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Southwest Conference on Disability Seeks Proposals for 2011 on Inclusion
The 2011 Southwest Conference on Disability (October 5-7), on “Inclusion: How We All Fit Together,” is seeking proposals which explore topics related to advancing inclusion for people with all types of disabilities. Sessions may focus on such topics as innovative policies at any level of government that promote inclusion; programs and services that increase inclusion or technology as a tool to increase inclusion. Sessions may address these or similar issues in one or more topical areas, such as independent living; behavioral health; housing; health, physical activity and nutrition; the built environment and universal design; employment; and others. Deadline for proposals: May 20, 2011.

Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs Seeks Comments on Federal Youth
The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs seeks public comments to inform the development of a strategic plan for Federal youth policy. The Working Group is focusing on youth across several developmental stages, including (1) early adolescence (ages under 14), (2) middle adolescence (ages 15-17), and (3) late adolescence/early adulthood (ages 18-24); and on three outcomes for youth through this framework: (a) basic needs: health, safety, and wellness, (b) school, family, and community engagement and connections, and (c) education, training, employment, transitions, and readiness for careers and adulthood.

Midwest Alliance Spring Enrollment Opportunities
The Midwest Alliance, a federal grant project that offers supportive programs designed to guide students with disabilities toward postsecondary education and careers in STEM (science/social science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), is accepting applications for mentors, mentees, and interns during the Spring Semester 2011. High school or college students with disabilities who are interested in meeting new people, gaining real life work experience, or impacting the lives of others can apply for paid internships in research labs or industry settings, mentorships and mentee-ships, and other educational and career related resources. Deadline for applications: January 20, 2011.

Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities Call for Proposals
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities, sponsored by the University of Hawaii and others, has extended its call for proposals for the 2011 Conference (April 18-19, 2011, in Honolulu, HI). The conference theme is “Humanity: Advancing Inclusion, Equality, and Diversity.” Deadline for proposals: January 20, 2011.

Parent-School Survey
Parents of students with disabilities are invited to participate in a study sponsored by Peabody College and the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center that will examine parent-school collaboration as it relates to parental and child characteristics. It will involve the parent’s answering a short (20-30 minutes) survey about him/herself, the child with the disability, and the relationship with the school the child attends. The results of the survey will help researchers and practitioners better understand and improve parent-school collaboration. The study is voluntary and anonymous. Results of the study will be available to participants who are interested in obtaining them.

University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development Seeks Input on the Assistive Technology Needs of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities
The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Institute for Human Development is looking for people who wish to use and/or are currently using assistive technology to take a brief survey on their assistive technology needs.

Alliance for Excellent Education Seeks Proposals for Innovation and Excellence Forum
The Alliance for Excellent Education seeks speaker proposals for its “2010 Innovation and Excellence: Spotlight on High Schools, Online/Blended Learning, and Technology” forum. Proposals will be reviewed based on criteria of relevance, effectiveness, and policy implications. Also of interest are schools and/or districts that have beaten the odds of high-poverty, high-minority, and high-achieving demographics. The forum will offer an opportunity for policymakers, educators, researchers, advocates, the media, and others to learn about promising practices that prepare all students for college and work. Selections and a date for the first forum will be announced shortly after the submission deadline. Deadline: November 1, 2010.

Leadership for Equity and Excellence Seeks Proposals for Beyond the Sidelines: Let’s Get to Work Forum
Leadership for Equity and Excellence seeks proposals for its February 28-March 1, 2011, forum, “Beyond the Sidelines: Let’s Get to Work.” The forum will present work on creating high-quality educational opportunities where students’ cultures, languages, and experiences are valued and used as resources for learning. Areas of focus including strategies for reducing achievement disparities, addressing disproportionality in special education, developing school-family partnerships, strengthening district and school leadership, and more. Deadline: October 30, 2010.

Nominations for 2011 Yes I Can! Awards to Students Open
Nominations are open for the Council for Exceptional Children’s 2011 Yes I Can! Awards, for young people with disabilities under age 21 who demonstrate excellence in several categories, including employment, self-advocacy, and technology. Winners will be invited to National Harbor, Maryland for two nights to attend the Council for Exceptional Children’s annual conference in April 2011. Deadline for nominations: October 22, 2010.

OSERS Accepting Submissions for 35th Anniversary of IDEA Celebration
In honor of the 35th anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) this November, the U.S. Department of Education and its Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) will host a celebration in Washington, DC. Individuals with disabilities, students, teachers, parents and others can submit stories, poetry, photography, artwork and video clips for possible inclusion during the celebration. OSERS will accept submissions through November 8.

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