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Beach Center Re-Launches Family Support Community
http://beachcop.beachcenter.org/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=393&lang=en-US
This Community of Practice is re-launched with discussion boards addressing various disability topics.

DCDT 2009 Call for Papers: "From Cobblestones to Cornerstones, Revitalizing Transition Outcomes in 2009"
http://www.dcdt.org/dcdtsavannah.cfm
DCDT is accepting presentations for its 15th International Conference, "From Cobblestones to Cornerstones, Revitalizing Transition Outcomes in 2009" to be held at The Westin Savannah Harbor in Savannah, Georgia, October 29-31, 2009. The deadline is April 24.

ICDR Seeks Recommendations on Emerging Disability Research Topics
http://www.icdr.us/stakeholders/index.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fstakeholders%2fSignedIn.aspx
The federally mandated Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is using a Web-based approach this year to collect online disability research comments to assist in developing a federal disability and rehabilitation 2010 research agenda. Recommendations can be submitted from March 27-April 17. Additionally, registered participants will be invited to review all comments submitted and vote on their top ten concerns in each topic area from April 22-29. Public comments from stakeholders are the focal point of the disability research recommendations in the ICDR Annual Report to the President and Congress.

Making Cents International Seeks Proposals for the 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference
http://www.youthenterpriseconference.org/
Making Cents International seeks proposals for its 2009 Global Youth Enterprise Conference, which will be in Washington DC, September 29-30, convening 350 leaders in youth enterprise, employment, education and health to share promising practices for helping youth develop the necessary skills and opportunities for quality employment. Proposal deadline: April 17, 2009.

What Kids Can Do: Speech Contest 2009
http://www.wkcd.org/featurestories/2009/03_WKCD%20speech%20contest/index.html
As Graduation Day approaches, What Kids Can Do invites students to raise their voice and let others know what matters most to them now and in the years ahead. This year’s theme: “Crisis and Hope in These Trying Times.” Maximum award: $100 gift certificate from amazon.com. Eligibility: anyone from age 12 to 19, writing in English. Deadline: May 18, 2009.

Accelerate, a Juried Exhibition of Young Emerging Artists with Disabilities
http://www.vsarts.org/PreBuilt/showcase/gallery/exhibits/vw/current/
Very Special Arts (VSA) is now accepting entries for Accelerate, a national juried exhibition of young emerging artists with disabilities. The program is open to artists between the ages of 16 and 25, living in the United States, who have a physical, cognitive, mental, or sensory disability. Submissions must be original work completed within the last three years and after the onset of disability. Eligible media include, but are not limited to, paintings and drawings (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, or charcoal), fine art prints, photography, computer-generated prints, digital art, and time-based media (video, film). Work must have a visual component. Both representational and abstract works are welcomed. The competition will present one grand prize of $20,000, a first award of $10,000, a second award of $6,000, and twelve awards of excellence of $2,000 each. Deadline: June 19, 2009.

New Initiatives at Think College
http://tinyurl.com/d9kot3
The Institute for Community Inclusion (UMass Boston) and its partner organizations have launched new two new major programs related to college for students with intellectual or developmental disabilities and need help to identify college programs or services that support students with intellectual disabilities. This information will be used to identify the characteristics and outcomes of these postsecondary education programs to further understand their impact on individuals with intellectual disabilities. If your college and/or school system has a program or provides services or if you know of any programs or services that exist in your community, region, or state, even if you are not directly involved, please contact them.

State Farm Youth Advisory Board
http://www.statefarmyab.com/apply.php
Canadian and American youth between the ages of 17 and 20 will serve on a board that creates and oversees State Farm’s $5 million signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board helps identify these issues and develop grants for student-driven service-learning projects, selects the programs to receive grants, and assists with the initiative's communications and outreach efforts. Applicants must live in a state within the United States, or in Alberta, New Brunswick, or Ontario, Canada, and be between 17 and 20 years old as of June 30, 2009. Each member will commit about fifteen hours a month to the board and participate in four face-to-face meetings during their year of service. Deadline: March 31, 2009

Casey Family Programs’ 2020 Youth/Alumni Advisors
http://tinyurl.com/d9pc7a
Casey Family Programs is seeking adults and young people (ages 11 and older) to advise them as they implement their 2020 Strategy. Advisors must currently be in foster care, or have experienced foster care in the past. Candidates for this role should also have experience in the areas of mental health, education, or employment. If you have questions, contact Gregory Davis at gdavis@casey.org.

Exceptional Parent and the University Of Illinois at Chicago
http://www.healthforyouth.org/
The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking for parents and caregivers of children aged 12 - 18 with special needs to complete an internet-based survey on the lifestyle and environment of adolescents with disabilities. This survey can be accessed at the website and entered using the access code: ECP3. For more information, or if you experience any difficulty accessing the survey, please contact Brienne Davis, Department of Disability and Human Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, by email (bdavis7@uic.edu), or by phone (312-355-4054).

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