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Launched in April 2005, The Youthhood is a dynamic, curriculum-based tool that can help young adults plan for life after high school. It provides content, interactive activities, and a wealth of other opportunities for youth to connect what's important to them to their learning experiences.

2005 National Leadership Summit
Materials from the National Leadership Summit that took place June 14-15, 2005 in Washington, DC. Includes an overview, agenda, presentations, presenter biographies, and more.

2003 National Leadership Summit
Materials from the National Leadership Summit that took place September 14-15, 2003 in Washington, DC. Includes findings and outcomes, agenda, presentations, presenter biographies, and more.

Technical Assistance (TA) Communities of Practice
The TA Communities of Practice are groups of state and local administrators, educators, and TA providers working to improve outcomes for children and youth with disabilities and their families who share expertise, issues, and solutions using a Web-based forum.

NCSET Affiliated Web Sites

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Check & Connect: A Model to Engage Students in School and Prevent Dropout
Information about current field studies to reduce dropout rates and increase school completion for K-12 students with and without disabilities in urban and suburban communities is available on this Web site. It also contains information on recent presentations and workshops, related products, and program impact. This project is located at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

National Alliance for Secondary Education and Transition (NASET)
NASET, a voluntary coalition of 40 national organizations, was established to identify what youth need in order to achieve successful participation in postsecondary education and training, civic engagement, meaningful employment, and adult life. NASET's first task was to develop National Standards and Quality Indicators to help school systems and communities identify what all youth need. In addition to the Standards and Indicators, visitors to NASET's Web site will find supporting evidence and research for the Standards and Indicators, a Self-Assessment Tool, and a Priority-Setting Tool for program improvement.

National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO)
NCEO conducts research, provides technical assistance, and engages in extensive dissemination activities on the participation of youth with disabilities in national, state, and district assessments, standards-setting efforts, and graduation requirements. Visitors to NCEO's Web site can link directly to state information on accommodations, accountability, alternate assessments, graduation requirements, out-of-level testing policies, and participation information.

National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability/Youth (NCWD/Youth)
NCWD/Youth helps state and local workforce development systems better serve youth with disabilities. Its mission is to ensure that youth with disabilities are provided full access to quality services in integrated settings in order to maximize their opportunities for employment and independent living. Created in 2001, NCWD/Youth is comprised of partners with expertise in disability, education, employment, and workforce development issues. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy, NCWD/Youth is housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership.

North Central Regional Resource Center
The North Central Regional Resource Center is one of six Regional Resource Centers (RRCs) funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). RRCs assist state education agencies in the systemic improvement of education programs, practices, and policies that impact infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and their families.

Connecting to Success: Mentoring Through Technology to Promote Student Achievement
Connecting to Success is an electronic mentoring program, begun in 1999, designed to promote successful transition of youth with disabilities to adult life. Electronic mentoring, also called e-mentoring, uses a combination of e-mail and face-to-face meetings to facilitate mentoring relationships between young people and caring adults. This project is located at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota.

NCSET Partners

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Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), University of Minnesota
NCSET is headquartered at the Institute on Community Integration, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service (UCEDD) whose mission is to improve the quality and community orientation of professional services and social supports available to individuals with disabilities and their families.

National Center for the Study of Postsecondary Educational Supports (NCSPES), Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
NCSPES is a Rehabilitation Research & Training Center (RRTC) within the Center on Disability Studies (UCEDD) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. The vision of NCSPES is to move toward a new system of educational supports for people with disabilities in the twenty-first century. Postsecondary programs of the future must foster high expectations, build self-confidence, and develop an understanding of strengths and weaknesses of all students. All teachers, support persons, and agency providers must focus upon the use of individualized supports and technology to meet each student's needs and promote a successful transition to chosen career. NCSPES leads the Post-school Outcomes/Results Technical Assistance Network, one of four technical assistance networks at NCSET. Visit the NCSPES Postoutcomes Web site for more information.

TransCen, Inc.
TransCen, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving educational and employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Its associates have developed, implemented, and researched innovations regarding school-to-adult life transition and career development for people with disabilities. The work of TransCen, Inc. is driven by the belief that there is a job for everyone who wants one, regardless of the nature of their disability, their need for workplace support and accommodation, or economic circumstance.

Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a 35-year-old independent, non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, DC. Five primary work areas form the focus of IEL's major initiatives: Developing Leaders, Strengthening School-Family-Community Connections, Connecting and Improving the Systems that Support Children and Youth, Governing, and Improving Preparation for Work. IEL established the Center for Workforce Development in 1991 to help leaders in both the public and private sectors build bridges that connect individuals to both learning institutions and the workplace.

PACER Center (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights)
PACER Center is a nonprofit statewide parenting center located in Minnesota. The majority of PACER's staff and board members are parents of children with disabilities; PACER staff also includes broad-based coalitions with parents representing diverse, multicultural perspectives. PACER offers 21 major programs for students and schools, as well as technical assistance to other parent centers both regionally and nationally. The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities for and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents.

National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE)
NASDSE provides support to all states and territories in the delivery of quality education to children and youth with disabilities through training, technical assistance, research, policy development, and the development and modeling of powerful collaborative relationships with other organizations and all constituencies.

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), U.S. Department of Education (Funding Source & Federal Partner)
NCSET is funded by and is a partner with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, cooperative agreement #H326J000005. OSEP is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

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