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Submit a Paper Proposal for the National Respite Conference
The ARCH National Respite Network is seeking paper proposals for the National Respite Conference, to be held October 3-5, 2007 in Huntsville, AL. Proposals should address one or more of the following topics: best practices and model programs, research and evaluation, education for caregivers, advocacy, and lifespan respite implementation. Proposal submission deadline: April 15, 2007. Call for Papers available in PDF (5 pages, 35 KB).

Successful Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities/Mental Illness: Share Your Stories
State of Mine, a youth-run mental health advocacy organization, is seeking recovery/success stories from individuals who have struggled with psychiatric disabilities and mental illness and have gone on to live successful lives, for a forthcoming book. If you are interested in sharing your story or being interviewed for this book, please email

Best Practices for Retention/Recovery of At-Risk Latino Male High School Students Sought
The Latino Male High School/College Achievement Program at Arizona State University’s Center for Community Development and Civil Rights is identifying and cataloging best practices relating to the retention and recovery of at-risk Latino male high school students. They invite anyone working with intervention, retention, and prevention programs for at-risk students or parenting teens to contribute ideas and information. Contact Robert Soza at or 602-496-0440 to participate or to refer an expert practitioner.

DCDT 2007 Call for Papers: Building Castles, Building Dreams: The Magic of Transition
The Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Career Development and Transition is seeking proposals for its 2007 conference, to be held October 18-20 in Orlando. Suggested topics include self-determination and student involvement; community partnerships; family partnerships; postsecondary education; personnel preparation/professional development; student diversity and multicultural approaches; program evaluation and data-based decision-making; aligning transition-focused education, standards, and school reform; legislation and policy; employment-focused education and business strategies; K-8 transition education; transition approaches for specific disability groups; skill requirements in the new economy; and assessment. Proposal postmark deadline: February 7, 2007. Call for papers available in PDF (1 page, 137 KB).

Emerging Educators: Apply for a Fellowship to Teach at Eagle Rock School
Eagle Rock is a tuition-free residential high school in Estes Park, CO that serves diverse young people (ages 15-21) from across the country who have not succeeded in conventional schools. The Public Allies Fellowship Program is seeking emerging educators with college degrees from diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences to work and live at Eagle Rock. Fellows will gain skills that will make them effective teachers, leadership trainers, and youth workers. Application deadline: February 23, 2007.

Parents of Young Adults with Significant Intellectual Disabilities who have Transitioned Successfully: Seeking Your Wisdom
The Beach Center on Disability, University of Kansas is looking for families who have successfully set up supports for their young adult child (age 19+) with a significant intellectual disability. The child, with family support, should have control over at least some of his/her Medicaid budget and should be able to decide whom to employ and how much to pay them. The family should have found creative solutions to the complexities of community living, including having a home, job, friends, hangouts, and/or transportation. If you know of or are a member of such a family, please contact Ann Turnbull at or 785-864-7608.

Researchers, Policy Analysts, Practitioners: Apply to Attend SEELS Database Training Workshop
From March 7-9, 2007 in Washington, DC, the University of Maryland, in collaboration with SRI International and the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S. Department of Education, will sponsor an advanced training workshop on using national study databases, including those of the National Longitudinal Transition Study-2 (NLTS2) and the Special Education Elementary Longitudinal Study (SEELS). There is no fee to attend this workshop and support for travel and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants. Application deadline: February 19, 2007.

Secondary and Postsecondary Students in Career and Technical Education: Enter an Essay Contest
Secondary or postsecondary students enrolled in at least one career and technical education (CTE) course are invited to enter an essay contest. The question to be answered is, “How will what you learned in CTE help the American economy in five years?” Secondary students must submit an essay no more than 500 words in length; postsecondary students must submit an essay at least 500 words in length. One entry in each category, secondary and postsecondary, will receive an award of $250. Entry deadline: March 30, 2007.

Secondary Special Educators and Rehabilitation Personnel: Apply to The George Washington University’s Transition Special Education Certificate Distance Education Program
The George Washington University will offer its Transition Special Education Certificate program through distance education again this fall. The program provides secondary special educators and rehabilitation personnel with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to assist youth as they transition to postsecondary opportunities. It will begin with SPED 236.DE: Introduction to Career, Vocational, and Transition Services, to be offered this fall.

Young Leaders with Disabilities: Apply to Participate in the 2007 Youth Transit Talk
Young leaders with disabilities (ages 16-28) with an interest in improving access to public transit are invited to apply to attend the National Youth Transit Talk, to be held July 27-28, 2007 in Washington, DC. Participants will discover how to work within their communities, find out how to identify and resolve local transit issues, learn transit rules under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), share ideas for improving access to public transit, and network with past and future leaders from across the country. Application deadline: March 1, 2007.

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