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The Gateway Project
The Gateway Project, a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Academic Autistic Spectrum Partnership in Research and Education (AASPIRE), which is itself a collaboration between Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, and the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, aims to serve as a gateway to research committed to the values of inclusion, respect, accessibility and relevance. The Gateway Project is recruiting participants on the autistic spectrum, and participants with and without disabilities for a series of continuing Internet-based research studies on topics such as health care, well-being, and problem solving.

RFPs Due for “Embracing Difference... It’s Time,” TASH’s 35th Annual Conference
TASH is accepting RFPs for its 35th Annual Conference: “Embracing Difference...It’s Time,” in Denver, CO, December 8-11, 2010. All RFP applications are due by April 1, 2010. This year’s conference will highlight the elements of the first TASH National Agenda: Inclusive Education, Community Living, Employment, Human Rights, and People of Color. The conference will focus on innovative practices to promote inclusion and reduce the disparities experienced by individuals with significant disabilities in schools, community living, and employment, and will also address human rights concerns and issues often faced by people of color.

The “Mission Accessible” National Disability Media and History Project
The “Mission Accessible” National Disability Media and History Project is looking for volunteers to transcribe historical state documents and oral history videos. Transcriptions will be included in a new database and video editor scheduled for launch July 26, 2010, the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Volunteers can work from their own computers. This could be a meaningful volunteer project for students with disabilities in work-based learning and other secondary transition programs. Participation would allow students to develop and use their reading, keyboarding, and other job skills and could serve as a springboard to discussions of disability rights and the disability rights movement. “It’s Our Story” also needs technology volunteers to lead in creating a beta site that will make its archives available in a public, accessible, and searchable format.

A New Day: We’re Listening
US Department of Labor Assistant Secretary Kathleen Martinez is spearheading a Listening Tour with the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and other federal partners to solicit ideas from employers and individuals with disabilities on three key topics: more effective ways to increase employment of women, veterans and minorities with disabilities; identification of federal and state systems that are effectively collaborating to achieve successful employment results for people with disabilities; and top priorities on which the federal government should focus to support an increase in the employment of persons with disabilities. Six sites have been selected, from each of the six Department of Labor Regions: Dallas (January 21), Philadelphia (January 27), Chicago (February 11), San Francisco (February 16), Atlanta (February 24), and Boston (March 3), with registration/comment periods for each opening one month beforehand.

Call for Abstracts from the Children’s Division of American Humane
The Children’s Division of American Humane announces a call for abstracts for the journal Protecting Children. The issue entitled “Promising Results in Research and Practice: Understanding Disproportionality and Reducing Disparity in Child Welfare” will be published in March 2011. The deadline for abstract submission is February 5, 2010. Authors will be notified of the outcome of their abstract submissions in early September. If accepted, authors will be notified of a target word count, and full papers will be due July 1, 2010.

The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation: Public Policy Fellowship Program 2010-2011
The Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation seeks exemplary professionals and/or family members of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are currently working or volunteering in the field of inclusive services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for an intensive one-year Public Policy Fellowship in Washington, DC. The purpose of the Fellowship is to prepare both early career and veteran leaders be leaders in public policy in their home state and/or nationally. The program provides a one-year full-time exposure to the federal public policy making process, and includes a stipend and modest relocation expenses.

9th Annual Inclusive Schools Week: Inclusive Technologies (December 7-11, 2009)
Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) at Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), held each year early in December. Inclusive Schools Week began in 2001 and has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

Braille Readers Are Leaders Annual Contest for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth
The Braille Readers Are Leaders Contest is a national contest for students who read Braille, kindergarten through twelfth grades, and all adult Braille readers. The purpose of the program is to promote the joy of reading for pleasure, to promote a pride in Braille as a viable literacy medium equal to print, and to demonstrate the importance of independent reading in the development of Braille literacy skills. All contest material must be received by January 22, 2010.

NCIL 2010 Annual Conference Workshop Proposals
Ideas and experiences will be shared in the Independent Living Movement at the National Council on Independent Living 2010 Annual Conference, “20 Years of the ADA: The Fight Goes On!” July 19-22, in Washington DC. In addition to topics on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, workshops for new advocates and attendees that offer basic as well as historical information on the Independent Living Movement, Centers for Independent Living, Statewide Independent Living Councils, advocacy, systems change and non-profit management are welcome. Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2010.

PAC Rim Youth Advocacy Youth Leadership and Empowerment Proposal Submissions
“Nothing About Us, Without Us,” are the words echoed by many a disability rights advocate. As the first wave of disability advocates makes various transitions, young people have an opportunity to continue the dialogue for equality and justice and formulate an action plan. The Pacific Rim International Conference on Disabilities Youth Leadership and Empowerment topic area is seeking proposals written and targeted for young people in the areas of: youth leadership models, non-profit sector, support systems, cultural and international perspectives on youth leadership and empowerment, and youth action plans. Creative contributions that steer away from traditional paper presentations are encouraged, as the target age range for this strand is age 13-30. Deadline for submissions: December 18, 2009.

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