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Provide Comments to RSA on Monitoring of Vocational Rehabilitation
http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-14646.htm
The U.S. Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) has announced a public meeting August 24-25 in Washington, DC to seek comments and suggestions about its vocational rehabilitation monitoring process. RSA is in the process of restructuring and this public meeting will be an opportunity for stakeholders in the vocational rehabilitation process to provide RSA with input on the monitoring process that will be implemented by the State Monitoring and Program Improvement Division under the new structure.

Take Part in the Spina Bifida Sibling Research Project
http://www.sbaa-communities.org/yaa/archives/sibling_research_project.html
Volunteers 11-18 years of age with a brother or sister with spina bifida and their parent are invited to take part in a study conducted through Virginia Commonwealth University. The study’s purpose is to increase understanding of siblings’ thoughts, attitudes, and experiences. Volunteers accepted until mid-September 2005.

AG Bell Association 2006 Convention: Call for Presentation Proposals
http://www.agbell.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?p=Callforpaper
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.

Connect for Kids Essay Contest
http://www.connectforkids.org/node/3142
The question for the 2005 Connect for Kids essay contest for 14- to 18-year-olds is: “What would you like President George W. Bush to understand about your life, or the lives of people your age, when making decisions or taking actions that affect you?” Four winning essays, chosen by youth judges with the DC WritersCorps literacy organization, will be featured on ConnectforKids.org during August, and each winner will receive a $100 cash prize. Essays should be 500-700 words in length. Submission deadline: July 6, 2005.

Join an ADA Celebration Event in Your Area
http://www.aapd-dc.org/ADAcelebration/adacel05/stateadacel.html
The American Association of People with Disabilities is maintaining a list of events celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). View upcoming events taking place in your state, or submit an event to post on the site. The ADA was signed into law on July 26, 1990 by President George H.W. Bush, guaranteeing equal opportunity for people with disabilities in public accommodations, commercial facilities, employment, transportation, state and local government services, and telecommunications.

Applications Sought for National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice National Policy Academy
http://www.ncmhjj.com/
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.

Call for Papers for CEC’s 2006 Annual Convention & Expo
http://www.cec.sped.org/call_for_papers/
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is seeking presenters for its 2006 Annual Convention & Expo, to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, April 5-8, 2006. CEC will accept ONLY online submissions for this conference. The deadline is May 14, 2005.

Join the National Service-Learning Partnership
http://www.service-learningpartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=CM_member_join
The National Service-Learning Partnership is a nationwide network dedicated to making service-learning a part of every elementary and secondary student’s education. Joining the network is free and easy. Members have access to tools, resources, and best practices; have opportunities to connect with other members in their local communities; receive a monthly updates with news, resources, and opportunities to take action; and are represented in federal advocacy initiatives.

National Charter Schools Week Celebrations
http://www.ed.gov/news/events/csweek2005.html
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
http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/IEPSymp.cfm
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.

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