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A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base
Conference
February 22, 2006 - February 24, 2006
Tampa, FL
This annual conference, sponsored by the Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health, is a nationally recognized forum to explore contemporary, empirical research on systems of care that promote the emotional and behavioral well-being of children and their families. Innovative methods presented at prior conferences have been utilized in practice and policy to create a framework of best practices to improve the way communities address the mental health needs of children and their families. This event is designed for researchers, evaluators, administrators, policy makers, advocates, and family members interested in applied practical systems-of-care research.

Hot Topics in Employment: Pre-Employment Testing and Leave as an Accommodation
Teleconference Call
February 21, 2006
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   (Eastern)
This teleconference presented by the ADA & IT Technical Assistance Center will explore issues around pre-employment testing and exactly what constitutes a permissible “test” and what the gray areas of testing are under the ADA. In addition, this teleconference will explore “leave as an accommodation” and clarify how “leave” applies under the ADA for qualified employees. The interplay between FMLA and the ADA will also be discussed. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Disclosure of Disability
Webcast
February 21, 2006
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM   (Central)
This Webcast will approach the topic of disability disclosure from two different perspectives. The first will be more of a legalistic focus—i.e., what can and cannot be disclosed or discussed, in light of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The second will address the disclosure issue from a "best technique" perspective—i.e., once the decision to disclose has been made, what's the best way to do so. Presented by Peggy Anderson, Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and sponsored by T-TAP and Worksupport.com. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

CTSOs’ Role in Integrating Academic, Technical, and Employability Skills
Webcast
February 16, 2006
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM   (Eastern)
Beto Gonzalez, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education, will moderate this panel of CTSO Student Leaders. Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) are an integral part of career and technical education programs. This discussion will focus on the advantages of Career and Technical Education (CTE) and how CTE is enhanced by CTSO activities. Areas to be covered include the value of CTSOs in service learning, academic enhancement, professional development, citizenship and advocacy, business-education partnerships, industry standards benchmarking, and resource management. Sponsored by National Dissemination Center on Career and Technical Education.

Creating Opportunities to Learn: A Forum for Addressing Disproportionality
Conference
February 15, 2006 - February 17, 2006
Denver, CO
This conference, sponsored by the National Center for Culturally Responsive Educational Systems (NCCRESt), will focus on creating culturally responsive educational systems to assure equity in educational outcomes for all students, and help participants eliminate the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education.

Supported Competitive Employment for Individuals with Mental Illness Web-Based Certificate Series
Online Training
January 30, 2006 - May 1, 2006
No Location Specified
This online course will provide an overview of supported competitive employment for individuals with mental illness. It includes six lessons that will be posted at two-week intervals. Lessons will include information on the following topics: career development, cultural competency, customer choice, developing business partnerships, evidence-based practice and research base, funding, interagency collaboration, marketing and job development, self-employment, social security work incentives, and workplace supports / coworker supports. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply. Offered by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention.

Technology and Transition for Individuals with Learning Disabilities
Webcast
January 26, 2006
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM   (Central)
Participants in this Webcast will come to understand the new definition of learning disability (LD) and the functional limitations associated with it, understand the rights and responsibilities of people with LD as they move to postsecondary and work environments, and review current technology and the evolution of mainstream technology as effective tools for people with LD. Presented by Wendy Strobel, Director of Training and Project Manager of Demand Pull, and sponsored by T-TAP and Worksupport.com. Registration is required and a registration fee does apply.

Data Mentoring: Building Capacity for Data-Driven Decision Making
Webcast
January 25, 2006
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM   (Pacific)
Darrell Brown, Assessment & Accountability Coordinator with Beaumont Unified School District, and Lori Van Houten, Senior Associate with WestEd’s Comprehensive School Assistance Program, will describe how Data Mentoring helped Beaumont USD go from a declining school district to part of the top 11% statewide by building the capacity of teachers to use data to inform their planning. Offered by SchoolsMovingUp, a project of WestEd. Participation is free, but registration is required.

On Your Own Without A Net: The Transition to Adulthood for Vulnerable Populations
Teleconference Call
January 24, 2006
No Location Specified
Connect for Kids and the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood are hosting a conference call on the services and supports needed by four groups of vulnerable youth making the transition to adulthood: those leaving the juvenile justice and adult corrections systems, homeless youth, youth with mental health issues, and youth leaving foster care. These populations and others are examined in the Network’s latest book, “On Your Own Without a Net.” Participation is free but registration is required; e-mail Barbara Ray, Network communications director, for the phone number and call-in instructions at hiredpen@hiredpenchicago.com.

TransPlanner! Web Seminar
Web Seminar
January 18, 2006
No Location Specified
Wizdom Education will provide a live, online presentation of its Web-based transition planning and assessment tool, the TransPlanner!. With the TransPlanner!, students, family members, and teachers can conduct a computer-assisted student interview; generate a three-year transition services plan across multiple domains; ensure transition services plans are IDEA 2004 compliant; link to community resources; and create reports that highlight student goals, visions, strengths, preferences, needs, and interests—reports suitable for use by students in IEPs. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Phil Vitkus at pvitkus@wizdom.com by January 11.

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