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Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) Seeks Applicants
http://epfp.iel.org/
EPFP is a ten-month in-service professional development program designed to prepare mid-level leaders in public and private organizations to exercise greater responsibility in creating and implementing sound public policy in education and related fields. EPFP participants hold full-time positions in diverse organizations at the local, state, and national levels. The program currently operates at sites in CT, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, NY, NC, PA, SC, DC; a NJ site will open fall 2004. Application deadline is August 2004.

Do You Know a Youth with Leadership Experience? Encourage Them to Apply to the 2004 National Youth Leadership Conference
http://nyln.org/apply/2004conference.html
The 2004 National Youth Leadership Conference, “Learning, Living, Leading: Youth with Disabilities Continuing the Legacy,” will be held July 24–27, 2004 in Washington, DC. Approximately 65 young leaders will be chosen to participate. Participants will have exciting opportunities to learn from national disability leaders, public officials, and other young leaders with disabilities from all over the country. If you know a youth with leadership experience who would like to attend, please encourage him or her to apply. Transportation, lodging, and meals will be provided. Application deadline: March 17, 2004.

Take Part in Disability Mentoring Day, October 15, 2003
http://www.dmd-aapd.org/
Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) will be commemorated on October 15, 2003, in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. DMD is a large-scale broad-based effort to promote internships and employment opportunities, and career development for students and job seekers with disabilities. DMD seeks people who are interested in participating in their community as a Mentee, Workplace Mentor, Educator, or Service Provider, or people who are interested in playing a role in organizing DMD activities.

Be a Career E-Mentor Through icouldbe.org
http://www.icouldbe.org/
E-mentoring through icouldbe.org is a chance to share your time, talent, expertise, and personality to make a difference in the lives of young people all over. icouldbe.org is an online career mentoring program for high school students. Educators find that students lack access to information on high wage careers in high growth industries. icouldbe.org provides a rich resource of mentors in high wage, high growth occupations. E-mentoring allows young people to cross geographic and industry lines to learn about a wide variety of possible careers, one-on-one, from the people who do them. icouldbe.org is looking for people who would like to share their knowledge about their industry and union. There is no deadline for participation.

Coins in the Classroom Lesson Plan Contest
http://www.usmint.gov/kids/flashIndex.cfm
The U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site is sponsoring a "Coins in the Classroom" Lesson Plan Contest to recognize the most exciting and innovative methods of teaching with coins. Lesson plans can be submitted through October 15, 2003.

Join One or More Technical Assistance Communities of Practice
http://www.tacommunities.org/
Looking for ways to stay connected with current research and resources? Would you like to participate in discussions, and share thoughts and strategies with colleagues from around the country? Interested in contributing your expertise on topics such as successful school completion, graduation requirements, exiting data, measures and definitions, or interagency collaboration? If so, the Technical Assistance Communities of Practice (TA Communities) may be for you. The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has implemented a new program that combines its resources from the Monitoring and State Improvement Planning Division and technical assistance resources from its Research to Practice Division.

Nominate a Product to be Included on QualityMall.org
http://www.qualitymall.org/nominate/
QualityMall.org, a showcase of promising practices and innovations that promote quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities, was developed by the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration (RTC/ICI), the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS), and Human Services Research Institute (HSRI). The primary purpose of QualityMall.org is to collect and disseminate information related to or useful in promoting quality of life for persons with developmental disabilities. Nominations of materials, resources, organizations, projects, and activities for inclusion on the Web site are accepted. There is no deadline for participation.

Pacific Rim Conference 2004 – Call for Papers
http://www.pacrim.hawaii.edu/pacriminfo/pacrim2004/
This year's PacRim conference theme, "Promises to Keep, Futures to Seek", reflects on the promises and goals made and the opportunities created for persons with disabilities. This year proposals on the following topics are encouraged: Inclusion in Education and Community; Technology Across the Lifespan; Parent Partnerships and Family Supports; Life After High School; and Body, Mind, and Spirit. Submission deadline: October 1, 2003.

National Organization on Disability Call for Communities to Apply for Awards
http://tinyurl.com/k2yqa
The National Organization on Disability (N.O.D.) is urging America's mayors and chief elected officials to enter their communities in the third annual $25,000 "Accessible America" award competition, open to all U.S. cities and towns. The winner will be a city or town where citizens with disabilities have opportunities for full and equal participation in the life of their community, including access to education, jobs, voting, transportation, housing, religious worship, and a full range of social, recreational, cultural, and sports activities. It is sponsored by United Parcel Service (UPS). The 2003 competition will officially launch later this month at a Capitol Hill event commemorating the Americans with Disabilities Act's 13th anniversary. Application deadline: October 31, 2003.

The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Seeks Input on Future Directions
http://www.cessi.net/nidrrlrp/questionnaire.htm
The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) is collecting information in order to update its long-range plan. The agency is seeking input from people with disabilities, interested family or friends, service providers, and disability and rehabilitation researchers. The web-based form gives visitors an opportunity to write in what they'd like to see done in terms of research, and asks them to note whether the research would concern independent community living, disability demographics, health and function, technology, or employment. There is no specified deadline for participation.

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