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Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities Open for Proposal Presentations
The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities (Pac Rim), to be held in Honolulu April 18 & 19, 2011, is now open for proposal presentations at its 2011 conference. Relevant topics include the areas in which the Center on Disability Studies traditionally has engaged (projects or activities under interdisciplinary training, research, advocacy or service), as well as salient issues important to our diverse communities not presently addressed through research or advocacy initiatives; and creative ideas for positive social changes and sustainable solutions which can be adopted in a society or community. Submissions will be considered for poster presentations, interactive roundtables, 30-minute topical presentations, 60-minute breakout presentations, 90-minute seminar/colloquium, and 120-minute interactive workshops. Deadline for submissions: December 22, 2010.

Part B and Part C SPP/APR 2010 Dispute Resolution Indicator Analyses
CADRE (National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education) has composed the Dispute Resolution Chapters from OSEP/TA&D projects’ Annual Performance Reports Analyses, summarizing the dispute resolution portions of the State Part B and Part C Annual Performance Reports submitted February 1, 2010. Each summary covers current and past Indicator performance, five year trends in the use of dispute resolution options, and suggestions for improving state dispute resolution systems. CADRE would appreciate feedback on the chapters. They are posted on the CADRE web site, along with a link to a short SurveyMonkey evaluation.

The Administration on Developmental Disabilities Projects of National Significance
The Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) seeks input from individuals with developmental disabilities and their families across the country in considering future plans and how ADD can best meet the diverse needs of these groups. ADD seeks to use its resources to focus on the most pressing and relevant concerns of the developmental disabilities community, and is looking for their thoughts regarding the focus of future Projects of National Significance (PNS). The purpose of PNS is to: create opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to contribute to, and participate in, all facets of community life; and support the development of national and state policies to reinforce and promote the self-determination, independence, productivity, inclusion, and integration of individuals with developmental disabilities into all facets of community life.

The Arc FINDS Survey
The Arc FINDS (Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports) survey is now online and available to families, individuals, and self-advocates. They invite individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities, families, and caregivers across the nation to share their opinions on a variety of issues relating to disability. There is no cost to taking the survey. (Additional information on Arc is on their general website,

Administration on Developmental Disabilities (ADD) Priority Survey Announcement
ADD is seeking input as they begin to consider future plans and how they can best meet the diverse needs of individuals with developmental disabilities, and their families, across the country. ADD seeks resources to use on the priorities of the developmental disabilities community, especially on the most pressing and relevant concerns affecting people with developmental disabilities and their families. They are looking for stakeholders’ thoughts regarding the focus of future Projects of National Significance.

Mobility International USA Seeks Blogs on International Exchange Participation
People with disabilities are invited to send in personal blogs about participation in international exchange programs. Qualifying authors will earn $50, and their blogs will be posted to the Stories and Blogs page ( of the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE). NCDE seeks people with disabilities who have studied, worked, or volunteered abroad, and written an essay or kept a blog about the experience, and would like to share it with other people with disabilities who are interested in going abroad. Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2010.

ADA Video Nationwide Video Contest
To commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the National Disability Institute is launching “Economic Empowerment-Defining the New American Dream,” a nationwide video contest open to all persons with disabilities. The National Disability Institute wants to hear from persons with disabilities, veterans with disabilities, and family members of persons with disabilities on what their American Dream is and how they are working to achieve it. Individuals can create a 3-minute video that tells the story of how they are working to achieve their American Dream, whether it is to buy a home, have a job, go to school, or start their own business. One Grand Prize winner will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, DC, where their winning video will be viewed at NDI’s Real Economic Impact Tour’s Annual Kick-off at the National Press Club on October 19, 2010. Deadline for entries: August 13, 2010.

ASCD: Outstanding Young Educator Award
The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Young Educator Award, which recognizes a teacher under the age of 40 who demonstrates excellence in his or her profession, a positive impact on students, creativity in the classroom, and leadership in his or her school or district. Maximum award: $10,000; an all-expenses paid trip to the ASCD annual conference in March for the winner and one companion, including registration, travel, hotel, and meals. Eligible: pre K-12 teachers under age 40. Deadline: August 1, 2010.

Get Your Exchange Story Told and Receive $50!
The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering $50 for disability stories on international exchange, including options to submit blogs and featured person profiles. People with disabilities can take advantage of this incentive to share overseas study, volunteer, work and research experiences. International and U.S. people with disabilities are encouraged to email submissions, but must be currently living in the United States to receive the award. Deadline for entries: September 1, 2010.

New Videos Encourages Special Ed Students to Participate in State Outcome Survey
To help educators improve services for students with disabilities who are still in school, every state is conducting a survey to find out what students who received special education services are doing one year after leaving high school. To help increase response rates, the National Post-School Outcomes Center has announced the launch of “Be a Superstar – Take the Survey.” These YouTube videos were designed to encourage students and families to complete post-school outcomes surveys. Prepared in collaboration with PACER Center, versions are available for youth and parents in both English and Spanish. (The survey can also be accessed from

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