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Lights on Afterschool! Nationwide Rally for Afterschool Programs
The Afterschool Alliance is hosting this nationwide rally for afterschool programs on October 9, 2003. The event will rally community support for afterschool by shining the spotlight on programs at over 5,000 sites across the country. Parents, community and business leaders, elected officials, and the media will have an opportunity to see firsthand the benefits afterschool programs provide. Those interested can become a Lights On! Partner.

VSA Arts in Education Conference
Volkswagen of America, Inc. has put out a call for presenters for the VSA Arts in Education Conference that will take place June 10-11, 2004 in Washington, DC. Presentations must reflect one or more of the five core elements of inclusive arts organizations and programming: on-going assessment and evaluation, linking to organizational structure and practice, inclusive practice, multiple intelligences theory, and developmentally appropriate practice. The proposal submission deadline is August 15, 2003.

Education Department Seeks Input on Accountability for Students with Severe Cognitive Disabilities
On March 20th, 2003, the U.S. Department of Education issued a proposed rule to amend Title I under No Child Left Behind, as it relates to State, LEA, and school accountability for the academic achievement of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Specifically, the Department requests comments on what current record keeping and reporting requirements would States and LEAs use to comply with this provision and whether additional information or data will be necessary for compliance. There is not a specified deadline.

Submit Experiences for New Mobility's New Book: Youth with Disabilities
New Mobility is preparing a new book for youth with disabilities. Jean Dobbs, Executive Director of New Mobility, is striving to create a unique resource for children and teens that is filled with peer support ideas and that will serve as a vehicle for them to share their experiences. Active pre-teens or young teens or any successful youth organizations that introduce children or youth with disabilities to adaptive sports, recreation, the arts, etc are encouraged to submit their experiences. There is no specified deadline.

Join the Keep Kids Learning Campaign
Millions of struggling students fail before getting the extra help they need to learn to read and succeed academically. According to a new poll by the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the majority of parents and teachers say it takes too long for students to be identified with learning problems. Keep Kids Learning is requesting those interested to ask lawmakers to make changes so that children can begin receiving early help to address learning problems.

No Limits Media: A Call for Personal Stories from People with Disabilities
No Limits Media (NLM), a non-profit organization, was established to create television, print and Internet projects for the U.S. disability community. These projects are designed to help forge a sense of common identity and personal empowerment among people with disabilities. “The Gift” will be structured around a series of "short stories" describing the lives of people with disabilities. NLM invites the disability community to participate by providing personal stories and the names of people to contact based on those personal experiences. Please send suggestions to Exceptional Parent Magazine via e-mail to with the subject line: A Call for Stories. There is not a specified deadline for suggestions.

MTV Seeking Participants for Documentary Film
MTV is currently seeking participants for a documentary about the trials and triumphs of young people who must use wheelchairs to get around. They are searching for individuals who would like the chance to tell their story on camera and show other young people what it's really like to go to school, work, and hang with friends while using a wheelchair. Write to MTV as soon as possible at

The New International Association for Inclusive Citizenship Seeks Members and Founding Committees
Disability activist Judith Snow has announced her intention to develop a worldwide coalition of citizens committed to inclusion, called the International Association for Inclusive Citizenship (IAIC). IAIC seeks membership, founding committees, ideas, volunteer fundraisers, and assistance in getting the message out to other interested individuals.

Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2003: January 31 is National
Job Shadowing is an academically motivating activity that gives young people an up-close look at the world of work. January 31, 2003 is this year's nationwide "kick-off," continuing throughout the school year, when students across America "shadow" workplace mentors on a normal day on the job and see firsthand how skills learned in school relate to the workplace. Web site provides information and resources to conduct job shadowing in your community. The Web site includes free materials, online training, contacts throughout the country, and the latest news about this year's effort.

Nominations Invited for National Family Volunteer Award
Family Matters, a national program of the Points of Light Foundation and Volunteer Center National Network works to promote family volunteering across America. The National Family Volunteer Awards are presented by Family Matters to recognize outstanding family volunteering activities performed at any time over the past year. These volunteer efforts may include, but are not limited to, National Family Volunteer Day activities. Deadline: March 3, 2003.

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