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Parents of Children with Special Health Care Needs: Take an Online Survey
The Family Voices and Tufts University research team invites parents of children (ages 6-18) with special health care needs (CSHCN) (including special mental health/behavioral/emotional needs) to complete an anonymous online survey. The survey aims to learn how families promote health and wellness for CSHCN regarding food choices, physical activity, and screen time (TV and computers). The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting. The results will be shared with health professionals, government agencies, other families, and researchers to help them support healthier lifestyles for CSHCN. The survey will be available online until December 31, 2006.

Students with Hearing Loss in Grades 6-11: Apply to Participate in the 2nd Annual National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students
Students with hearing loss in grades 6-11 are invited to submit their science projects for the second annual National Science Fair for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, where they can win up to $500 in cash awards and other prizes. Students can compete individually or in a two- or three-person team. In March, judges will choose finalists who will be invited to attend the Science Fair, April 27-29, 2007, at the Rochester Institute of Technology, National Technical Institute for the Deaf’s Rochester, NY, campus. Application deadline: February 1, 2007.

Submit Comments: Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part D
The U.S. Secretary of Education is soliciting public comment prior to finalizing the comprehensive plan for national activities authorized under subparts 2 and 3, part D of IDEA. Address comments to the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW., Room 4102, Washington, DC 20202-2641. You can also email comments to; you MUST use “Comments on IDEA Part D National Activities Comprehensive Plan” in the subject line of your e-mail. Comment submission deadline: January 11, 2007.

Nominate a Child/Youth with Disabilities for a Yes I Can! International Award
The Foundation for Exceptional Children's “Yes I Can Awards” honor children and youth (ages 2-21) with disabilities who have made significant achievements. Each year, three winners in each of the following categories are selected for their accomplishments: academics, the arts, athletics, community service, employment, extracurricular activities, independent living skills, self-advocacy, and technology. Winners receive a bronze statue and other recognition at the Council for Exceptional Children's 2007 Annual Convention. Nomination deadline: November 20, 2006.

Nominate a Leader in Service-Learning for the Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award
The Alec Dickson Servant Leader Award honors exemplary leaders who—through their actions, compassion, creativity, and courage—have inspired the service-learning field, positively impacted the lives of young people, and motivated others to take up the banner of service. The award is presented every year at the National Service-Learning Conference. The award is named for British humanitarian Alec Dickson (1914-94), whose vision, innovation, and commitment inspired many individuals to lead lives of service. Nomination deadline: January 22, 2007.

Nominate a Teacher for the Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award Shepard Award/alan_shepard_award.htm
The Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award, presented by the Astronauts Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Space Foundation and NASA, acknowledges excellence in the development and delivery of K-12 educational technology programs, either in the classroom or in the professional development of teachers. The Award will be presented at the 23rd National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado in April 2007. The winner will receive a trip to the Symposium and a commemorative engraved trophy. Nomination deadline: January 31, 2007.

Submit Comments on the Aspen Institute’s Report on the Reauthorization of NCLB
The Aspen Institute’s Commission on No Child Left Behind is drafting a report regarding the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The report should be completed in early 2007 and will include recommended statutory language for the reauthorized NCLB. The Commission is soliciting public comment on NCLB to inform this report; click on “Give us YOUR comments on NCLB.”

Youth Ages 18-24: Apply to the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps
AmeriCorps*NCCC is a residential national service program for people ages 18-24. For 10 months, members work to meet urgent community needs in disaster services, housing, the environment, and youth development. Teams work on projects throughout the country with non-profit organizations, state and local agencies, and other community and faith-based groups. Members selected to serve with the winter 2007 class will live either in Denver, CO; Perry Point, MD; and Sacramento, CA. Members receive training in CPR and first aid, leadership, team building, and citizenship, and project skills such as building, tutoring, and community organizing. Application deadline: November 30, 2006.

Brain Injury Association of America Seeking Interview and Focus-Group Participants for Materials Review
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is producing new materials for the National Brain Injury Information Center and Brain Injury Awareness Month 2007, and is seeking persons who would be willing to review them. Specifically, BIAA is recruiting persons with brain injury and their families for individual interviews and focus groups. The individual interviews with persons with brain injury will take 30-45 minutes each. Focus-group participants will be asked to review the materials and then participate in a 60-minute teleconference. Each participant will receive $50. Participants cannot be employees of or volunteers for BIAA or its state affiliates.

Comments Sought on Proposed Priorities for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers
The Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has proposed funding priorities for the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program administered by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research—specifically, four priorities for Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects (DDRPs) and seven priorities for Rehabilitation Engineering Research Centers (RERCs). Public comment is being sought on these proposed priorities. Deadline for comment submission: October 19, 2006.

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