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Exceptional Parent and the University Of Illinois at Chicago
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 Web site and entered using the access code: ECP3.

Call for Proposals for International Conference on Self-Determination
The International Conference on Self-Determination, sponsored by the Center for Self-Determination, will be held May 3-5, 2009, in Winston, SC. Proposals for presentations on Self-Determination are due January 16, 2009.

VSA arts and CVS Caremark Announce National Call for Children's Art
The theme, “Celebrating Who I Am,” invites young people with and without disabilities across the United States to create visual art about their interests, talents, and dreams. All artwork submitted before the deadline will be included in an online art gallery. One piece of art from each state and the District of Columbia will be displayed during summer 2009 at Union Station in Washington, DC, as part of a children's art exhibition. Ten representatives of the exhibition will be selected to travel to Washington to be honored at a reception on Capitol Hill. New to the program this year, teachers who submit their students' artwork are eligible to receive one of five $1000 cash awards for use in their classroom. Deadline: March 6, 2009.

Center for Self-Determination Announces Call for Papers for May 3-5 Conference on Self-Determination
The International Conference on Self-Determination (May 3-5, 2009, at the Benton Convention Center, Winston-Salem NC) is open through January 16, 2009 for proposals for papers on self-determination. Selected submissions will be notified by February 2, 2009. Available in pdf (2 pages, 364 KB).

Extended APSE Deadline: January 9th
The deadline for submission of proposals to present at the 20th National APSE Conference on Integrated Employment (June 30-July 2, 2009, in Milwaukee, WI) has been extended to January 9, 2009. Details and information on submitting proposals are on the APSE Web site. For additional questions regarding submitting conference proposals, David Hoff can be contacted (email, phone 617-287-4308, or TTY: 617-287-4350).

NYLN Seeks New Leaders For 2009-2010 Governing Board
The National Youth Leadership Network (NYLN), a non-profit organization run by young people with disabilities with the goal of empowering all young people to reach their maximum potential, is looking for new leaders. Applicants to the Governing Board must: be between the ages of 16 and 28, have a disability, and have leadership and advocacy skills. The Governing Board application can be found at the Web site. Applications are due February 8, 2009.

Online Discussion - Parent Advocacy and Family-School Partnership
The Family Center on Technology and Disability is hosting a discussion of effective family-school partnerships that result in successful use of technology throughout the month of December. Assistive and instructional technology (AT/IT) can help both IEP (Individualized Education Program) students and General Education classes addressing a range of learning needs. The discussion will be moderated by AT/IT technologist Lon Thornburg and parent advocate Charles DiPietro.

Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health Announces Call for Papers for June 23-25 Building on Family Strengths Conference
The Building on Family Strengths Conference (June 23-25, 2009, in Portland, OR) is open through January 30, 2009 for papers on family support and children’s mental health. The conference will feature developments in two areas: Youth empowerment and participation in designing, delivering, and evaluating services, supports, and systems; and Wraparound: practice, supervision, fidelity measurement, outcome studies, system support, and more. Proposals can be submitted online.

RWJF Commission to Build a Healthier America: Promising Programs and Policies
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is a national group seeking ways to improve the health of all Americans. The Commission expects to issue a set of recommendations in April 2009, and to inform these recommendations, is soliciting ideas and examples of promising policies, innovations, and interventions that can help Americans live healthier lives.

Bill of Rights Institute’s “Being an American” Essay Contest
High school students nationwide are invited to participate in the Bill of Rights Institute’s “Being an American” essay contest, which explores the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Maximum award: $5,000 and an all-expenses-paid weekend trip to Washington, DC. Eligibility: U.S. students grades 9-12. Teachers must submit students’ essays. Deadline: Dec. 1, 2008.

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