they can be implemented. Information about further resources is also provided.


The Characteristics, Experiences, and Outcomes of Youth with Emotional Disturbances  (August 2004)
NCSET NLTS2 Data Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  2
This NLTS2 Data Brief takes a fresh look at selected characteristics of youth with emotional disturbances and their households that distinguish them from other youth with disabilities and/or from youth in the general population. It also describes aspects of their school histories and their current school programs and experiences, as well as indicators of their academic performance and social adjustment at school. Finally, the activities of youth with ED outside of school are highlighted.


The Emergence of Psychiatric Disabilities in Postsecondary Education  (September 2004)
NCSET Issue Brief  • Volume  3 ,  Issue  1
An unprecedented and growing number of postsecondary students report psychiatric disabilities. This brief provides a brief definition of the issue and an outline of the primary barriers such students face in completing postsecondary education. The brief also offers strategies for postsecondary professionals, recommendations, and further resources.

Other National Resources


ADD/ADHD in the Workplace  (2004)
This article discusses protection for people with ADD/ADHD under the Americans with Disabilities Act and general accommodations that have proven helpful for them.


Assistive Technology: Expanding a Universe of Opportunities  (2004)
Published by Assistive Technology News and the CTC Foundation, this directory presents the most comprehensive index of assistive technology manufacturers ever published. The directory lists hundreds of assistive technology manufacturers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia. Employers, educators, and rehabilitation workers looking for information on products benefiting speech impaired, blind, visually impaired, deaf, hearing impaired, physically challenged, and mobility challenged individuals will find it here. The directory can be purchased for $99.


Free Curriculum Commemorating 9/11  (2002)
The Families and Work Institute has created "9/11 As History," a free, multi-dimensional curriculum to help youth, parents, and educators address the commemoration of Patriot Day, the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The curriculum includes 16 age-appropriate lesson plans for preK-12 students developed by individuals and organizations with considerable expertise in addressing these issues. Adhering to national education standards, the lesson plans have been used throughout the U.S.


Guidelines for Culturally Competent Organizations and Clinical Guidelines for Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for American Indians  (May 2004)
The Minnesota Department of Human Services has published guidelines for health and human services organizations to enhance their abilities to serve individuals from diverse cultures. "Guidelines for Culturally Competent Organizations" (PDF; 109 pages) and "Clinical Guidelines for Culturally Competent Mental Health Services for American Indians" (PDF; 6 pages) are both available online.


How Urban Indian Centers Can Better Serve Clients with Disabilities  (April 2004)
Web Page
Urban Indian Centers (UICs) serve a wide range of individuals with varying needs and goals, including people with disabilities. Even though other service providers are available, many Native people prefer to visit a UIC. The latest practice guideline from the American Indian Disability Technical Assistance Center outlines ways UICs may better serve their Native American clients with disabilities.


Moving Youth from Risk to Opportunity  (2004)
"Moving Youth from Risk to Opportunity," a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, presents a picture of America's disconnected young adults, why it is so critical that effective supports be put in place, and what young adults need to succeed.


New Resources on the Olmstead Decision Five Years Later  (2004)
Five years after the Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead decision which applied the Americans with Disabilities Act to the right of individuals with disabilities to receive health care in a community-based setting, the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured released two new reports and a video examining the progress that has been made and its impact on the Medicaid program.


Reengaging Disconnected Youth Action Kit  (June 2004) PDF document
This kit contains policy and program ideas for municipal leaders and draws upon the latest research and best practices from across the nation. It includes sections on education, workforce connections, transitions, and system building for disconnected youth. Available in PDF (14 pages).


Taking the Mystery Out of Customer Service  (October 2004)
The concept has been around in for-profit businesses for awhile, but the human service world is just starting to catch on to "mystery shoppers." This evaluation technique lets agencies gather data on their consumers' experiences from the customer perspective. A new Institute on Community Inclusion brief outlines the basics and provides a sample shopper questionnaire. Available in text and PDF (6 pages).


The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking, and Curbing School Aggression Online Tutorial  (2004)
Educational Course
The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention has just completed a free online tutorial for all school personnel on school-based bullying. The tutorial, "The ABCs of Bullying: Addressing, Blocking, and Curbing School Aggression," offers CEU's to social workers, all counselors, health educators, and contact hours to all school personnel.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


Pathways to the Diploma
Teleconference Call
September 16, 2004
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM   (Central)
New Mexico defines a pathway as a planned program of study (course, Individualized Education Program [IEP] goals, objectives, and benchmarks) designed to address the needs of individual students. Students receiving special education services are able to earn their high school diploma option by following one of three pathways: Standard, Career Readiness, and Ability Pathways. Successful completion of the selected pathway earns the student a high school diploma and the right to participate equally in all graduation activities. Sue Gronewold, Educational Administrator with the Special Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department, will explain each of these three pathways and their implications for students with disabilities. To participate, call 703-639-1158 a few minutes before the call begins, and refer to the "NCSET Teleconference Call" if asked by the operator.

Other National Events


Online Training Conference: Abuse of Persons with Disabilities
Web-based Event
September 9, 2004 - September 29, 2004
This online professional training conference on the abuse of children and adults with disabilities will consist of 22 one-hour Webinars (online seminars) and an additional 10 hours of contact with the training faculty between 9/9/04 and 1/31/05. It's designed for professionals and workers in the fields of abuse/victimization and/or disabilities. Topics will include prevention, identification, investigation, prosecution, and treatment. Seminars will concern casework and caregiving where people with disabilities are victims of child abuse, domestic violence, dependent adult abuse, and elder abuse. Funded by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and presented by ARC Riverside (CA).

Using Work Incentives to Fund Micro Enterprises
Web-based Event
September 20, 2004
In this Web cast, David Hammis of Griffin-Hammis Associates will discuss using Plan for Achieving Self-Support (PASS) as a small-business funding source that directly infuses operating cash into a business cash flow. He will address Impairment-Related Work Expenses (IRWE), Blind Work Expenses (BWE), and using Property Essential to Self Support (PESS) that allow unlimited cash resources in small business accounts not subject to the SSI $2000 personal resources limits. Mr. Hammis will explain how VR and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding interact with net earnings from self-employment. He will also cover other critical issues related to self-employment such as Medicaid, Section 8, and small business loans.

4th Annual LASER Urban Education Research Conference: Reconstructing Urban Education
September 23, 2004 - September 25, 2004
San Diego, CA
Linking Academic Scholars to Educational Resources (LASER), a project of the Office of Special Education Programs, announces their 4th Annual Urban Education Research Conference. This year's conference will focus on evidence-based research in urban education and how these findings can help us to reconstruct the status of special education across cultures.

Fourth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations: Integrating Community Needs into the National Health Agenda
September 28, 2004 - October 1, 2004
Washington, DC
The objectives of the Fourth National Conference on Quality Health Care for Culturally Diverse Populations are: to showcase the best of culturally competent programs, services, and policies to national health organizations and leaders; to disseminate research and expertise to advance promising interventions; and to develop partnerships to improve access to effective care for all Americans. This meeting is designed for beginner and expert audiences concerned with culturally competent health care.

Enhancing the Quality of Life for People with Cognitive Disabilities through Technology
October 4, 2004 - October 5, 2004
Denver, CO
The fifth annual meeting of the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities features keynote speaker Vinton Cerf, Senior Vice President of Technology Strategy, MCI; National Medal of Technology recipient; and co-designer of the protocols and architecture of the Internet; and Mary Woolley, President of Research! America and the country’s premier advocate for federal funding for medical and health-related research.

Fading Job Place Supports
Web-based Event
October 18, 2004
One of the major elements of the success of employment services is creating effective partnerships and lasting relationships in the workplace that meet the needs of both the employee and the business. In this Web cast, participants will learn strategies for fading supports, how to identify and cultivate workplace supports, and how effective communication and planning are essential elements of a solid support plan. Presenter Dr. Teresa Grossi has extensive background in education and employment for individuals with disabilities. She currently conducts research, consultation, and training and technical assistance on supported employment and community supports for persons with severe disabilities.

Legal Issues in Autism -- School Districts and Parents: Perspectives from Both Sides

October 24, 2004
New Brunswick, NJ
Nationally-known Autism attorney Gary Mayerson (parent of an autistic child) will meet with prominent school board attorney Viola S. Lordi in this seminar for parents, caregivers, school officials, teachers, professionals, advocates, IEP team members, CST members, attorneys, and organizations. Mr. Mayerson has testified before Congress on IDEA and is the author of "How to Try an Autism Case," published in the June 2003 issue of New Jersey Lawyer's Magazine. Attorney Viola S. Lordi represents school boards and provides legal counsel on higher education law. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the IDEA Compliance Insider and the Board of Advisors for the IEP Trainer. Event sponsored by Autism Resources. ^ Top of Page ^

Get Wired!

Web Sites


BoardBuzz: NSBA's Daily Weblog
BoardBuzz, the National School Board Association’s (NSBA’s) new Web log, provides timely education news and analysis. (Web logs, or "blogs," are regularly updated Web sites that deliver news, commentary, and analysis quickly and efficiently, with links to deeper reading.) BoardBuzz is updated every weekday by 11 a.m by a team of NSBA advocacy, policy, and communications professionals who are plugged into the association's nationwide network of supporters for public education and school board leadership. BoardBuzz is an important online source for what's happening in public education, in Congress, in states, and inside schools, school districts, and school board rooms nationwide.


ERIC: Education Resources Information Center
The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education, produces the world's premier database of journal and non-journal education literature. The new ERIC online system, released September 1, 2004, provides the public with a centralized ERIC Web site for searching the ERIC bibliographic database of more than 1.1 million citations going back to 1966. Effective October 1, more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, will be available for free.


National Association of State Medicaid Directors
The National Association of State Medicaid Directors keeps track of waiver programs. Their Web site contains all sorts of information, data, and statistics, including data on children enrolled in MR/DD 1915c waivers by state, age, and program.


National Organization on Disability (NOD)
In addition to keeping you up to date on the most recent developments, the N.O.D. web site provides you with the latest in disability-related news, information and resources.


SSA Office of Policy
The Office of Policy serves as the Social Security Administration's (SSA’s) focal point for policy analysis and research, evaluation, and statistics. Access this site to find statistical information and other policy-related information relative to the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs.



Disability Rights Online News
The Disability Rights Online News is a monthly update about the Civil Rights Division's activities in the area of disability rights.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


Dirksen Congressional Center Grants
The Dirksen Congressional Center offers grants assisting teachers, curriculum developers, and others to improve the quality of civics instruction. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Priority will be given to the areas of history, government, social studies, political science, and education. Schools, teachers in grades 4-12, and college and university faculty are eligible to apply. Application Deadline: October 1, 2004.


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Grants
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers "mini-grants" of $350 to school and public libraries for programs that encourage literacy and creativity in children. Programs that will be considered include innovative or noteworthy workshops, lectures and festivals, as well as programs targeted at parents and pre-school children. Special priority will be given to any programs relating to the work of Ezra Jack Keats. Applications forms are available online, and can be printed out and then mailed to the foundation. All K-12 schools and public libraries in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Application Deadline: September 15, 2004.


Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program Awards
Each year, the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leadership Program (CHLP) honors ten outstanding individuals who overcome daunting odds to expand access to healthcare and social services to underserved and isolated populations in communities across the U.S. Awardees each receive $120,000: $105,000 for program support and $15,000 as a personal stipend. CHLP is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ. Letters of intent deadline: September 22, 2004.


Starbucks Foundation Literacy Grants
The Starbucks Foundation will offer grants of $5,000-$20,000 to support innovative community literacy programs that build upon reading curricula and encourage personal development through tutoring or mentoring. Priority is given to proposals that specifically target low-income communities and underprivileged or at-risk youth. K-6 schools and community nonprofits in the U.S. are eligible to apply. Application Deadline: October 1, 2004.

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