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Parents of Transition-Age Youth: Participate in an Online Survey
Matthew H. Wagner, a graduate student, is looking for parents of transition-age youth to take a short online survey that will provide data for his thesis on the transition process from the parents' perspective. All responses will be kept confidential. For more information, contact

Provide Relief for Hurricane Katrina Victims
NCSET has compiled this listing of relief resources for those wishing to assist Hurricane Katrina victims, in particular youth with disabilities.

Blog About Strategies and Tips for Students with Special Needs
This blog was created by ASCD as a follow-up to their 2005 Summer Conference. It contains tips and strategies from Marcia Imbeau and Barbara Gartin offered at the conference for classroom teachers to use to scaffold learning for special needs students. Instructional strategies include adjusting RAFTs, tiered assignments, centers, and cubing to provide appropriate challenges for students with special needs. This blog lists the strategies, as well as prompting questions for teachers to respond to in the blog.

Get Involved in Disability Mentoring Day 2005 in Your Community
Disability Mentoring Day, a national effort to promote the employment of students with disabilities through personal mentoring, will be October 19, 2005. Disability Mentoring Day promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. The Disability Mentoring Day Web site includes contact information for local coordinators, promotional materials, and a toolkit to help you implement Disability Mentoring Day in your community.

Participate in Covering Kids and Families (CFK) Back-to-School Campaign Activities in Your State
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s CFK initiative seeks to increase the number of children and families who benefit from existing public health care coverage programs. During August and September 2005, CFK coalitions from coast to coast will host outreach and enrollment events to inform families about low-cost and free health care coverage programs for children.

AG Bell Association 2006 Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing seeks presentation proposals on a range of topics related to deafness and spoken language for its 2006 Convention, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA, June 23-27, 2006. Topics include acoustics; accessibility; advocacy and policy; amplification, cochlear implants, and related technologies; assessment strategies; children with multiple needs; collaborative relationships and programs; education; early intervention; mainstreaming; family-related issues; social/emotional issues; teaching/therapy techniques; etc. Proposal submission deadline: July 15, 2005.

Applications Sought for National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice National Policy Academy
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice is accepting applications for its 2005 National Policy Academy, “Improving Services for Youth with Mental Health and Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders Involved in the Juvenile Justice System,” to be held September 13-15, 2005 in Bethesda, MD. The Academy is designed to provide select jurisdictions with the opportunity to develop improved, collaborative strategies to identify and respond to youth with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system. Particular emphasis will be placed on community-based efforts to successfully divert and reintegrate these youth. Application deadline: June 24, 2005.

National Charter Schools Week Celebrations
As part of a national effort to highlight the contributions of charter schools, senior U.S. Department of Education officials will celebrate National Charter Schools Week, May 1 to May 7, 2005, by visiting charter schools around the country. The schedule includes visits to schools in Washington, DC (May 2); Greenville, SC (May 5); Bronx, NY (May 2); Boston, MA (May 5); Philadelphia, PA (May 2); Dearborn, MI (May 2); Chicago, IL (May 2); Denver, CO (May 2); and Woodland Hills (May 2), San Francisco (May 3), and San Diego (May 2), CA.

Proposals Sought for Symposium on IEP Facilitation
The National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education is seeking presenters for its First National Symposium on IEP Facilitation, to be held October 28-29, 2005 in Eugene, OR. This event will bring together state dispute resolution coordinators, directors of special education, dispute resolution practitioners, parent advocates, attorneys, educators, service providers, parents, and others interested in creating effective agreements that benefit educational and early intervention programs for infants, children, and youth with disabilities. Topics will include research and evaluation, program design and management, internal vs. external facilitation, IFSP facilitation, co-facilitation models, student and advocate roles, participant preparation, ethical considerations, process skills, training, conflict management, related legal issues, multicultural and linguistic issues, technology and online opportunities, and personnel preparation. Proposal submission deadline: May 28, 2005.

DCDT 2005 Call For Papers: “Reaching New Heights: Improving Student Outcomes in a Diverse World”
The Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), a division of the Council for Exceptional Children, is an organization concerned with career and vocational issues for students with disabilities. DCDT is soliciting papers for its annual conference, “Reaching New Heights: Improving Student Outcomes in a Diverse World,” to be held October 20-22, 2005 in Albuquerque, NM. Topical strands will include self-determination; student and family involvement in transition; postsecondary education services and transition; program evaluation models and data-based decision-making; employment-focused education; transition education in elementary and middle schools; community partnerships; personnel preparation in transition; student diversity and multicultural approaches; aligning transition-focused education, standards, and school reform; and transition approaches for specific student groups. Proposal submission deadline: May 1, 2005. Application available in PDF (2 pages, 80 KB).

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