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Kids As Self Advocates Seeking National Advisory Board Members
http://www.fvkasa.org/
Kids As Self Advocates (KASA), a Project of Family Voices, shares information for young people with disabilities and chronic health conditions and is seeking National Advisory Board Members. Eligible members include youth with a disability and/or health care needs between 13-21 years old; who can make a two-year commitment; with leadership experience; who are enthusiastic about leadership and advocacy; who are interested in learning about disability history, culture, and rights; who can work as a team member; and who are interested in understanding how a project works. Application deadline: December 22, 2004.

“What’s Your Secret Weapon in the Classroom?” Essays Sought
http://www.edutopia.org/sageadvice/
The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s new magazine Edutopia is looking for reader comments for their column “Sage Advice,” in which readers suggest solutions to problems, like a reverse Dear Ann. Visit the Web site to see a few of the many notes received in response to the last topic, “How Can We Alleviate Childhood Obesity?” The question for the next issue is: “What’s Your Secret Weapon in the Classroom?” If interested, send a 100-300 word reply or offer suggestions for future questions to sage@edutopia.org.

Call for Presentations: Minnesota’s Second Annual Care and Treatment Education Conference
The Minnesota Department of Education invites you to submit a breakout session proposal for the 2nd Annual Care and Treatment Conference being held March 14-15, 2005, at Cragun's Resort and Hotel in Brainerd, MN. They are looking for relevant and dynamic presenters who work with children and youth who are placed for care and treatment, and encourage presentations by teams that include parents; students; education, treatment, and correctional professionals; and others as co-presenters. Application deadline: December 10, 2004. For further information contact Mary Beth Schafer, Care and Treatment Program/Fiscal Specialist, Special Education Policy Section, Minnesota Department of Education, at 651-582-8818 or marybeth.schafer@state.mn.us.

Manuscripts on Disability and Community Development Sought
http://www.comm-dev.org/
The Journal of the Community Development Society and Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities at the University of Montana Rural Institute announce a call for manuscripts for a special issue on disability and community development. Manuscripts may address disability due to any impairment or chronic condition, including disability due to injury, chronic disease, mental illness, sensory impairments, and/or cognitive impairments. To discuss whether your potential submission is suitable, call Tom Seekins, Guest Editor, at 406-243-2460. Submissions should be sent to Tom Seekins, Guest Editor, Journal of Community Development, RTC: Rural, 52 Corbin, University of Montana, Missoula, MT 59812. Manuscript submission deadline: January 3, 2005.

Get Educated About the Presidential Candidates (2004)
Get educated on disability issues and policies of Republican President Bush and Democratic Presidential nominee John Kerry by visiting their official Web sites, http://www.georgewbush.com and http://www.johnkerry.com, respectively. You may want to look specifically at the candidates' positions on health care, education, and civil rights. Also, contact your local town or city now to find out about the accessibility of your assigned polling place. Get an absentee ballot if your polling place is not accessible.

National Truancy Prevention Conference Seeks Presenters
http://ojjdp.ncjrs.org/truancyform/contact.html
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools seek presenters for a national truancy prevention conference on December 6-8, 2004, in Washington, DC. The conference will highlight promising and effective school-, community-, and court-based programs that rely on interagency cooperation to prevent truancy in urban, rural, suburban, and tribal communities. Participants will include juvenile justice practitioners, educators and other school personnel, judges, law enforcement officers, researchers, social services providers, health professionals, local and state policymakers, community and business leaders, and representatives from faith-based organizations and national and local youth service agencies. Presentation proposals are due 9/10/2004.

National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) National Task Forces
http://tinyurl.com/jwahd
The NASSP Board of Directors has recently created three major new national task forces--The National Task Force on NCLB for Middle Level and High Schools, The National Task Force on Urban Education for Middle Level and High Schools, and The National Task Force on Principal Preparation Programs for Middle Level and High School Principals--and is now seeking applicants for task force members. Each task force will have 12-15 members, the majority of whom will be principals and assistant principals; every effort will be made to ensure a broad diversity of participation.

Testimony on Federal Disability and Rehabilitation Research Requested
http://www.icdr.us/
The Interagency Committee on Disability Research (ICDR) is seeking input on research needs from the disability community. There will be public meetings to receive testimony and written comments on the federal disability and rehabilitation research agenda held on July 20, 2004, in San Francisco, and on July 22, 2004 in Washington, DC. Comments on a wide range of topics, including employment, community life, education, technology, and health are welcome. Individuals and organizations are also encouraged to comment on how existing federal research programs are responding to the changing needs of people with disabilities.

The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) Seeks Peer Reviewers
OSERS has created an e-mail address to receive information from persons interested in serving as a peer reviewer for OSERS discretionary grant process. Interested parties should submit their resumes and/or questions regarding the peer review process to OSERSPRS@ed.gov.

Wanted: Tales of Creative Solutions to Disability Discrimination
http://www.paradigmpublishers.com/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=123191
The authors of the forthcoming book "Everyday Law for Individuals with Disabilities" are seeking examples of situations where people came up with creative solutions to disability discrimination issues using the principles of self-advocacy. Specifically, the authors are looking for stories concerning employment, access to facilities, education (including post-secondary), reasonable accommodations, transportation, housing, and voting. The book is being written to help people to obtain their rights under the federal disability discrimination statues by using the principles of self-advocacy. If you have a story that you are willing to share, please e-mail Adam Milani at milani_a@mercer.edu.

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