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November 2003 E-News


The latest news and information from around the country.

New Projects


3rd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week
The 3rd Annual National Inclusive Schools Week will be celebrated December 1-5, 2003, in classrooms, schools, and communities throughout the country to highlight the nation's progress in providing a quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, particularly to those who have disabilities. To help schools and communities plan events and activities for the Week, the National Institute is offering an updated Celebration Kit containing publications that outline the benefits of inclusive schools, suggested readings for children and adults, celebration ideas and lesson plans, and materials to use in promoting the Week. The 2003 kit also includes specific ideas for family celebrations, classroom and school celebration ideas that honor the diverse heritages and cultures of the nation's children, and suggestions for improving family-school partnerships.

Legislative Announcements


CADRE Funded for Another 5 Years
CADRE, the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education, has successfully won a new cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, which begins October 1, 2003 and will continue through September 30, 2008. Visit their Web site for more information about CADRE.

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The Resource Zone

NCSET Resources


Issues of Transition for Youth with Disabilities from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds  (August 2003)
NCSET Teleconference Transcript
Transcript of teleconference call held August 13, 2003. The call focused on the issues that face persons with disabilities of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) heritage in relation to transition success. Specific considerations that were discussed include perceptions about self-determination, and expectations about the environments that CLD youth with disabilities are expected to transition to once they leave secondary school. Presenters included Dr. David Leake of the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Transition Success Research Project, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Dr. Soon Kim Rupnow of the National Technical Assistance Project on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa; and Dr. Paul Leung of the Rehabilitation Counseling Program, University of North Texas.


Perspectives on Serving Young Offenders with Disabilities: Litigating and Organizing Systemic Change  (October 2003)
NCSET Institute Proceeding
This CBI was held during the 9th Joint Juvenile Services Conference. Participants were provided information, resources, and training regarding the issues, service provision, and alternative methodologies for addressing youth with disabilities involved with the juvenile justice system.


Professional Development  (2003)
NCSET Web Topic
This NCSET Web topic explores the benefits of providing opportunities to teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to acquire or improve their professional knowledge and skills. Like all NCSET Web topics, it includes an introduction, frequently asked questions, related research, emerging practices, Web sites, and additional resources.

Other National Resources


Identifying and Treating Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Resource for School and Home  (2003) PDF document
This resource guide from the U.S. Department of Education, designed for families and educators, provides information on how attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is identified and treated. The guide includes sections on legal requirements, treatment options, and helpful hints about improving the quality of life at home and at school for a child identified with ADHD. Available in PDF (23 pages).


Job Applicants and the Americans with Disabilities Act  (October 2003)
Fact Sheet
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a new fact sheet designed to educate job applicants on how Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects their rights throughout the hiring process. The new publication also explains the ADA's rules on when employers may seek medical information from applicants. The fact sheet reviews the types of questions that are prohibited during interviews and on applications, and discusses what questions an employer may ask of applicants with obvious disabilities, such as deafness or loss of a limb.


People with Disabilities and Postsecondary Education  (September 2003)
The National Council on Disability undertook this synthesis in anticipation of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Students with disabilities, who now are estimated to represent nearly 10 percent of all college students, currently experience outcomes far inferior to those of their non-disabled peers. The purpose of this paper is to provide background that might guide reauthorization of the HEA to better support students with disabilities to achieve equal postsecondary outcomes.


People with Disabilities on Tribal Lands: Education, Health Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Independent Living  (August 2003)
The National Council on Disability (NCD) released this report, which documents that American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) with disabilities living in tribal lands are not receiving the services they are entitled to. The report reflects the results of a project that was developed and guided to completion in collaboration with AI/AN representatives of people with disabilities, their families, and tribal community leaders, and discusses views and perspectives of AI/AN people with disabilities, tribal leaders, and federal agency representatives identified as productive in meeting the needs of people with disabilities residing in tribal lands. This report also assesses and recommends government-to-government (state to sovereign tribal to U.S. government) improvements in the relationships needed for effective coordination across existing federally funded projects and programs.


The Involvement of Students in Their Special Education Mediations  (October 2003)
This paper, published by the Consortium for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE), identifies some of the benefits and challenges that warrant consideration by families, educators, and dispute resolution practitioners as they create opportunities for students to participate in the mediation process. Perspectives and assumptions regarding student participation are captured and strategies are presented that may contribute to an improved process for all involved.

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What's Happening

NCSET Events


A Review of the National Leadership Summit on Improving Results for Youth
Teleconference Call
November 18, 2003
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM   (Central)
NCSET teleconference call held November 18, 2003 to highlight the outcomes of the National Leadership Summit held on September 18-19 (same year) in Washington, DC. Presenters: (a) outlined the purpose and format of the Summit; (b) highlighted the findings from the data, including the 10 priority content areas and three overarching themes that emerged; (c) shared perspectives from two states on how the Summit has instituted change for them; and (d) communicated Summit follow-up technical strategies. Presented by David Johnson, Director of the National Center on Secondary Education and Transition; Wendy Collison, Education Program Specialist at the Arizona Department of Education (AZís State Team Leader at Summit); and David Sienko, Office of Special Needs, Rhode Island Department of Education (RIís State Team Leader at Summit). The transcript of this call is now available.
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Get Wired!

Web Sites


American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
AASA is the professional organization for over 14,000 educational leaders across America and in many other countries. AASAís mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to the highest quality public education for all children. AASA's major focus is standing up for public education. Web site features information on awards and scholarships, career advice, conferences, and government information.


Disability Social History Project
The Disability Social History Project is a community history project. This is an opportunity for people with disabilities to reclaim their history and determine how they want to define themselves and their struggles. The Web site features links on art and culture, disability studies, people with disabilities, and history information on specific disabilities. National Technical Assistance Center for Voting and Cognitive Access
A collaboration of eight national organizations have come together to develop a tool that states can use to comply with the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and make voting accessible to all voters and potential voters in the state. It will be one place to go, nationwide, for anyone (including people with disabilities) to get information that will assist them to register and vote. The Web site is still under construction but information is offered about the project and how you can participate.


National Center on Physical Activity and Disability
The mission of the National Center on Physical Activity and Disability (NCPAD) is to promote the substantial health benefits that can be gained from participating in regular physical activity. This site provides information and resources that enable people with disabilities to become as physically active as they choose to be.


National Organization on Disability's Emergency Preparedness Initiative
The National Organization on Disabilityís (NOD) Emergency Preparedness Initiative recently enhanced its Web site to include a bulletin board, research paper, and products and services directories. Developed after September 11, 2001, the Emergency Preparedness Initiative was developed to ensure that emergency managers address disability concerns and that people with disabilities are included in the emergency planning process. NOD seeks to increase communication and cooperation between emergency managers and the disability community, and to educate people with disabilities about what they can do to be prepared.



Technology for Independence: Community-Based Resource Center E-Mailing List
The purpose of the Technology for Independence: Community-Based Resource Center (TI-CBRC) is to facilitate the development of real-world, scientifically rigorous knowledge and research on assistive technology and environmental access for persons with disabilities in partnership with disability researchers, disability advocates, community-based organizations, and other disability community members. The mailing list provides e-mail messages about events and announcements from the CBRC.

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Funding Forecast

Additional Funding and Award Opportunities


AXA Foundation Scholarship Program
AXA Foundation in association with U.S. News and World Report will select high school seniors from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for its Achievement Scholarship Program. The 52 achievers will receive $10,000 scholarships for undergraduate education. From the state recipients, 10 students will receive additional awards of $15,000. Application deadline: December 15, 2003.


Milagro Foundation
The Milagro Foundation focuses on serving at-risk, underrepresented, and disadvantaged youth through educational programs and health services. The Foundation also supports artistic and culturally enriching programs that strengthen youth and communities. Creative programs from grassroots organizations working with and for underrepresented and underprivileged children and youth take precedence. Application deadline: on-going.

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