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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What information is on this Web site?
  2. How do I navigate around the site?
  3. Are there any special features I should know about?
  4. How do I find new NCSET information that's been posted to the site?
  5. How do I find what I'm looking for?
  6. How do I conduct a search?
  7. What can I find in the Topics pages?
  8. Can I suggest a new Topic for NCSET to write about?
  9. Can I suggest an item to post on the NCSET Web site?
  10. How do I contact NCSET?
  11. What if I still can't find what I'm looking for?

1. What information is on this Web Site?

This Web site contains the following major sections:

  • Topics: NCSET Topics are written specifically for the Web and contain information and resources within key areas that affect the lives of youth with disabilities in secondary education and transition. Each topic contains an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.
  • Publications: NCSET promotes the use of research-based practices and strategies through its publications specifically designed for national, state, and local educational administrators; teachers; parents; and youth with disabilities. The full-text of all publications are available for online reading and download for free.
  • TA Communities: Learn about technical assistance communities of practice that center on various topics, and sign up to join one!
  • State Resources: Find transition-related resources and education-related office contact information for states and territories in the United States.
  • Events Calendar: Information regarding upcoming NCSET and other national events, with the option to view the listing of events that have already taken place.
  • Teleconferences: Information regarding NCSET's monthly teleconference calls, co-hosted by our partner organizations, technical assistance network organizations, and other collaborating groups and organizations. These are conference calls (audio only) that may be accessed nationwide by telephone. Call transcripts are also available online.
  • Institutes: Information regarding NCSET's capacity building institutes, designed to build the capacity of stakeholders to create opportunities for youth with disabilities so that they can achieve successful futures. Institute proceedings are also available online.
  • E-News: NCSET's e-mail newsletter announcing national resources, events, funding opportunities, and more is also available on our Web site. Readers may subscribe and unsubscribe via this section of the Web site, as well as make suggestions for items to be included in future issues.
  • Web Sites: Link to NCSET's other Web sites, as well as important partner and related sites in the area of transition.
  • About NCSET: Information about NCSET, including our partners, staff, and more.
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2. How do I navigate around the site?

Use the main navigation links on the left sidebar (or the text links at the bottom of each page). If you are using a screen-reader, you can select the first link on every page to bypass the navigation menu and land on the contents of a particular page.

Links to pages within each section are located in bullets at the top of each page beneath the page title.

The Search engine, Site Index, and Site Tour links are available at the top of each page.

If you wish to know where you are within the site, look at the colors of the links in the navigation menu on the left sidebar. If it is purple, you are in that particular section. If it is blue, you are not. For instance, this page is not within any particular section of the Web site.

To return to the home page, click on the NCSET logo or the "Home" button at the bottom of the navigation menu on the left sidebar.

To return to the top of a page, click on the ^ Top of Page ^ link, usually available at the bottom of the page.

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3. Are there any special features I should know about?

Yes!

Homepage Buttons
The buttons on the homepage highlight new and interesting resources on the NCSET Web site.

E-mail This Page
Most pages on the NCSET Web site have an "E-mail This Page" link at the top right which allows you to send an e-mail with a link to any page to someone who's e-mail address you know. You may also customize your message to this person. See the E-mail This Page link at the top of this page. Send it to yourself to test it out!

Options for Viewing and Printing Publications
NCSET's Briefs (in the Publications section) can be viewed in 3 separate versions:

  1. Graphic version for online reading
  2. Printer-friendly version for printing easily
  3. PDF or Portable Document Format version for printing a formatted copy

To access these versions, go to Publications and select the Brief you wish to view. The first page you come to is the graphic version. From there, at the top right (beneath the "E-mail This Page" link) are links to the printer-friendly version and the PDF. For more information or to download Acrobat Reader, the free software that is required to view PDF documents, go to the What's This link beneath these 3 buttons.

Search
The Search is available from any page at the top of the page. You may search NCSET items, information contained in current and past E-News issues (including NCSET items), or the Web. Select the radio button next to the field where you enter search terms to indicate which search you would like (NCSET, E-News, or WWW). Search Tips are available from each page and will open in a popup window.

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4. How do I find new NCSET information posted to the Web site?

New information posted to the site is listed on the homepage in the right sidebar under the What's New button. Here we list new NCSET publications, E-News issues, events, Web sites, and more.

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5. How do I find what I'm looking for?

Are you looking for a specific document?
To find a specific document, we suggest that you search using keywords (see How do I conduct a search?) or peruse the Site Index.

Are you looking for information on a particular subject?
If you are searching for information on a specific subject, we suggest that you do the following:

Are you just browsing?
To browse through the site, use the main navigation links, which can be found on the left sidebar. Links to pages within each section are at the top of each page.

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6. How do I conduct a search?

The search feature is on the top of every page. To search, enter keywords and choose which part of the Web you'd like to search. You may search NCSET resources only, E-News (a database of both NCSET and other resources nationwide), or the Web (Google search).

If you are looking for an item developed by NCSET, select the "NCSET" radio button before clicking the "Go!" button. If you are unsure, select the "E-News" radio button (the E-News search will give you NCSET resources as well). If you'd like to broaden your search even further, try the Google search engine by selecting the "WWW" radio button.

Try a search now.

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7. What can I find in the Topics pages?

The Topics pages contain a wealth of information and links to resources on specific topics. Each topic contains:

  • a brief introduction
  • answers to frequently asked questions
  • abstracts of related research
  • descriptions of emerging practices
  • links to related Web sites
  • additional resources & references

You may print these pages for later use or view them online. There is no copyright restriction on these contents, however please credit the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition when reprinting Topics.

Go to Topics page now.

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8. Can I suggest a new Topic for NCSET to write about?

Certainly! To suggest a new NCSET Topic or specific content for an already existing NCSET Topic, send us an e-mail at ncset@umn.edu.

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9. Can I suggest an item to post on the NCSET Web site?

Yes indeed! To suggest an item to post on the NCSET Web site, it will need to be submitted through E-News, our online database of resources nationwide.

Please send us an e-mail at ncset@umn.edu with specific information, including:

  • Title of item
  • What it is (event, Web site, listserv, publication, etc.)
  • One to three sentence description of the item
  • Date, city, and state, if applicable (i.e., for events)
  • Instructions, if applicable (i.e., for subscribing to listservs)
  • Web link or contact information if Web link not available
  • Your name & contact information, should we have any questions

We cannot guarantee that your suggested item will be posted.

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10. How do I contact NCSET?

National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
ncset@umn.edu
612-624-2097 (phone)
612-624-9344 (fax)

We will reply to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your interest!


11. What if I can't find what I'm looking for?

Please email us at ncset@umn.edu and we'll get back to you within a few business days.


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National Center on Secondary Education and Transition
Institute on Community Integration
University of Minnesota
6 Pattee Hall
150 Pillsbury Drive SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
ncset@umn.edu
612-624-2097 (phone)
612-624-9344 (fax)

We will reply to you as soon as we can. Thank you for your interest!


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